Cori grew up on her family's small grain and livestock operation in Northwest Indiana. In 2018, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Marketing from Marian University Indianapolis. Having shown beef cattle for 12 years at the county, state, and national levels, Cori chose to pursue a career in agriculture. Today, she serves as the Marketing Content Creator on the FBi team. In her free time, Cori enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sports, listening to live music, and traveling.
This arrangement allows your PSC to discuss your building needs in person, walk the property, and identify an ideal location for a new pole barn.
Once the contract is finalized, and construction is ready to start, you’ll be introduced to your Project Manager. They’ll schedule crews, review building changes, handle payments, and answer questions.
This handy service takes the load off of customers’ shoulders and provides peace of mind.
Who has the best customer service?
Both companies offer assistance every step of the way but in different capacities.
FBi has assembled a larger team (e.g., sales, design, engineering, project management, and construction crews) to handle a high volume of detailed building projects. Personalization and timeliness are essential.
While one point-of-contact may sound appealing, you may run into delays as your salesperson juggles multiple roles.
However, you cannot deny the added convenience of Greiner’s turn-key building services. It sets them apart from the competition.
2) Service Areas
FBi is a family-owned post frame construction company that started in 1958. Their corporate headquarters is located in Remington, Indiana. During their 60+ years, they’ve been known as the preferred post frame builder in the Midwest.
As mentioned above, their service area is limited to Indiana, Illinois, Eastern Iowa, and Southern Michigan.
Do you have a unique building project outside of their territory? They’ll pursue other options to see if it’s feasible for them to be your post frame builder.
Greiner is a family-owned and operated construction company from Washington, Iowa.
Their post frame buildings feature galvalume steel (roof and walls) coated with aluminum-zinc alloy by a continuous hot-dip process. This coating consists of 55% aluminum and 45% zinc, with a small silicon dose for fighting corrosive elements.
Depending on your pole barn colors, FBi will also use galvanized steel panels on their walls. Unlike galvalume, galvanized metal is subject to corrosion once the coating wears off.
Greiner works with the same metal manufacturer as FBi to install 29-gauge/80,000 PSI high-tensile steel.
Who has the best steel?
Both construction companies are equal when it comes to the type of steel being used. Therefore, this section is a tie between FBi and Greiner.
The type of wood that FBi uses is dependent on the building design.
Similar to their trusses, FBi creates their laminated posts in-house. These columns have greater longevity than solid posts. Each layer of lumber is completely permeated with wood preservative and kiln-dried. It prevents rot and termite damage.
But not all column treatments are equal. FBi uses columns that are treated with 0.80 lb./cu. ft. of Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) wood preservative. That’s 33% more than industry standards, which you’ll find at hardware stores and lumber yards.
Alternatively, you can opt for Perma-Columns, which are precast concrete columns sized to fit any laminated or solid post.
This solution is guaranteed to withstand insect damage, decay, and rotting. No wood goes into the ground.
Using 10,000 PSI precast concrete, Perma-Columns are 3x stronger than standard concrete. Then, the columns are reinforced with 60,000 PSI rebar welded to a ¼’’ steel bracket.
Furthermore, Perma-Columns include microfibers to add shock resistance and durability. Microsilica enhances compressive strength and erosion resistance.
The corrosion inhibitor protects the rebar reinforcement and brackets from rusting. A final admixture is added for freeze and thaw protection.
Greiner uses Glu-Lam posts made out of #1 SYP lumber. The columns are finger-jointed and won’t separate like its adhesive or nailed counterparts.
Standard Glu-Lam posts are treated with 0.60 lb./cu. ft. CCA and kiln-dried before lamination. Again, these treatments minimize decay and warping, respectively.
Additionally, Greiner offers Post Saver Sleeves with Notch Design. This thermoplastic barrier protects columns from insect and moisture damage.
The laminated posts are double layer wrapped in Bitumen and Polyethylene with a factory applied heat seal.
Bitumen is a wood coating that’s been used for 1,200+ years. Polyethylene is a waterproof membrane that’s been used for 50+ years.
Each column has uplift restraint notches on end. This system, when used with concrete, resists post-withdrawal caused by high winds.
Post Saver Sleeves with Notch Design are non-toxic and environmentally-friendly.
Who has the best columns?
While both construction companies use laminated posts, FBi’s Perma-Columns is a more sustainable option than Greiner’s Post Saver Sleeve with Notch Design.
The Post Saver Notch Design’s uplift capacity doesn’t compare to the Perma-Column’s steel anchor. FBi’s concrete column is much heavier, further resisting uplift loads. In fact, Perma-Columns add 15% to 30% more deadweight (depending on the building size).
The 10,000 PSI concrete and steel reinforcements have a greater capacity than wood in terms of resisting bending forces at ground level. This area happens to be one of the highest wind pressure points within a post frame building. Added stress on a standard post causes fatigue, affecting building longevity.
In freezing weather, Bitumen becomes brittle and will most likely crack. The black material is an active ingredient in asphalt. Paved roads tend to crumble during the winter freeze and thaw cycle.
This scenario can be applied to Post Saver Sleeves. Their decay zone is the same as the frost zone in Midwestern winters.
Lastly, smooth concrete is more aesthetically pleasing than tarred columns. It blends in well with a concrete or gravel floor. Whereas, some customers may view Post Saver Sleeves as an eyesore.
FBi’s EasyMotion sliding door was introduced to the market in 2010. One of the perks included with this door option is the StepSaver Latch, which will save you time and energy.
No more running around to the walk-in door to disengage cam latches and snugger chains. You can get inside your building in less time. Just turn the key and grab the handle. It’s that simple!
The EasyMotion door features the Posi-Guide Track. It’s an exclusive weatherproof system that ensures your sliding door opens and closes smoothly all year round.
The guide doesn’t collect rain, ice, snow, or debris (i.e., birds’ nest and leaves). A unique low-friction polymer roller is protected behind and underneath the track. This interlocking system keeps the door snug to the building.
FBi offers the following center guide options for your sliding door:
Wood center door stub
Concrete center door stub (wet or dry)
Concrete apron approach (wet or dry)
Overhead doors aren’t a standard feature with FBi pole barns. If you want to install an overhead door, FBi will work directly with their preferred vendors to get the style and size needed.
FBi’s engineers will carefully evaluate the entire building system and specify the necessary foundation, column, and header sizes needed to carry out the anticipated loads for each door.
Greiner’s sliding doors use a metal roller and track system. They utilize a unique powder-coated framing system. Often, Greiner uses steel girts for heavy-duty doors that can slide straight with less friction.
Sliding doors can be single or split units. They’ve placed doors up to 40’ wide and 20’ tall.
The maximum door width is approximately 32’ (depending on the overhead model). They require at least 2’ headroom to operate, which could be considered a drawback.
For farm shops, you can opt to install a hydraulic door. Greiner uses the same insulation in the door as your pole barn interior – no R-value loss! A tight seal lowers heat conduction. No additional headroom is needed. Widths up to 60’ can be installed.
If you like the idea of hydraulics, but you’re on a budget, Greiner can put in a bi-fold door.
Who has the best doors?
For sliding doors, FBi separates themselves apart from Greiner with their Posi-Guide Track.
Again, this system sits off the ground, eliminating door jambs caused by debris. The door track is rounded and self-cleaning (no oil needed). It’ll operate smoothly year after year.
Conversely, Greiner uses standard sliding door metal rollers. This component can rust or become weak. Their door track is exposed, which can collect debris and cause damage. As a result, you may run into issues with opening and closing your sliding door.
If you prefer to use overhead doors, both companies can find the style and size needed. Greiner gets a nod for performing their own installation.
Greiner’s windows are designed specifically for pole barn use. They’re a one-piece unit installed over metal cladding. No J-channel needed.
Their windows are available in the following colors:
Custom (contact for more details)
Who has the best windows?
This category is a tie between FBi and Greiner as they both offer windows with their pole barns.
However, we do offer one piece of advice...don’t be afraid to shop around. Sometimes, you’ll find similar windows for a lower price at the local hardware store.
Who has the best overall materials?
As for pole barn materials, FBi comes out on top. They win three out of the eight categories; those being columns, screws, and trusses. Greiner ties FBi with their doors, paint, steel, windows, and wood.
On the first day of construction, your building materials will be delivered on-site. FBi doesn’t prefer to deliver materials beforehand and have them sit out in the elements until construction crews show up.
The building size will determine the type of equipment needed. Usually, FBi brings the following machinery to a job-site:
A semi for material and delivery
Crew truck and trailer
Skid steer (if applicable)
Crane (if applicable)
Company-employed drivers deliver materials straight from their own lumber yard.
Similar to FBi, Greiner delivers their building materials to the job-site.
Who has the best delivery?
This category comes out to a tie as both companies will deliver your building components to the construction site.
FBi’s average crewmen have been employed for over 13 years. Experienced men make fewer mistakes, giving you a higher quality post frame building.
FBi has a Crew Management team of construction veterans who oversee/support foremen and their workers.
They also have rigorous SafeStart safety training and Core 54 (apprentice carpenter training) programs that all crews have to complete.
In fact, FBi’s safety program has won the NFBA’s Gold and Platinum Level Achievement, as well as the Gail Miller Distinguished Safety Award. They’ve also won multiple NFBA Crew Foreman of the Year awards.
Similar to FBi, Greiner’s construction crews are company-employed. They hire experienced workers and continually support them through training seminars on industry standards.
Their safety program has won the NFBA’s Gold and Platinum Level Achievement Award for “improving job-site safety through the development, implementation, and enforcement of a safety program.”
Who has the best construction?
Both post frame companies invest in their own construction crews, but the advantage goes to FBi.
They have tenure experience between their field workers and Crew Management teams. Their resources, coupled with direct accountability, is the best way to ensure quality performance.
A pole barn warranty is a written promise to stand behind a certain product or service. All warranties are limited, and there isn’t a standard one in the post frame industry. With that being said, you don’t want to skim through them.
Current nature of the commodities market (e.g., the price of lumber and steel)
For example, adding a porch, cupolas, and numerous doors will push you closer to the $45 per square foot. If you want a basic 30’ x 40’ without the bells and whistles, you’ll pay closer to the $15 per square foot.
Greiner prides themselves on fast and free estimates. They calculate pole barn cost on location, square footage, and finishing features.
Who has the best cost?
Typically, Greiner Buildings is cheaper than FBi in terms of raw cost. Again, multiple factors go into pricing a pole barn. However, if you’re interested in turn-key construction, Greiner may be the better (albeit more expensive) option.
Who’s Best for Your Post Frame Building Project?
Note: The star denotes personal preference based on the buyer. Please reference each section for specifics.
Every post frame builder has their advantages and disadvantages, and the final decision is solely up to you and your specific needs.
Greiner Buildings is the way to go if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop builder. Turn-key construction is important to those who don’t want the hassle of managing subcontractors.
FBi Buildings is the right choice if you’re looking to make a long-lasting investment with a more personalized sales experience.
If you’re still unsure about what to do, we recommend checking out these additional resources:
We’d be happy to work with you on your pole barn project if you’re located in Indiana, Illinois, Eastern Iowa, or Southern Michigan.
Do you have more questions that are not covered in this article? If you need help designing or planning, please contact FBi Buildings at800.552.2981orclick here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote, and a member of our Customer Engagement team will help you determine the next steps of your project.