Four Common Pole Barn Insulation Problems

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As with steel buildings and other structures, pole barns require adequate insulation. Otherwise, the interior gets incredibly nippy in winter and blistering hot in summer. Is your pole barn insulation up to standards? Learn to identify the signs of bad insulation and how to remedy it.

1. Condensation

Condensation occurs when moisture in the air comes into contact with a cold surface. Most insulation materials consist mainly of fiberglass, which is prone to moisture accumulation. Too much moisture absorption causes a loss in R-value. You can mitigate this by installing a vapor barrier.

2. Lack of Ventilation

No matter what you use the pole building for, the structure requires ventilation. Lack of ventilation causes moisture to cling to the insulation and other fibrous material, eventually leading to mold growth. Our optional features include the addition of various types of vents, such as soffit and ridge vents.

3. Corroded Metal and Wood

Poor insulation also results in moisture accumulating on metal surfaces, causing corrosion. The same goes for untreated wood, which can rot. To prevent moisture penetration, use a close-cell spray foam insulation. For the wood, consider replacement with laminated posts. Our supplier Timber Technologies manufactures treated and rot-resistant timber posts.

4. Water Leaks

Pole barn roofs can leak just like a roof in a residential home. Once water gets in, so will mold, mildew, rot, and corrosion. Locate and patch openings. This will require professional assistance. Once you do that, use a closed cell spray foam that is designed to prevent water intrusion.

We Fix Pole Barn Insulation Problems

Your insulation must be in good shape, especially during temperature extremes. If you detect moisture in the pole barn interior, give C&S Construction a call. Pole barn insulation problems can quickly lead to deterioration of the material, from the wood posts to the metal frames.

Pole Barn Fortification

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

Does a Pole Barn Increase Property Value?

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You might think that a pole barn would increase property value. After all, it’s a much-appreciated structure with multiple uses, from vehicle to livestock storage. However, certain factors must be in place to ensure that the barn is benefits and hinders the sale of your property.

Not All Additions Increase Property Value

First, we must emphasize that not all investments increase a property’s value or the prospects of a sale. You might think that a swimming pool, for example, would be a sound investment. However, many real estate agents say this actually makes a home less attractive to buyers. After all, a swimming pool requires frequent maintenance.

Other additions, such as a sunroom, increase the prospects of a sale. However, the cost might be greater than what you can recoup when closing the home sale.

Do the above scenarios apply to a pole barn? That depends.

How to Increase Value with a Pole Barn

According to Realtor Magazine, lack of storage space is often a deal breaker for home buyers. This makes a pole barn or steel building shed a big plus. However, the structure needs to be in sound condition.

If you invest in a detached storage space, consider these suggestions:

  • Use laminated and treated posts which are resistant to mold and rot. Our supplier Timber Technologies provides this material.
  • Check with your city to ensure the construction conforms to zoning laws
  • Follow all maintenance recommendations to minimize depreciation. This is especially important if you don’t plan on selling until several years down the line.

In addition, the cost of construction is often tax deductible, according to the IRS.

We Install Detached Units

We can install pole barn sheds with optional features to increase functionality. Contact C&S Construction to ensure use of high-quality materials for your investment. A properly constructed pole barn increases property value and is a huge selling point.

Residential Pole Barn Construction 

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

Considerations for an RV Storage Garage

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RVs don’t fit in a standard garage. This means you have to park it in your driveway where it’s exposed to the elements. If you have enough space on your property, you could invest in an RV storage garage. A pole building or steel building construction would be ideal for a project of this scope.

Types of RV Storage Garages

Let’s examine the types of garages. The most affordable option is open RV storage. This is basically a paved area for the RV and an overhead canopy for sun and rain protection. 

Another option is a three-sided garage, which is essentially a garage minus the door. Finally, the third option is a fully-enclosed garage. This is almost identical to a residential garage but with the height and length required for an RV.

Space and Legal Considerations

Before beginning, check with your city regarding zoning requirements. Some municipalities require permits if a structure exceeds a certain height. We are familiar with most requirements for cities in and around the Spokane area. However, do your own homework to be certain. 

You will also need to measure your land to verify that you have at least 50-feet of open space.

Additional Features

Most people opt for additional features to make the storage space more usable. Examples include a walk-in door, overhead lighting, and passcode entry. The last point is especially worth considering. RV theft is more prevalent than one might think.

You could even incorporate indoor plumbing. This makes water easily accessible for cleaning the space. Some people even elect to install a bathroom or at least a half-bathroom.

We Construct All Types of RV Storages

If you’re an RV owner, then why not begin 2019 with a housing unit for your beloved vehicle? Contact C&S Construction to determine whether an RV storage garage on your property is feasible. 

RV Garage Construction

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

The Advantages of an Indoor Riding Arena

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Do you run an equine training center? One way to expand your business is by investing in an indoor riding arena. This is more affordable than most people realize due to pole building construction. Learn how one of these could benefit your equine business. 

Indoor Riding Arena Advantages for Students and Horses

Why is an indoor riding arena necessary when students could learn to ride outdoors? Training and riding indoors has many advantages. Many beginning equestrians feel more comfortable riding indoors. They believe they have more control in a confined space as opposed to riding out in open pasture.

Consider some of the other advantages of an indoor riding arena.

Fewer Distractions

Outdoor elements, such as the presence of other horses, can distract both the horse and rider. Younger horses may also be more at ease in a smaller space. To enhance concentration, we can add mirrors as an optional feature so riders can see their riding form.

Seating for Observers

We can also install bleachers. For child riders, this allows parents to watch. Other students can also watch and learn. The same goes for other coaches and trainers who can monitor rider progress while prepping students awaiting their turns.

Better Footing and Stability

Outdoor riding areas may not provide a stable riding surface. Grassy and muddy areas can have uneven surfaces, especially after heavy rainfall or snowfall. Indoor riding arenas also make nighttime training possible. Beginning riders should not be training under limited visibility.

We can enhance indoor arenas with padded flooring. This not only provides a flat even surface but also protection for the horse’s joints and hooves.

We Install Riding Pavilions

We install equine stables and arenas for Spokane ranches. We use pole building or steel building construction, depending on owner needs and requests. Contact C&S Construction to expand your business with an indoor riding arena

Horse Pavilion Installation

Serving customers from Pullman to Bonners Ferry and Wenatchee to Western Montana, including Spokane, Coeur D’Alene, Cheney, Pullman, Sandpoint, Wallace and the surrounding area since 1998

Best Barn Hay Bale Storage Practices

hay storage, hay storage practices, hay bale storageImproper hay bale storage can lead to quality-loss in the bale. Having to replace hay bales results in preventable overhead increases for your farm operation. Avoid this by following proper hay bale storage practices.

1. Store Hay Bales Indoors

Indoor storage preserves hay bale quality and color. We recommend storage inside a pole building or steel barn with good ventilation and zero traces of leakage. Indoor storage protects the hay from direct sunlight. Sunrays deplete the hay of nutrients, such as protein and vitamin A.

Also, hay bales are flammable, so the building should ideally be constructed from fire-proof material. Our optional features also include vents and windows for optimal air flow.

2. Let the Hay “Breathe”

Do not store the bales back-to-back; leave at least three-feet of space between stacks for air to circulate. This also prevents the hay from absorbing too much moisture. Moisture levels in hay should not exceed 15%. You should also stick to cured hay, which is more resistant to moisture buildup. Once in a while, open a bale to inspect for mold. Continue Reading →

C&S Construction Making the Switch to Laminated Posts and Beams

laminated posts, laminated beamsAt C&S Construction, our mission is to create pole barns and steel buildings that last as long as your home. To achieve that end, we have contracted with Timber Technologies to be our main supplier of laminated posts and beams. What does this decision entail for our Spokane customers?

What Are Laminated Posts and Beams?

Timber Technologies is a manufacturer of laminated glulam posts. Glulam consists of multiple layers of material bonded together using a moisture-resistant adhesive. The end product is a form of engineered wood with exceptionally high bending strength. Pound-for-pound, it’s tougher than steel.

Applications for Laminated Posts and Beams

Laminated glulam posts are becoming a mainstay in pole building construction. This includes applications for both residential and commercial constructions. Contractors rely on laminated pieces for vaulted ceilings which create wide open spaces beneath them. These laminated constructions can also be used as ridge beams, cantilevered beams, purlins, and garage door headers. Continue Reading →

Pole Building Vs Stick-Frame Construction: What’s the Difference?

pole building vs stick frame, pole frame constructionPeople familiar with pole buildings may have also heard of stick-frame buildings. Are these terms interchangeable? If not, how are they different? We will clear up any confusion with a pole building vs stick-frame discussion.

Pole Building and Stick-Frame Construction

Pole buildings and barns use a post-frame construction where laminated wood posts make up the bulk of the framing. The roof utilizes trusses connected by purlins. The exterior consists of steel panel claddings that “hold” the structure together. Contrary to popular belief, the construction does not include poles, or interior columns.

By contrast, a stick-frame building contains a basement or crawlspace over which builders construct the building. The frame also requires a concrete foundation for support. Due to the construction of the foundation, building costs are far higher.

Why Choose Pole Buildings Over Stick-Frames?

As we just mentioned, the foundation adds significantly to a building’s costs. The required excavation and concrete generally make up about 10% to 15% of the total building cost. You can cut out this expense entirely with a pole building. Continue Reading →

Five Types of Pole Barn Doors

Pole barn buildingsC&S Construction come in various design styles. You also have just as many pole barn door styles. Choices range from a typical house-style front doors to industrial-style overhead doors. We’ll explore some of the door types and their mechanism of operation.

1. Sliding Doors

As suggested in the name, sliding doors slide open and shut, much like a patio glass door. This is the common door of choice for pole barn sheds for storing machinery. One sliding door drawback, though, is that the doors aren’t exactly insulation-friendly due to the difficulty of applying air-tight weather stripping.

2. Overhead Doors

This is not unlike a typical residential garage door. Unlike sliding doors, this door type can better accommodate weather stripping for controlling heat gain/loss. People also prefer this type simply because of its similarity to their existing garage panel door. Continue Reading →

Lot Preparation for Pole Barn Construction

pole barn lot preparationHave you designated a site for your future pole barn? Just because the land is empty does not mean it’s ready to accommodate a steel building or other structure. You need the right kind of lot preparation for a pole barn; otherwise you may run into unforeseen problems during construction.

Acquire the Legal Permits

Even if you own the property, you may still need to obtain the proper permits depending on your specific district. Contact your local city administrator. We are familiar with most zoning requirements in and around Spokane. We may be able to assist you in this area if the construction is within our common service zones. You may require a special permit, even if you reside outside major metropolitan areas.

The Lot Preparation Process

Use stakes and boundary ropes to designate the exact lot space. Ideally, the land should consist of mostly flat and a well-draining area. The area should also be spacious enough for possible future expansion. After staking the area, you should still have enough walking space on all four sides. Finally, establish the required elevation and grade for adequate drainage. Continue Reading →

Barn Vs. Pasture: Which Is Better for a Horse?

barn vs. pasture, horse stableDo you own a farmstead with one or more horses? Do you keep them in a barn or a pasture? Which promotes healthier and happier horses? We’ll explain the benefits of each.

Barn vs. Pasture?

Most horse owners recommend pastures over a stable. This makes sense because pastures provide open air and the opportunity for exploration, which is a definite plus for a horse’s well-being.

An open pasture for a horse is preferable; no argument. However, a barn stable has its place as well. On the one hand, an indoor stable provides a warm place during the cold or rainy season. Keeping a horse in a stable is also beneficial for the owner when conducting horse care, such as feeding and grooming.

Of course, it’s not good to keep horses cooped up in a pole barn all day. Horses that spend prolong periods in a stable may chew the wood, kick the wall, or walk the stall. These are signs that your horse is bored, isolated, and not getting enough exercise. Continue Reading →