The FBi Blog

Information that gives you insight into post-frame construction and in making your building project a success.

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.

Building Tips | Structural Integrity | Site Preparation

By: Angie Dobson
December 13th, 2021

One of the most common questions our Project Sales Consultants are asked during the pole barn building process is whether or not the concrete pad should be poured before or after the post frame building is constructed.   The short answer to this question is it depends.

Building Features | Structural Integrity | Comparisons

By: Angie Dobson
November 29th, 2021

Rafters vs. trusses. Two different words that can easily be confused with one another (especially if you’re a construction newbie). Although both types of components are used to support the roof of a building, they each have their place in post frame construction.

Structural Integrity | Building Design

By: Angie Dobson
October 4th, 2021

The truss is just one component in the overall building system.  Believe it or not, you can have the most robust truss system, and your building may still fail. You’re probably wondering how that could happen, and we’ll explain why that is possible later on.  But remember, it’s important that the load path is followed to the foundation of the building as it resists multiple loads, often co-occurring. Trusses must handle all the loads applied to the roof steel and purlins and transfer those loads effectively to the columns, hence the importance of the truss to column connection. 

Building Construction | Structural Integrity | Building Design

By: Angie Dobson
September 13th, 2021

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.

Energy Efficiency | Repairs & Renovations

By: Angie Dobson
August 23rd, 2021

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.

Building Tips | Energy Efficiency | Building Design

By: Angie Dobson
July 12th, 2021

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.