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 level, Cori chose to pursue a career in the agriculture field. 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 music, and traveling.
A truss is the rigid framework of wooden members designed to support a metal roof. You’re probably familiar with its triangular shape.
In addition to supporting the roof and connected building sides, trusses are a critical part of the load path. They’re responsible for handling and transferring all stresses from the roof (via purlins and steel) to the columns.
Having well-designed trusses is essential because if one fails, the others will follow suit. This domino effect will result in building collapse. And we definitely wouldn’t want that to happen!
The truss profile, span, heel height, overhang, and web configuration depends on the building design and will vary by application.
Over the years, the span size of trusses has evolved. In the 1980s, post frame builders commonly used 60’ (one-ply) trusses. Larger trusses (72’ and 80’) were made out 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.
With that being said, FBi Buildings has developed and implemented a safe but efficient system for hanging 100’ trusses.
Determining lift points and using the correct equipment is crucial for a successful installation. When done right, the roofing system of your pole barn will be just as secure as that of a steel building.
How can we be so confident? Because we’ve learned a thing or two as the post frame industry has evolved in our 60+ years of business.
How Do Experienced Engineers Play a Vital Role in Pole Barn Construction?
However, we wouldn’t have the knowledge of truss design and grading without the help of experienced engineers.
Civil engineering refers to the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure that make up our world. The typical duties of a civil engineer include:
Analyzing reports, maps, and other data to help plan projects
Considering costs, regulations, environmental hazards, and other risk factors when planning a project
Providing estimates (e.g., materials, equipment, and labor) to determine project costs
Testing materials used in building projects
Using software to plan and design structures that line up with industry and government standards
In order to be a civil engineer, one will need a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or one of its specialties.
Leadership positions require a Professional Engineering (PE) license. A PE oversees the work of other engineers, approves blueprints, and signs off on construction projects. State licensure varies by state, but general requirements include:
Relevant work experience under a licensed engineer
Some contractors or construction companies hire external engineers. We recommend working with post frame builders who have licensed engineers on staff. Why? Because outside firms don’t always have your best interest at heart.
Whereas, in-house engineers work with you on your pole barn project from start to finish. They think creatively and strategically to provide a better end product for you.
The FBi Engineering Department consists of four individuals with degrees in engineering and its specialties (i.e., agricultural, architectural, biological, and civil). They work closely with our salespeople to determine design requirements while meeting customers’ needs and wants.
What Are the Advantages of 100’ Clear-Span Trusses?
The most significant advantage of using 100’ pole barn trusses is the lack of interior load-bearing walls. It gives you the design flexibility to maximize your building space.
Warehouses have easier access to assembly lines, deliveries, equipment, and trucks.
Horse barns can add indoor riding arenas, which means equine enthusiasts can enjoy their horses, rain or shine.
Are you interested in building a wider pole barn for maximized workspace? If so, clear-span trusses are the best option for you.
Will Your Pole Barn Have 100’ Clear-Span Trusses?
Whew! We understand that was a lot of information to absorb. If there’s one thing we want you to take away from this reading, it’s that clear-span trusses are ideal for consumers interested in wider pole barns.
The end result is a spacious but versatile structure that will meet your needs and wants.
Pole barn trusses have come a long way since we joined the post frame industry in 1958. From truss span to lumber grading, it’s amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come. Of course, this growth is mostly due to engineers and their contributions.
Are you ready to build a pole barn? You can design your own building with our 3D design tool. Save, print, or email your floor plan to family and friends.
Are you ready for a quote? Submit your design to us, and a member of our sales team will give you a call to begin the estimating process.
We also recommend that you check out The Ultimate Guide to Building a Pole Barn. This guide will help you navigate the steps you need to take to insure your post frame project gets done on time and under budget.