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8 Tips For Maintaining Your Pole Barn Structure

A pole barn can serve many uses, including a hobby shop, a commercial building, an industrial building, and just about everything in between. Pole barns also provide many benefits, given that they are sturdy and can be customized to meet your needs.

With their post-frame construction and robust construction materials, pole barns can last for decades when cared for properly. They typically require less maintenance than other buildings, but there are several steps owners should follow to maximize the structure’s lifetime value.‌‌

WATCH FOR LEAKS AND DRAFTS

Just one consistent drip of water can cause a load of trouble down the line. A small leak can wear down surrounding materials, causing a much larger leak, mold growth, and problems with air quality. This is one reason it is critical to actively watch for leaks.

On at least a quarterly basis, carefully inspect your ceiling for any signs of water damage. You might also consider walking through your pole barn during a rainstorm, which can help you spot trouble areas.

Also, pay attention to any drafts you feel. Pole barns typically offer excellent insulation. If you feel a breeze, it is a good sign that your structure needs attention.

‌CHECK STEEL PANELS REGULARLY

‌Exterior panels get damaged often, especially if you live in an area with frequent storms, high winds, and more. You might also experience damage from rocks projected toward your pole barn when mowing the lawn, or from spraying chemicals that kill weeds.

The most effective way to prevent this damage is to strategically place your pole barn in an area that is not as greatly affected by damaging winds. Also, be mindful of the direction in which you are mowing your lawn or spraying chemicals.

If you have already sustained some form of damage, it is essential to address it quickly before water damage and other problems occur. In some cases, you can repair the damage with epoxies, hardeners, and wood fillers.

If the damage to your paneling is extensive, you may need to replace it, but this can get expensive. Consider a cheaper siding option, such as wainscoting. It is both attractive and easy to replace if you experience further damage in the future.

RID YOUR POLE BARN OF PESTS

Termites, flying ants, and other types of pests can wreak havoc on any wooden structure. Even when appropriately built, your pole barn is vulnerable to pests, especially right above and below the soil. Make checking for signs of pests a regular part of your routine. If you notice any, waste no time eliminating them. Consider reaching out to a professional exterminator.

‌REMOVE WEIGHT FROM THE ROOF

Your pole barn’s roof is designed to maintain a specific amount of weight. Exceeding that weight limit can damage the roof, cause leaks, and much more. It is crucial to keep the roof clear of extra weight to prevent damage as well as potential injury to any people or livestock within the structure.

One of the most common weights that people have to deal with is snow. Light amounts of snow are typically fine, but a build-up or heavy snowfall is not. Debris from storms and falling trees is another common problem.

The weight of snow and debris is enough trouble on its own. However, there is also the chance that these items will block the flow of water. As the snow melts or rain falls, the water may have no means of escape. Ultimately, this can lead to extra weight, leaks, and severe water damage to your pole barn.

After a storm or anytime you notice something that does not belong on your roof, use a roof rake to get it down. If you are unable to do so, you can use a ladder. Just be sure someone is supporting the bottom of the ladder to reduce the risk of injury.

‌CHECK POLE BARN DOORS, WINDOWS, AND WEATHER STRIPPING 

The weatherstripping around your pole barn’s windows and doors is meant to keep out precipitation and conserve energy. If it is worn down or not functioning correctly, then you can experience drafts, moisture in the air, water damage, mold, and mildew.

Check the stripping around all windows and doors by ensuring they are all closing snugly. If not, replace the weather stripping as soon as possible. It is also essential to check any hardware around doors and windows, such as rollers and jambs. They may also need to be replaced to improve functionality and efficiency.

‌CLEAN YOUR POLE BARN WITH CARE

‌Mud and other undesirable materials often grace the siding of a pole barn, but they don’t have to stay there. You can regularly rinse your pole barn off with a hose and consider power washing it at least annually.

Be careful with a power washer, however, as it can remove paint, cause dents, and void warranties. Keep a reasonable distance away from the pole barn as you spray to reduce these risks.

‌MAKE BUILDING MAINTENANCE A HABIT

‌Do not wait until you notice an issue before you address it. Instead, be proactive in your building upkeep. Create a schedule for regular pole barn maintenance. The earlier you fix an issue, the less damage it can do and the less it usually costs to repair.

‌WATCH THE WEATHER

Keep an eye on weather reports. If you notice harsh weather coming your way, take any precautions you can before it hits. For instance, if snow is coming, clear your roof of any that is already there. If heavy winds are in the forecast, secure your doors and windows. Preventative measures like these can go a long way toward prolonging the life of your pole barn.

KEEP YOUR POLE BARN IN TIP TOP SHAPE

‌Your pole barn is an investment — one that can reap great rewards. Taking care of your investment should be a top priority. 

Whether you are just beginning to plan your pole barn, working to repair a current one, or somewhere in-between, Burrow’s Post-Frame Supply is dedicated to providing you with quality products and service, from estimate to delivery. Contact Burrow’s today to learn more.

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