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3 Important Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Pole Barn

We are sometimes asked whether a steel structure or a wood-framed pole barn is the better building system for our customer’s project. The answer, for durability and strength, is obvious from where we sit. However, there may be benefits to choosing a pole barn over a steel structure when it comes time, price, or utility.  Still, we feel it is important to point out aspects of pole barns a consumer should consider before purchasing one.
A Brief Origin Story:
Pole barns have been a hallmark of America’s rural landscape for the better part of 90 years. Post and beam construction has existed for centuries and was a staple of Colonial America. The building of pole barns got its start in the 1930s and has its roots in the economic impacts of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Pole barns were constructed from old telephone poles, which were available and affordable, earning them the name, “telephone pole barns.”
Even after the economy recovered, generations of farmers and ranchers contin…

Why You Should Use Steel Buildings for your Dog Kennel

When thinking of prefabricated steel buildings, you probably picture storage buildings, garages, or workshops. Very rarely are prefabricated steel buildings associated with anything else, which is a shame because they are incredibly useful for a variety of applications, one of which being the best kennel for your dogs. Here are just a few of the reasons why steel buildings make the perfect dog kennel.
They Provide Insulation in Cold Climates If you live in an area known for blistering cold winters, and if you must keep your dog outside, leaving them to fend for themselves with only a dog house can be incredibly dangerous for them. Luckily, steel buildings can be insulated keeping the inside temperatures much warmer. Additionally, choosing to have insulation will help keep down the noise from your dogs inside the building. If they’re prone to barking up a storm and you don’t want any more complaints from the neighbors, a steel building with insulation is an excellent choice.
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The Buzz Around Overwintering Bees In a Steel Building

Healthier Bee Hives are in Our Future Due to Prefabricated Steel Buildings
Bees have communicated with humans for thousands of years to keep them indoors. Every year, beekeepers remove honey bees from homes and buildings at a surprising pace. Science now confirms what bees have been attempting to communicate with humans. Today, over 100,000 hives are kept indoors in America alone. Canadians have wintered most of their bees for decades. Here are some reasons to consider overwintering bees in a prefabricated Steel Building. Food: Prefabricated steel buildings offer a secure and warm space for beekeepers to tend to their hives. Feeding bees in the depths of winter can be difficult and sometimes dangerous. How much food required to sustain your bee hives depend on your geographic, how long you plan to overwinter and the number of bees in your hive. Make sure your colony have adequate food for the winter for it is necessary to the survival of your hive. Ventilation: Ventilating accumulated…

What Everybody Should Know About Steel Buildings

From first-time builders to the urban planner, when it comes to prefabricated buildings, there are a few key points every non-industry guy and gal should know. What Everybody Ought to Know About Prefabricated Steel Buildings
Efficient Fabrication In the golden age of automation, efficiency is key. Due to advanced CAD/CAM processes, fabrication of steel buildings produce minimal raw material waste yet still able to meet the strictest strength-to-weight ratios. In fact, steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material, 25 times greater than wood. A lighter frame translates into a more cost-effective foundation and the ability to add other materials with less concern for the completed building weight.
 Shorter Construction Time Steel buildings are designed and pre-built for easy reassembly at the manufacturing plant. Site preparation, such as the preparation and foundation placement, can be completed as the building is being manufactured. Once complete, the pre-engineered ste…

5 Guidelines for Roof Snow and Ice Buildup Removal

Roof snow which excessed specified prefabricated steel building design loading can cause significant distress to your building. Snow can build up in areas around firewalls, parapet walls, valleys, dormers, and on lower roof levels where a roof step occurs. Since the thickness of snow varies depending on weather conditions during and after a snow fall, it is difficult to determine a single value for the acceptable height of snow that a prefabricated steel buildings can safely support. The most sever condition occur when rain falls on a roof already loaded by heavy snow and ice. Absorbing rain water, adding roughly 62.4 pounds per cubic foot, or 5.2 pound per inch of depth. And Never send one person alone on a roof to remove snow Here are 5 guidelines for roof snow and ice buildup removal:
Get to Digging – Visually inspect the roof to find any unusual bends or deflections of frames, purlins, or joists. Starting in this area, approximately remove one-half of the snow depth in a pattern th…

A Brief Introduction to Aircraft Hangar Doors

Prefabricated aircraft hangars can support a wide variety of doors systems. Your choice of door depends primarily on the size of your your aircraft and location of the openings. The type of door you choose can have significant structural consequences for your hangar.
Here are a few doors available for aircraft hangars,Sliding Doors: These doors are on rollers which follows a track, including both crossover, and outrigger. They are simple and easy to install, cost-effective, sturdy and simple to clean. They do have some drawbacks. For instants, sliding doors are usually manual and require strength, and the tracks can become jammed and must be cleaned regularly. Self-Supported Hydraulic Door System: Self-supported hydraulic doors have an all steel frame construction and are engineered to your building code. Bottom of the door jamb is anchor bolted to the finished floor and the top of the door jamb is braced back to the aircraft hangar. As a result, the door imposes no load onto the build…

Planning on Purchasing a Riding Arena? Read Here Before You Do.

Are you considering whether  to build a riding arena?  Planning and building an arena can be enjoyable and exciting. And they make for a terrific addition to a custom-built horse barn. Here are a few things to consider prior to purchasing.
Planning Your Riding Arena: for starters, it’s best to talk to someone who has experience in designing, erecting and constructing an indoor arena. Note: One thing to consider is that most people who own an arena spend a great deal of time and money on facility management.
Arena Sizes & Arena Usage The type of riding being done will determine the required size. For example, a standard multipurpose arena is around 70’ x 200’, whereas a driving arena is typically 130’ x 260’. The larger designs listed below are also considered standard sizes. Typical Arena Sizes: Standard Riding Arena 70’x130’ or 9,100 Square feet70’x200’ or 14,000 Square feet (ideal for Dressage)100’x200’ or 20,000 Square feet Driving Arenas 130’x260 or 33,800 Square feet130’x330 or…