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Winterizing your Pole Barn


As we have learned recently, anywhere in the U.S. can be affected by winter. Years ago people in Florida and Arizona would never dream of temperatures getting below 30 degrees Fahrenheit while those in Georgia could not imagine snow on the ground. However, as climate change takes it's rather unusual course it is obvious that winter can be full of surprises. If you own a pole barn building it is important that you prepare it for winter. Whether you live in Oklahoma or Ohio you can expect winter to bring sub-freezing temperatures, heavy snow fall and frigid wind chill. If your pole barn is not prepared for hazardous winter elements you could be in for a long season.

Here are some tips for winterizing your pole barn.

Insulation: Whether you use your pole barn for housing livestock or storing equipment and vehicles, it is important to insulate the building so you can keep the heat inside. Consistently cold temperatures can do damage to animals and machines and if your pole barn is not properly insulated you could be looking at expensive replacement costs. Insulate only the areas that need it so you can cut down on energy costs and keep the heat where it is needed.

Clean the Gutters: Ice dams can be extremely dangerous. If your post-frame building has a gutter system it is imperative that you thoroughly clean the gutters after all the leaves have fallen to prevent clogs. If dead leaves and debris are clogging a gutter this can cause water to back up and pool in the gutter channel. When the temperature drops this water freezes, causing what is known as an ice dam. When the ice melts it is very easy for the water to creep under the roof shingles and leak through the ceiling. Avoid this hazard by cleaning the gutters.

Ice Melt and Snow Shovels: If you use your pole barn as a storefront then be prepared for snow storms. Heavy snow and ice can make for very dangerous surface conditions and if a customer slips on your property you are liable. After a snow fall shovel the driveway, walkway, stairs and other areas customers will drive and walk to get to your pole barn. Use ice melt to keep the melting snow from freezing and creating a slippery sheet of ice.

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