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7 Questions to Ask Your Pole Barn Builder (So You Get the Best Crew)

Congratulations, you’ve decided to build your dream pole barn! You’ve been consciously saving your money for months, or even years. Now that you have the funds, your free time consists of designing the perfect building online. A 60 x 120 x 20 insulated hobby shop with storage for your classic car collection. You can barely contain your excitement as the floor plan starts to take shape.

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Should I General Contract My Pole Barn? Pros, Cons & Best Practices

There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who make things happen Those who watch things happen Those who wonder what happened Since you’re reading this blog about general contracting your pole barn or post frame building, there’s a pretty good chance that you fall in the “make things happen” group.

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Strong Winds and Pole Barn Repairs: 7 Tips You Need to Know

As a professional pole barn builder, we understand that the weather can be unpredictable and uncontrollable, especially if you live in the Midwest like us. One day, the meteorologist calls for a brutal chill and inches of snow. The next day, it’s sunny with temperatures in the mid-50s.

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Determining the Right Pole Barn Size: 3 Tips You Need to Know

The million dollar question when building a pole barn is, “How do I know what size pole barn I will need?” It’s not uncommon for this question to come up during almost every conversation we have with our customers...and rightfully so. Figuring out what size you need can be a tough decision, especially if you’re thinking ahead about future building expansion.

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Build Your Dream Horse Barn: Our Top 5 Designs

As you countdown the remaining days of winter, it’s time to start planning the perfect project for warmer weather. This spring, focus on a project that you’ll enjoy for years to come, such as your dream horse barn! 

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Pole Barn Insulation: 4 Ways to Defend Your Building From Heat Loss

Brace yourself, winter is officially among us. Parts of the country, especially Midwestern and Northeastern states, are witnessing record-breaking low temperatures. To combat the brutal chill (and utility costs), you can take inexpensive precautions to keep the cold out of your house. 

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The History of FBi Buildings

Deciding to build a pole barn is a large undertaking. From making the initial calls to the best pole barn builders, all the way to the final touches. The people designing and constructing your post frame building influence your overall experience...from start to finish.

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7 Common Questions About Our Pole Barns

It’s not uncommon for customers to call in and ask the same questions. Some of the most frequent ones that we hear are, “What’s your average cost per square foot?” “How custom can I make my pole barn?” Or, the one that gets asked more than others, “I don’t live in your territory, but could you build my post frame building?” We applaud our customers for asking these questions. We want them to ask these questions. Why? Because we want to be open and honest with everyone that calls in.

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3 Benefits of Building a Pole Barn Before Summer

It's not uncommon for our customers to think that the best time to build a pole barn is during the summer. If you didn't know any better their reasoning makes perfect sense. Why?

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Pole Barn Pictures: Inspiration For Your Building

When you finally decide that it’s time to build a pole barn, what is the first step that you take? Some customers will call into our corporate office and ask for a pole barn quote. They generally know what size they’re looking for when they’re hoping to build and if they need assistance with financing.

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Our Top 5: Pole Barn Hobby Shops

Have you thought about where you are going to store all of your nice hobby toys such as your boat that you fished on this past summer or that ATV that you and your kids had a blast on this past fall?  Perhaps you plan on purchasing a snowmobile this winter and you’re running out of adequate storage space.

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4 Residential Pole Barn Buildings: Exploring Your Options

Storage. Like it or not it’s something that we all need. If you’re like some, it’s something that we just have to have. Why? Because we are running out of space...and we have too much stuff. Our house is full. Our closets are full. Our basements are full. Our attics are full. And guess what? We keep getting more stuff to add to the mix. And guess what? If you have kids or plan on having kids it doesn’t get any better. Kids want a lot of stuff.

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Our Top 5 Farm Shops: More Than Just A Pole Barn

Whether farming is your hobby or your business, we understand the many unique requirements of building a safe, efficient and attractive post-frame building. It all starts with good planning and intelligent design. The goal in all of this is to arrive at a building that. Whether you’re looking at building a new building or adding on to the one you currently have, we rounded up our top five farm shops that are perfect for those with a farming hobby or business.

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Our Top 5: Farm Shop and Machine Storage Pole Barns

If you’re a full-time farmer (or even a part-time farmer) who would like multiple pole barn buildings to maximize operational efficiency, but you also have a limited budget, a multi-purpose post frame building might be the solution you’ve been searching for. Why? Because you get the best of both worlds and you’re also saving money by doing so.

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The 3 Best Ways to Heat a Pole Barn

If you live in the Midwest (like we do), you never know what type of weather you’re going to get...especially in the winter months. Why? Because winter can be unpredictable. One day it’s warm...the next day it’s rainy...and the next day? There’s so much snow on the ground that you’re stuck at home. But what happens when it gets cold? What actions do you take to make sure that your home is nice and cozy on the inside?

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How To Fix a Pole Barn Sliding Door: 5 Easy Steps

Your pole barn is up and it’s fulfilling everything that you needed it to and then some.  Your tractors and trucks have a nice place to stay in the custom hobby shop during the winter months, and you have already been utilizing the custom farm shop to work on those projects that have gotten away from you. But then life happens...

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Is a Pole Barn Addition Right for You?

Your pole barn or post frame building is key to your operation. Your day-to-day activities happen in this building. Your future generations will be working in this building. Or maybe, if you’re in the commercial industry, your monthly income is dependent on this building. But, what happens when the building gets crowded? What happens when you realize that you’re running out of space? What happens when it finally hits you that this building just isn’t big enough?

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Can You Build a Pole Barn in The Winter?

Now that the cold weather is here to stay (especially with the snow that we've been getting recently), we are often times faced with the same question from our customers, "Can you build a pole barn in the winter?" The answer is simple...yes we can.

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Pole Barn Additions: 5 Considerations for Expanding Your Building

Your pole barn or post frame building is key to your operation. Your day-to-day activities happen in this building. Your future generations will be working in this building. Or maybe, if you’re in the commercial industry, your monthly income is dependent on this building. But, what happens when the building gets crowded? What happens when you realize that you’re running out of space? What happens when it finally hits you that this building just isn’t big enough?

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3 Money-Saving Ways to Heat and Cool Your Post Frame Building

Did you know that heating and cooling are the largest energy drains in post frame buildings with climate controlled spaces? If you think about it...it does make sense. Heat rises to the top of any building, and if your building isn’t well insulated what happens to the heat? It will escape through the top of your building, or around any windows and doors that aren’t properly sealed.

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The Best Farm Building Floor Plans

Have you been thinking about building a new post frame farm shop, tractor storage pole barn, or even a seed warehouse building? There are many things to take into consideration during the planning stage of your new post frame building project and sometimes–ok...let's be real now–the majority of the time, it can be a stressful process.

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Is Renovating a Post Frame Building Practical?

Over time, post frame buildings, aka pole barns, can lose their original luster...especially if they’re anywhere from 50-60 years old. We’ve all seen it before–the metal is starting to rust, the sliding doors aren’t functioning as they should, and you’ve been struggling with a roof leak that you just can’t seem to fix...no matter how many times you get someone to come out and look at it.

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Top 5 Pole Barn Warranty Essentials: What Should Your Warranty Cover?

Most big purchases we all make today come with some sort of warranty. Whether it’s your new car or truck, a major appliance, or that shiny new 65” TV you just had to have...they all have some type of coverage. And what’s the first thing that the salesperson will ask you when you decide to make your purchase? “Would you like to buy the extended warranty package?”

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Which Type of Door is Best for Your Pole Barn?

Helping farmers and agri-business owners determine the building that best meets their current and future needs is how we got our start back in 1958. Fast forward 60 years later, we’ve built thousands of agricultural buildings throughout the Midwest...each one unique to the farmer or business owner’s needs.

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Custom Built Pole Barn vs Pole Barn Kit: Which Is Right for You?

Congratulations! You’re finally out on your own...living in the ‘real world’ and you couldn’t be happier. You have the freedom to do whatever you want when you want, and it feels so good.

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Post Frame Buildings vs Steel Frame Buildings: Which is Better?

When you’ve finally decided to build a new post frame building, especially large commercial buildings, you’ve probably gone back and forth between post frame and steel frame. More than likely you’ve convinced yourself that steel is stronger than wood. That steel will last longer than wood. That steel will go up faster than wood.

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Post Frame Home vs Stick Built: What Should You Choose?

It’s a nice, sunny day and you find yourself driving down a country road. What do you see? Fields of corn. Pastures with cows. Post frame sheds. A stick built home currently being constructed. Another stick built home...or so you think.

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Design Your Pole Barn in 3D

Our new and improved online design tool helps you take the guesswork out of choosing the right building size and location for your business, garage or farming operation. Not only are you able to design you own custom post frame building, you can also determine window and door placements and exterior finishing options.

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Who Are the Best Pole Barn Builders in the Midwest?

It can be very overwhelming looking for the best pole barn builders for a number of reasons: You’re going to be spending a lot of money on a pole barn. You want this building to last at least 40-50 years. You want to make sure you’re making the right decision.

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Top 5 Pole Barn Builders in Indiana: Who’s Best for Your Project?

The world wide web has changed drastically since 1989...technology, in general, has changed. Everything we do we rely on technology in one way or another. If we want to know where to eat, we ask Siri. If we want to know the weather, we look on our smartphone. If we want to know the score to the ballgame, we Google it. 

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Pole Barn Financing: 5 Lenders to Choose From

Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to move forward with your pole barn building project. You know what size you want, you know what colors you’re going to choose, and you even know what the interior is going to look like.

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3 Tips for Choosing the Best Post Frame Builder

Building a post frame building takes a lot of time, commitment, and dedication on the buyer’s end. There’s a lot of moving parts and pieces that go into the decision-making process, such as:

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How Much Does a Pole Barn Cost: 5 Forgotten Factors

Here at FBi Buildings, we get calls daily from people asking, “How much does a pole barn cost?" There are multiple factors that will influence your unique pole barn's cost. Your builder will quote you on a building shell, but what about the other costs? In this article, we’ve composed a list of common items that will help you get a realistic picture of what the total project cost will be. To arrive at a realistic pole barn cost estimate of what the whole project is going to cost on your new building, you first need to get a handle on these project component costs.

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Expanding Your Commercial Business? Let's Talk About Vision.

Are you ready to expand your business and move into a new commercial building? Have you developed a clear vision, or strategy, for your commercial building project? This is going to require some serious thinking – because time well spent now can prevent many headaches, such as delays or cost overruns, later.

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Post Frame Renovations: What Can You Do?

Over time, buildings can lose their original luster. We’ve all seen it before–the paint is peeling off, the doors aren’t functioning, and that roof is going to cave in any day. Maybe one morning you woke up to realize you want to refresh the building you love. It is full of history and memories, and you want to guarantee that it will last. We want to help you spruce up your building.

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Is a Post Frame Home Right for Me?

While it’s important to determine if post frame is right for you, it’s just as important to figure out if you’re right for post frame. It takes a certain type of homeowner to get the most out of a post frame home. But before we discuss who that ideal customer is, let’s go over the basics of post frame construction.

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5 Ways to Take Control of Your Building Project

Storage buildings go by a lot of names: Utility barns, shops, sheds, outbuildings—you name it. But they all have one thing in common: they’re invaluable for safeguarding your valuables, from classic cars to ATVs, RVs, tractors, tools, equipment and more.

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3 Roles That Will Help Finish Your Job On Time

Who doesn’t love a good surprise? A surprise birthday party, surprise tickets to a game, you name it. But do you want to know a surprise that nobody wants? Finding out that there has been an accident on their job site–because that means more time and more money. 

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Post Frame Repairs: 7 Tips You Need to Know

Disaster strikes your building and you don't know where to turn....unfortunately, that is something that we have to worry about with living in the midwest. The weather is unpredictable. Turn of events are unpredictable. And, if you don't get your building repaired correctly...the longevity of your building can be unpredictable. We've put together a list of 7 tips to help you find the right builder to repair your post frame building.

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Operating Costs: What Do I Need to Know for My Commercial Project?

In our previous blog about adding value to your building project, we covered the proper ways to manage your project and why starting the planning process early is key to a successful project. Tips #6 and #7 cover operating costs and selecting the right construction professionals.

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How to Add Value to Your Commercial Building Project

In our previous blog about making sure your site is right, we touched on making sure the land is right for your building and proper drainage. Tip #4 and #5 cover project management and planning ahead.

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Make Sure Your Commercial Building Site is Right

In our previous blog about adding value to your commercial post frame building, we touched on building location and determining financing. Tip #3 is to make sure the land is right for your building.

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2 Tips to Get Your Building Project Started

Starting a new project, process, or innovation is an important step for any business owner. FBi works together with our customers to help them define and refine what their needs for a new building will be. Asking the right questions from the start helps proficiently advance the process.

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Site Preparation 101

Doesn’t site prep seem tedious? And it certainly can be. There’s a decent amount of coordination that goes into it. For those of us that are not overly organized, it’s not exactly an exciting part of the building process. Needless to say, this won’t make site prep go away, but it’s designed to inform you to make the site prep for your next building as simple and painless as it can be.

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How to Avoid Condensation in Your Post Frame Building

Did you know that condensation control starts with site preparation? Who would have thought, right? But how do you manage it? Removal of all sod, humus, and organic matter pre-construction eliminates the risk of that natural material decomposing later, causing the flooring to settle and crack. Coarse stone is layered over a crowned base to prevent any capillary action from occurring. Fill material can often be problematic itself. Wet fill material can hold up to 15 pounds of water/cubic.

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Understand Permitting for Post Frame Construction

If you close your eyes (but not right now cause you should keep reading) and think about obtaining permits or dealing with zoning issues what words come to mind? Perhaps confusing, complicated, or frustrating? Well here’s some good news–it doesn’t have to be.

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Project Planning Saves You Money, Time and Stress

Building a new building can be complicated – but not if you start at literally the ground up. A successful project starts with the ideal site selection and then preparing the site to maximize its usefulness and save money in the process. Keep in mind that good, early decisions make for the best long-term building. Plus, it’s also critical from the start to carefully consider functions: the purpose of the building – office, equipment shed or barn.

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Determining the Cost of Your Post Frame Building Project

There are multiple aspects that go into determining the cost of your pole barn or post frame building. Your builder will quote you on a building shell, but what about the other costs? Here’s a list of common items that you’ll want to remember. Getting quotes on each of these items early will help you eliminate surprise costs over the course of your project.

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5 Keys to Managing Condensation in Your Post Frame Building

“It’s the little things” – it’s a phrase we hear so often to express how little things build up over time to make a difference. Sometimes it’s a positive difference as in a kindness, or someone looking out for another. But it can be said about troublesome issues that accumulate over time.

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Wood Frame Pole Barns vs Steel Frame Buildings

What advantages does a pole barn have over a steel frame building? In a previous blog post we mentioned how a metal building can have either a wood frame or a steel frame. Which is better? The answer to that question depends on your priorities.

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Recommended Interior Liner Systems for Your Post Frame Building

The Energy Advantage Package is our recommended high performance interior liner system. With the Energy Advantage, your building becomes more attractive, energy efficient and useful. The high-tensile steel liner (or plywood, OSB, drywall or any combination) covers all interior framing, improving appearance and reducing maintenance.

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Post Frame Buildings: Why They're Energy Efficient

To any building owner, energy represents the single largest controllable operating expense. Most of this energy is used for heating, cooling, and lighting. No matter what type of post-frame building you are planning, the more energy efficient you make your building, the higher the up-front investment will be.

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Build Your Legacy With a Commercial Post Frame Building

  For Phil Bane, CEO of Bane-Welker Equipment, the look and design of his commercial post frame buildings is key. He wants space that is welcoming to his customers and is something the community can be proud of. These buildings help represent 50 years of legacy started by Phil's father in 1967. While the design and quality of these buildings is superb (according to Phil), the values shared by FBi Buildings and Bane-Welker Equipment are extremely important; family, community, trust, and integrity are just a few. 

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Did You Know the Watseka Ford Dealership is a Post Frame Building?

Elevate your business with a commercial, post frame building When people think of a pole barn or post frame building, they often picture a farm shop or cold storage building for agriculture. What many people don't know is that post frame construction gives you flexibility in design and is a great option for commercial buildings, including automotive dealerships.

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Is it Time to Replace the Sliding Doors on Your Post Frame Building?

Are your sliding doors getting harder to open? Are they starting to deflect or warp due to extreme weather? Is there too much friction causing the door to drag? If you answered yes to any of these questions, there are several things you might want to consider before investing in new doors.

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More Than Just Pole Barns: We Build Legacies

Your farm is more than fields of corn and beans, it's the family's heritage and future. Hear Dick Clark from Remington, Indiana, share the legacy of his farm and the shared values between his family business and the FBi Buildings family. 

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Post Frame Building Columns: What's Our Standard?

There’s a lot riding on your foundation and the last thing that you want to have happen is for your post frame building to not be able to withstand strong winds - or even worse - not last as long as you were hoping for. When you think of column options, do you know what your choices are? Did you even know that there were several choices to choose from? That's where your builder should be helping you out. 

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Establishing Finish Floor Elevation for Your Post Frame Building

Your goal is to ensure your project runs smoothly, on time and on budget - all while maximizing your project objectives, such as exterior flow and interior building layout. It is necessary to fully consider drainage issues, code compliance and fire precaution options, and many other critical issues that improve your satisfaction and help avoid regret. 

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Condensation Management in a Post Frame Building

Water condenses when warm, moisture-laden air contacts a cooler surface, such as the underside of your roof steel. Because lower-temperature air cannot hold as much moisture as warmer air, the excess humidity turns into water droplets. Then….drip, drip, drip! But if you reduce the humidity inside, you dramatically reduce condensation.

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How to Determine Estimated Pole Barn Project Costs

To arrive at a realistic estimate of what your pole barn building project is going to cost, you need to get a grasp of the major project component costs. What do we mean by that? You know...site costs, design, construction, etc. All of these are a factor when it comes to overall building price. 

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Steel Prices Expected to Rise: Take Advantage of Lower Cost Now!

There are many complex factors that go into the price of steel. In our global economy, distant and seemingly obscure things can factor into the production of steel, affecting the price. Suddenly, events in a country on the other side of the world can have an affect on how much steel costs for a car manufacturer or construction company in the United States. A natural disaster in India or a labor dispute in Russia can dramatically impact the price of steel.

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Floor Plan Ideas for a Farm Shop: 3 Tips to Get You Started

“FBi made a dream of mine materialize. More important, they made a building that is a dream.”  - John R. Eich, Jr., Crown Point, Indiana

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What is Diaphragm Design? Why is it Important?

When designing a building for lateral loads, such as those generated by wind or earthquakes, designers have several alternatives, including braced or rigid frames, diagonal rods, ‘X’ bracing, etc. Buildings can also resist extreme lateral loads through the application of a principle called ‘diaphragm design.’

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The Permanent Concrete Column System for Post Frame Buildings

Columns, or posts, are one of the most important elements in post frame construction because they are the final point of transfer for most building stresses to the foundation. The posts can be buried to the ground or anchored to an above ground concrete foundation.

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Post Frame Building Insurance: 6 Common Questions

The widespread storms across Indiana and Illinois this winter have created havoc on many post-frame buildings. Now is the perfect time to figure out how to get the coverage you expect and what types of questions you need to be asking yourself. To make it easier for you, we've put together a list of the six common questions that are asked for post frame insurance.

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Popular Color Combinations for Post Frame Buildings

Our “palette” of attractive colors presents more “curb appeal” than ever before. And our exclusive Gloss Retention Warranty assures that your FBi building will still look like new well into the future

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Screws vs Nails: Which is More Superior?

There are plenty of ways to put up your post frame building, but how do we know it's built to last? Because much of the post frame building strength comes from the diaphragm of steel on the sides and roof, the more secure the steel is affixed to the wood framing, the stronger the building. But do we know the difference between screws vs nails?

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Heating & Cooling Options for Your Post Frame Building

Heating and cooling are the largest energy drains in post frame buildings with climate-controlled spaces. If you plan to cool and/or heat all or even a part of your building, you will want to make educated decisions about purchases and installations.

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Wood Header vs Steel Header in Post Frame Buildings

What exactly is a header? A header is a horizontal beam that crosses and supports the ends of joists, studs and rafters. Headers, which are located over doors, windows and wall openings, help distribute loads by transferring weight to parallel joists, studs or rafters. There are different options for headers, such as: Sawn Lumber Headers Alternative Lumber Headers Glue-lam Headers Steel Headers

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Lumber Preservatives CCA vs ACQ: Are they Equal?

As of January 2004 there was a change in the chemical preservatives used for pressure treated lumber available for residential use in the United States. Up until that time, almost all pressure treated Southern pine lumber was preserved with Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA), which contains arsenic, a carcinogen. 

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The Three Phases of a Pole Barn Quote: What to Expect

You've made it. You’re finally ready to start calling pole barn builders for quotes. Before you move forward any further in your planning, you want to know a ball-park range cost of the building you have in mind. Are you already beyond your budget or do you have room to expand on what you know you want?

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Leasing vs Bonus Depreciation for Your Farm Building

Machinery and equipment expense typically represents a major cost in agricultural production. Purchasing equipment with the use of personal or business equity and loans from financial institutions or equipment manufacturers have been the typical method of obtaining machinery services for most farm operations.

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How to Create the Perfect Interior for Your Farm Shop

For many, figuring out how to finish the interior of your shop is often harder than deciding on what to do with the exterior. There are many different options you can choose from, so we have helped you by making the decision process a bit easier. The following list is helpful to many when deciding how to create the perfect interior for your farm shop.

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Post Frame Building Trends: The Three R's of Renovation

Renovations were on farmers’ minds at the Farm Progress Show and there were a lot of questions about what could and should be done to improve existing buildings. Most of these fell into one of three buckets: roofing, re-finishing interiors, and replacing doors. 

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Post Frame Building Trends: Protecting Columns From Rot

Rot is a fungus that flourishes with moisture, oxygen and darkness. Most of the microbial action takes place within 6” of the surface, and when it does, it can damage your building’s structural integrity—and your savings.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Farm Progress Show Q&A

 Visitors to our building had a lot of questions about FBi Buildings. Here are our answers.

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Do You Need a Pole Barn Addition?

“We added a connection because we were short on storage space. We decided on a connection because we wanted more space in the same building. Adding on to the end made most sense because that’s where we had the additional land.”

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3 Tips You Need to Know When Building a Pole Barn

If you are like most of the people we talk to, you don’t mind paying a little more if you can see value in what you’re getting for your dollar. Be sure you know what you’re getting because there is a big difference in components.

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The 2015 Farm Progress Show closed yesterday. And what a show it was.

  The largest trade show in the United States and the “Super Bowl of AG,”  this year’s event set all new records for number of exhibitors and attendees. More importantly, it gave farmers from across the country and throughout the world the opportunity to see the latest innovations in agriculture.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Interior Liner Options

At the Farm Progress Show, we wanted you to see the thought and detail that goes into one of our buildings. How did we do that? We exposed walls, featured various insulation and liner options, and highlighted numerous details.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Adding On To Your Existing Building

At the Farm Progress Show, we answered a lot of questions about modifying an existing building, including lean-tos and porches. In our experience, an addition can be a great option, but it’s not always a simple one. We strongly recommend engaging a building engineer or designer first.

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Building a Crew: Tips to Finding Good Help

FBi Buildings is a company with a strong foundation: a legacy of principled leadership, breakthroughs in innovation and decades of nimble growth and adaptation. However, as deep as our history is, we are not confined by the past.

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Overhead Doors vs Pole Barn Sliding Doors: What's Best For You?

Once you’ve chosen the building site, it’s time to focus on the building floor plan. Considering your door type, size and placement first will greatly affect how well your building works for you. For some, it can be a tough decision to choose from overhead doors or sliding doors. But, it doesn't need to be. It all depends on what works best for YOU.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Welcome to Your Post Frame Home

Every year at the Farm Progress Show, we hear a fair number of questions about post-frame structures as residences. Here are some key points about this type of building, and how we can work with you to find the right solution for your needs.

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Will a Pole Barn Increase My Property Value?

How much value will a pole barn actually ad? According to the IRS, adding a pole barn to your property will ad value to your property - but, not nearly as much as you paid. Why? The cost of building a pole barn is not deducted from income taxes until the property sells, when cost is deducted as a capital expense. Pole barns are relatively inexpensive to build; nevertheless, they can increase the value of the property they're built on. The flexibility and durability of pole barns make them attractive alternatives to other forms of construction. 

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Why Does My Post Frame Building Rust?

Despite being one of the most common and useful manufactured materials in the world, steel has always had one major flaw...it rusts. Why steel products rust in the first place makes for an interesting topic.

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What To Do After Your Building is Damaged by a Storm

 There are some things that are just out of our control. Storms and weather are one of those things that, as much as we would like to, we can’t control. “It rains on the just and the unjust alike” as the old adage goes. When storms roll through and cause catastrophic damage, insurance companies call it “an act of God” - something that’s natural and completely out of our control.

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What Makes a Quality Post Frame Builder?

“You get what you pay for.” Have you ever heard that phrase uttered without feeling like you’re being punished? The implication is that quality will cost you an arm and a leg. Some quotes for your next building are coming in high, and others low. Does the same rule apply? Do higher price points automatically mean a better product?

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What Does Your Barn Have to Say About that Snow Storm?

Mother Nature is unpredictable, to say the least. No matter how prepared you may be, no matter how many i’s you’ve dotted or t’s you’ve crossed, a weather event could take you by surprise.

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3 Steps To Getting Your Post Frame Home Off The Ground

 

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The Importance of Steel Strength for Your Post Frame Building

In post frame construction, the most common exterior sheathing is pre-painted, corrugate steel panels. These panels form the walls and roof of the typical post frame building and end up making up a large part of your building. Since the steel panels play such an integral role in your building’s structural integrity, it’s important to make sure you have good, strong steel. But, do we know the importance of steel strength? There are two main measurements used to indicate the strength of steel: Gauge & Yield Strength.

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Strong Winds and Your Pole Barn: 6 Factors to Consider

We all know the impact strong winds can have on a barn; sometimes it’s minimal, sometimes it’s disastrous. In our experience, the big difference is design and engineering that takes into account all the factors that influence wind load, such as:

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Slab Over Grade in Post Frame Construction

How thick should I pour my floor? Do I need reinforcing? Which type of reinforcement is best? How much load can I put on it? Will my fork truck crack it? Do I really need joints in my floor? Should I install a polyethylene vapor barrier or vapor retarder underneath the whole slab? And how much do all these things matter?

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Screws vs Nails: Where to Use them in Your Post Frame Building

There are plenty of ways to put up your post frame building, but how do we know it's built to last? Because much of the post frame building strength comes from the diaphragm of steel on the sides and roof, the more secure the steel is affixed to the wood framing, the stronger the building. But do we know the difference between screws vs nails?

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Our Top 5 Indoor Riding Arenas: More Than Just A Horse Barn

Are you wanting to build a new riding arena but not sure where to begin? Our top 5 indoor riding arenas will help get you started! Whether horses are your hobby or your business, we understand the many unique requirements of building safe, efficient and attractive equine facilities. It all starts with good planning and intelligent design. 

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Managing Condensation in Your Post Frame Building

Condensation is a naturally occurring phenomenon and is fairly common in the post frame industry. Condensation occurs when warm, moisture-laden air comes in contact with a cooler surface, such as the underside of your roof steel; similar to the way a cold can of soda sweats in the summer.

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Post Frame Building Trends: Warm, Cool & Efficient

Every year during the Farm Progress Show we have a lot of visitors who come to the FBi Building and share their concerns about crop prices, yields and tighter budgets. So it just makes sense that they also have a lot of questions about heating, cooling, insulation and energy efficiency. 

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Post Frame Building Trends: How Tall Can My Building Be?

As farms grow bigger, so does agricultural equipment and the need for larger, taller farm buildings. No wonder we receive lots of questions about building size during the Farm Progress Show.

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Building a Post Frame Home? Don't be Surprised.

If you’ve read our other blogs on post frame homes — if not, I suggest you do — then you should have a basic understanding of how they differ from conventional homes. You should also understand that they present a few challenges that are unique to post frame, such as permitting and financing. However, there is something else unique to post frame as well....

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3 Tips to Getting Your Post Frame Home Off the Ground

 Ken Culbreth, Director of Project Management at FBi Buildings, gives you some insight into three challenges you might face before starting your post frame building project. 

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