«  View All Posts

Posts | Warranty

Pole Barn Warranty: One That Can’t Be Beat

April 9th, 2019 | 9 min. read

Angie Dobson

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 of Sr. Marketing and Inside Sales 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. She 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.

Print/Save as PDF

What do big purchases (e.g., appliances, electronics, pole barns, and vehicles) have in common? 

Warranties. Those written guarantees by manufacturers to purchasers promising to repair or replace defective products/services with a specified period.

Most product warranties are available on the manufacturer’s website. So, where can you find your post frame builder’s warranty? Is it listed on their website too? Or, do you have to speak with a salesperson?

Naturally, we gravitate towards search engines. You may have keyed the phrase “pole barn warranties” into Bing or Google. Did you find the right information? Maybe you clicked on this article instead.

Post frame warranties shouldn’t be a secret, including our own. In this article, we take an in-depth look at FBi Buildings’ warranty.

Before we go too far, do you know the purpose of this agreement?

Prior to investing in a new pole barn, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which parts are covered by your warranty?
  • Which parts are not covered by your warranty?
  • How quickly will your builder respond to the warranty claims?

You must understand what is and what isn’t covered should a defect occur. Double-check all coverages, conditions, and exclusions.

If needed, your Project Sales Consultant will be able to provide you with a better understanding.

Pole Barn Repair Quote_FBi Buildings

What Is Covered Under FBi’s Pole Barn Warranty?


1) Columns (Lifetime)Pole_Barn_Warranty_Columns_Roof_Structure

Our columns are rated for a lifetime warranty to the purchaser of the post frame structure. Unless you’re operating a commercial business, which is limited to 40 years. 

We’ll repair or replace the pressure-treated section of any laminated column, whose failure is caused by decay or insect damage. Free of charge.

For 10 years post-completion date, we’ll supply replacement material for any 4x6 solid post, whose failure is caused by decay or insect damage. Examples include interior deck systems and exterior porches.

Please note that if you did not purchase the structure, we cannot transfer the warranty to you.


2) Roof Structure (20 Years)

After the completion date, we’ll repair or replace the original roof structure if the damage is caused by snow loads within the building design parameters. Free of charge.

We’ll honor the structural warranty for 20 years. The building won’t be covered if the snow loads are greater than the building design parameters.


3) Red Rust (15 Years)

Next, we’ll repaint or replace any galvalume roof or wall panels that exhibit discoloration due to red rust. The iron oxide must occur under normal conditions and be clearly visible in casual observation.

This warranty is guaranteed for 15 years. However, if you have red rust at the cut edges of steel, it won’t be covered.


4) Paint (40 Years)

Furthermore, we’ll repair or replace any panel where the paint has separated from cracking, peeling, or chipping. This guarantee is valid for 40 years.

Also, we’ll repair or repaint any panel that experiences excessive chalking or color change in the following numerical units:

Chalk Not in excess of numerical rating 9 for sidewall applications. Not in excess of numeral rating 8 for roof applications. ASTM D-4214 method A procedures.
Color Change No more than 4∆E Hunter Units for sidewall applications. No more than 5∆E Hunter Units for roof applications when tested in accordance with ASTM D-2244 method A procedures.

Steel panels that experience chalking or color change will be fulfilled for 20 years.

Please note that all standard FBi colors carry this warranty. Non-standard colors may carry a different warranty.


5) Gloss Loss (5 Years)

According to the Standard Test Method for Specular Gloss, there will be no measurable loss for 5 years from the installation date when components are used in a sidewall configuration.


6) Fastener Red Rust (Lifetime)

We’ll repair or replace any exterior screw fastener that shows visible stains or failure caused by red or white rust. We’ll carry out this agreement for the lifetime of the original purchaser. 

Again, if you didn’t purchase the structure, then we cannot transfer the warranty to you. 

Pole Barn Repair Quote_FBi Buildings

7) Roof Leaks (5 Years)

Moreover, we’ll repair (without charge) any roof leaks due to defects in material or workmanship for 5 years upon completion. 


8) Sliding Doors (Lifetime)Pole_Barn_Warranty_Sliding_Doors

Lastly, we’ll supply replacement parts for any horizontal sliding door part that fails under normal use. This warranty is valid for the lifetime of the original purchaser.

Please note that if your sliding door fails from being backed into, then we cannot honor the warranty free of charge.

In addition, we’ll repair or replace any defective component due to material or workmanship for 1-year post-construction.  

You’ll receive a notification before the year is up. It’s important to look over your post frame building beforehand.


What Isn’t Covered By FBi’s Pole Barn Warranty?

If you have any warranty issues that need to be addressed, you must understand what isn’t covered. It’s not uncommon for post frame builders to have a section that lists any excluded items.

FBi's warranty does not cover the following items listed below:

  • Any item not furnished and installed by the seller.

  • Buildings not erected by the seller (including material packages)

  • The building structure when snow load exceeds historical norms, as stated in American National Standard Institute (A 53.1-1989 Section 7.2), or when the purchaser does not notify the seller of snow load problems within 24 hours. The seller suggests purchaser maintain collapse insurance to cover excessive loads, clean-up, and damage to the contents of the building.

  • Red rust at cut edges of the steel.

  • Red rust, which occurs anywhere else on the panel less than ¾” in any dimension.

  • Steel exposed to corrosive atmospheric conditions. This exclusion includes, but is not limited to, contamination from chemicals, cellulose insulation, and animal confinement usage.FBi-Horse-Barns-Image-Pellegreeni-800x500

  • Roof leaks where the roof is connected to an adjoining building.

  • Doors where all doors on the building have not been closed and secured with all latches provided by the seller.

  • Sliding doors damaged due to excessive or abnormal wind loads.

  • Sliding door does not include overhead, bifold, or hydraulic type doors.

  • StepSaver sliding door latch has a 1-year warranty on parts and labor.

Exclusions of Pole Barn Warranties

These warranties are made to the original purchaser only and are in effect for the periods stated. They may not be transferred or assigned. Lifetime is for the natural life of the person signing the purchase agreement. If the owner is a business, the lifetime is then limited to 40 years.

These warranties are limited to the stated terms only, and there are no other warranties, whether written or oral, expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Exclusive Remedy

  • The decision whether to repair, replace, rebuild or repaint, as the case may be, will be made by the seller. The seller’s liability is limited to the cost of such repair, replacement, rebuilding, or repainting, and shall not exceed the original purchase price of the building.

  • The seller will not be liable for damages for injury to persons or property or incidental and consequential damages for loss of use, revenue or profit, not for damage to interior walls, ceilings, partitions, equipment or contents, the cost of site preparation or clean-up.

  • These warranties do not cover any component which fails because of misuse, neglect, accident, or alterations which affect the building reliability, or corrosive materials other than normal acid rain coming in contact with the building.

  • The terms and conditions in this warranty constitute the buyer’s sole remedy and the seller’s sole obligation.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have a better understanding of our pole barn warranty, it’s important to keep this information in mind when comparing competitors

If you have a warranty issue that needs addressing, does your preferred builder have a service crew dedicated to repairs? If not, you may have to wait longer.

We understand that purchasing a pole barn is a long term investment. Therefore, we want to make sure you get your dream building. Take the next step and download our FREE Structural Integrity Guidebook. It’ll give you insight into the specific materials we use and how they’ll save you money in the long run.

If you're ready to move forward with your post frame project, we also recommend you check out The Ultimate Guide to Building a Pole Barn. This guide will help you navigate the steps that you need to take to insure your project gets done on time and under budget. 

Structural Integrity eBook_FBi Buildings

Have more questions about post frame warranties not covered in this article? Please contact FBi Buildings at 1.800.552.2981 or click here to email usIf you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote and a member of our sales team will call you!