How to Protect Posts from Rot

protect posts from rotMost modern pole barns are constructed from wooden posts treated with an oil-based primer. This protects the material from weather exposure. If you have an existing pole building, the posts may not be treated. If so, we’ll show you how to protect pole barn posts from rot.

Leading Causes of Rot

We recommend a visual inspection at least once a year. Here are the top problems that can lead to eventual wood rot if left untreated.


Look for cracks around caulked areas, such as around the doors, windows, and dryer vents. Re-caulk any openings; we recommend caulk made from acrylic latex for long-lasting quality. Continue Reading →

A Pole Building as an Event Venue Is a Good Idea

pole building as an event venueDoes your company or non-profit org normally host events for the public? Events allow people to come together for face-to-face interactions. We can all use more of this in the age of social media. A pole building as an event venue works well as a gathering space.

Why a Pole Building as an Event Venue Is Beneficial

Venue rental is perhaps the single largest overhead. Of course, the cost varies depending on a facility’s size, amenities provided, etc. Even on the lower end of the cost scale, the final fee can easily run into the five-digit range.

To save on this portion of the spending, some companies are investing in their own event space. They do this by setting up a permanent pole building or fabric-covered building, usually on the company’s own premises. Continue Reading →

Why Waste Management Fabric Buildings Are a Trending

waste management fabric buildingsFabric buildings for waste management centers are becoming a rising trend. Leaders in the industry are discovering how such structures are beneficial in terms of overhead cost, employee satisfaction, sanitation, etc. We’ll summarize how fabric buildings improve efficiency in waste and recycling facilities.

4 Benefits of Fabric Buildings in the Waste Industry

These benefits apply to most industries but are especially relevant for facilities that handle waste in some shape or form.

1. Natural Lighting

Fabric cladding enables natural lighting to enter the interior. This helps save on electrical lighting and also creates a more pleasant work environment for employees. Studies have also shown that natural light increases alertness and curbs afternoon fatigue. This is most beneficial when work becomes repetitive.

2. Ventilation

Portions of fabric buildings contain open end walls or mesh under the canopy walls. This provides maximum ventilation and is crucial for removing odors. You can also install an active ventilation system, much like the ones found in some steel buildings, for optimal odor control. Continue Reading →

Considering Pole Barn History

Pole Barn HistoryPole barns aren’t a new concept by any means. They have been around for quite some time and are an integral part of America’s past and present architectural landscape. We’ll talk about pole barn history and how they have evolved over the generations.

Pole Barn History: Where Did It Begin?

The Colonial Era

Pole barns have Americana written all over them. Their origins, in fact, began during the colonial era. Early settlers constructed pole buildings as livestock and horse barns. Pole construction was the natural choice because it was easy and quick to set up. The land also provided ample raw wood. Unfortunately, no method was available for treating wood at the time. This meant settlers had to frequently repair and replace barns. Continue Reading →

How to Insulate Pole Barns for the Summer

insulate Pole BarnsThankfully, summers in the pacific northwest are fairly mild compared to other parts of the country. Nevertheless, the temperature can still reach three-digits on some days. This is why you should insulate pole barns for the summer. This is especially important if the structure is used for human or livestock dwelling.

Use the Right Insulation

At the very least, we recommend that all pole barns and steel buildings have ceiling and wall vents. This is so even if the barn is used only for storage. We can install vents to an existing building as an optional feature. We also recommend investing in either a whole-house fan or a ceiling fan, or even both if within your budget. Continue Reading →

Can You Build a Pole Barn on an Uneven Lot?

Pole BarnWe have constructed dozens upon dozens of pole barns throughout the Spokane area. Most of these were built on flat terrain, which makes our job easier. However, sometimes we are tasked to build a pole barn on an uneven lot. Can we actually do this? Are there any additional factors to consider?

How to Build on an Uneven Terrain

We implement several methods to create a suitable terrain. One way is to fill the uneven areas with soil. This technique works provided that the area does not have any drainage issues. Using soil doesn’t even have to produce a perfectly flat surface. Most terrains suffice as long as the surface is off-level by one inch or less.

We can also erect pole barns and steel barns on an existing uneven land and level it at a later time. Continue Reading →

Why A Fabric-Covered Building Makes the Perfect Athletic Training Center

fabric-covered buildingAccording to Forbes, the sporting industry is expected to be worth $73.5 billion by 2019. Many collegiate athletic departments are looking to gain whatever competitive advantage they can, while keeping costs to a minimum. More universities are using a fabric-covered building as a training center. This can prove to be an affordable investment.

Why A Fabric-Covered Building?

A 2014 report by Washington Post showed that 28 top U.S. universities spent more money than they made back in their athletic department.

One way to improve daily operations and recoup cost is by investing in an indoor facility. Such an investment allows athletes to train year-round when the weather prohibits outdoor training. A fabric-covered building makes for a versatile and cost-effective multi-sport facility.

Fabric buildings have great height and clearance, allowing athletes to utilize as much of the space as possible. These types of structures also don’t require internal supports, which creates an open and airy atmosphere. Continue Reading →

Opening a Restaurant? Consider a Pole Barn

pole barn restaurant

Images of sheds, hay lofts, and cattle shelters often come to mind when one thinks of pole barns. These structures, however, are more versatile than most people realize. These steel barns and buildings also suffice as commercial facilities, especially for dining establishments. Pole barns make good restaurants. Give it some consideration if you’re contemplating opening your own eatery.

The Benefits of a Pole Barn Restaurant

Pole-frame buildings are very affordable due to the low cost of materials and the ease of construction. Also the buildings don’t require load-bearing walls like traditional buildings. This gives you more leeway for a variety of layouts and floorplans. You can opt for a number of facades, such as deco, wood, or brick for the exterior. Create a look that is in line with your brand identity.

It’s not just local establishments that reap the benefits of pole barns. National franchises, such as Subway, Five Guys, and Jimmy John’s have several locations based in a pole building. Continue Reading →

Why You Should Consider a Monitor-Style Pole Building

Monitor-Style Pole BuildingsPole buildings come in many styles and architectural designs. In fact, they are often just as stylish as the main home even when they just serve as storage. One style that may be appropriate for your needs is a monitor-style pole building.

What Is a Monitor-Style Pole Building?

A monitor-style building has a raised center with trusses that act as support for the gabled center roof. The raised center allows for the installation of additional windows, which provides more natural lighting.

One of our past projects included a monitor-style pole building, which you can check out at our gallery.

Monitor-style barns are traditionally used as horse stables. Nowadays, storage sheds, car garages, hangars, steel shops, and accessory dwelling units may adopt the same style of design. Continue Reading →

Weather-Resistant Fabric Buildings For Spokane

Weather-resistant fabric buildingSpokane isn’t the coldest region by a longshot. Nevertheless, it still sees some pretty strong wind gusts and the occasional snowfall. If your business uses fabric-covered buildings for storage, is it built to withstand formidable weather? Weather-resistant fabric-covered buildings ensure a sturdy structure built to last.

Wind Resistance

When strong winds blow over a building, they create suction on the leeward side of the roof. If the fabric is poorly secured, it can lift off the frame. This places additional stress on the tarp at the building end frames. Heavy winds are one of the most common causes of fabric tears. Newer construction often includes the use of a Keder Rail to keep the fabric in place during high winds. Continue Reading →