If you have plans to construct a pole barn it is important to know how to maintain one. Pole barns are an excellent choice for garages, homes, warehouses, and more due to their lower maintenance costs. Over the years a pole barn has only become more and more viable, as stronger metals, woods, and coatings, have improved the quality of pole barns exponentially. Here are the ways in which you can maintain and even improve your pole barn:
- Overseeing your roof
- Removal of Debris
- Preventing deterioration
- Draft protection
- Weather Stripping
Review Your Pole Barn Roof
Looking over the roof of your pole barn at least every quarter is always a good idea. Inspect the ceiling for leaks, and use binoculars to scan the roof. Checking the ceiling while it is raining is often the best way to spot active leaks in your roof.
Clearing your gutters and roof of debris is incredibly important. Debris that is left on your roof for an extended period of time, can quickly cause damage. When winter hits make sure to check your gutters for ice dams and clear off snow if possible. Too much snow can build up and weigh your roof down.
Cleaning your Roof
Washing the exterior of your pole barn at least once a year with a power washer is a great way to avoid dirt, mud, and mold buildup which can damage your roof. Make sure when doing so you stay a safe distance away so you can avoid putting holes in your pole barn.
Painting your Pole Barn
Painting a steel pole barn can protect against fading and chalking for a significant amount of time. While this can be done on your own, it is recommended that you hire a professional contractor to take care of it for you. If painting is done improperly, you could risk losing the warranty on your steel exterior.
Be careful when landscaping. Grade your exterior soil at least four to six inches lower than your building floor. To eliminate water accumulation and keep the threat of deterioration low, use rocks along the side of your building. Make sure to be careful when mowing the lawn though, to avoid sending rocks into windows or causing unnecessary damage.
Using a professional contractor to build your pole barn is a huge advantage. The columns that promote the structural integrity of the building are treated to avoid insect infestation as well as water or ice damage. These columns are most vulnerable about six inches below your building, this is due to the significant water buildup at that level.
Pole barns are usually very well insulated due to their thick walls and large spaces between posts. If drafts are present, check to ensure all barriers have been sealed or contact a professional for an inspection.
Make sure to check the seals of your pole barn. This means checking to make sure all doors and windows are closed fully and securely, and there is no damage preventing them from closing.
Have More Questions?
Pole barns do not have to be a hassle. They can be some of the lowest maintenance buildings you can build, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect them. If you have any more questions or are looking to start your pole barn journey, contact the experts at Tru-Bilt today or find us on Facebook!