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Angie Dobson

Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role as Marketing Project Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10 year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. Her and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.

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Building Construction  |  Building Design  |  Structural Integrity

Can You Use Steel Trusses for a Pole Barn?

Over the years, the span size of trusses has evolved. In the 1980s, post frame builders commonly used 60’ (one-ply) trusses, and larger trusses (72’ and 80’) were made of two-ply lumber. The more ply (or layered material), the stronger the truss. At the time, post frame builders were unable to hang or lift trusses without any bending or bowing. The higher up in the air, the more stress placed on the lumber. Consequently, it was easier to produce and swing one-ply trusses.

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Energy Efficiency  |  Repairs & Renovations

Can You Spray Foam an Existing Pole Barn?

Do you have an existing post frame building that you're looking to upgrade? Perhaps you're tired of a cold and drafty work environment, and you're looking to add insulation for added comfort and energy savings.  Whatever situation you find yourself in, we want to make sure that you understand the importance of energy efficiency for your pole barn. Sure, there are several ways to defend your pole building from heat loss, but our customers have highly asked about spray foam insulation.

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Building Design  |  Building Tips  |  Energy Efficiency

7 Types of Lighting to Put Inside Your Pole Barn

It’s no surprise that there are abundant uses for post frame construction. Every person uses their pole barn differently. Some pole barns are mainly used as cold storage, especially for agricultural purposes. Typically, these are only utilized during the day – making the use of a lighting plan unnecessary or straightforward.  However, if you plan on using your pole barn after dark, you’ll want to consider adding some pole barn lighting to the interior (or exterior) to keep it functional when the sun has gone down. Some of us enjoy tinkering with our hobby toys late at night, or maybe your job requires you to work long hours.

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Cost  |  Post Frame Homes  |  Residential Buildings

How Much Does a Pole Barn House Cost in 2021?

Have you been thinking about building a pole barn home, but the increase in material costs has you wary of pulling the trigger? Maybe you have already spent countless hours reading design magazines, scouring Pinterest for the latest trends, and viewing online galleries of finished building projects - you know what you want your home to look like, and you’re ready to do it now.  Surprisingly enough, building a pole barn with living quarters isn’t a new concept. However, it’s steadily gaining popularity in the housing market.

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Building Tips  |  Cost

How Much Does a 40 x 60 Pole Barn Cost in 2021?

I’m sure you’ve noticed that high-quality lumber prices are on the rise. The high prices have been a ripple effect throughout the post frame industry, and we want to make sure you’re aware of the reality of the situation. If you’ve heard that there has been a price increase on buildings, it’s not a lie.  Do you find yourself wondering if you should wait until prices go down or take the chance and invest in a pole barn this year? If you decide to stay, there is a risk that prices will continue to go up.

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Cost  |  Repairs & Renovations  |  Structural Integrity

How Much Does it Cost to Reskin a 30 x 40 Pole Barn?

Is your post frame building showing signs of old age? Are the original color choices starting to become more of an eyesore to your newly renovated home?  Because your post frame structure is exposed to the elements every day, building wear and tear is inevitable. Some weathering is minor and won’t impact your pole barn's structural integrity. Meanwhile, some aging can become worse over time if not taken care of immediately.

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