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Hardware Options for a Pole Frame Barn

Hardware-Options-for-a-Pole-Frame-Barn-315Pole frame or post frame buildings are descriptive terms for a framing and construction technique that provides durability and practicality for commercial, municipal, agricultural, residential, and retail construction. Pole or post frame building techniques first gained popularity as agricultural and equestrian buildings decades ago. While the method of construction has evolved with modern materials and techniques, the real advantages of post or pole frame building are readily apparent.

Post frame buildings are easier to construct, require less labor and materials, provide more open space for maneuvering, and, by design, endure high winds and devastating storms better than many conventional structures.

Pole frame buildings are extremely versatile. Depending on their intended use, the industry offers a full catalog of hardware options.

Choosing the Right Pole Frame Building Doors

A major decision for selecting the appropriate hardware will pertain to the type of pole frame exterior doorways to be installed. This decision depends on several variables, but the size of the opening is most important. Whether you will be entering and exiting with a truck or tractor or will need access for horses or other animals, the door opening must be substantial.

In any case, the type of door and the appropriate hardware will be an important decision. Doors and hardware can be both functional and decorative. In areas where snow and ice are a seasonal threat, the larger doors may be overhead garage-type doors that will operate without having to clear away snow from the entrance. These may also be sliding doors although placing the tracks on the inside is preferable.

In warmer climates, normal human-powered hinge doorways should work, although opening and closing large doors can be strenuous.

Hardware for the Right Purpose

Specialty door hardware for pole frame structures is available is many types and styles. Hardware can add to the appearance of the structure while providing practical advantages.

From a functional standpoint, the hardware design for a sliding door needs to be:

  • Handle heavy door weights that can range from 200 lbs up to 5,000 lbs
  • To manage sizes from 7’ to 24’ feet in height and up to 50’ in width

The tracks and other materials for the hardware should be made from heavy gauge steel. Therefore to withstand severe conditions and massive loads.

Determining the Type of Hinges to Use on Swinging Doors

The type of hardware to install depends upon these factors:

  • Frequency: More robust hinges and hardware are important to survive frequent daily opening and closing.
  • Frame or Door Jamb Construction: Ensure that the material and construction of the door jamb are capable of withstanding heavyweights and stress levels.
  • Door Size and Weight: Heavier doors require heavy-duty hinge construction.

Hardware for Swinging Doors

For swinging doors, hinges are made from higher grade steel than for standard doors to withstand heavier loads. The finish for the hardware should be treated also to prevent deterioration in harsh weather conditions.

Manual or automatic doors need strap-type door hinges engineered to handle weights up to 5,000 pounds. Furthermore,  if properly mounted to substantial metal or wood door jambs can handle even higher weights.

Additionally, opening and closing doors frequently require sturdy hardware.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

For more information regarding the use and installation of the appropriate doors and hardware for your pole frame barn or equestrian center, contact the professionals at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings. With over four decades of experience designing and perfecting post frame buildings, the experts understand the issues and advantages surrounding this affordable and durable construction.

Visit the Pacemaker website or call 888.834.4448 to find answers to any questions.

Post Frame Building Door Considerations

Post-Frame-Building-Door-Considerations-315The versatility of modern post frame construction is undeniable. As the engineering, technology, and materials have evolved, post frame construction has become a sensible and economical option for a broad range of uses. No longer merely an excellent choice for solely agricultural applications. Post frame construction is used extensively for many types of structures. For example, municipal offices, fire stations, churches, schools and annexes, warehouses, manufacturing, retail stores, equestrian buildings, and even personal residences.

One principal advantage of post-frame construction is the ability to build with wide open interiors without obstructions caused by several load-bearing columns and walls. As a result, large vehicles and equipment can be moved into and out of the structures without unnecessary maneuvering or disassembly. In retail and manufacturing, the open areas eliminate vision-blocking barriers and allow production lines to operate in minimal space.

Designing Doorways for Post Frame Structures

Selecting the appropriate ingress and egress demands of the building is an essential step in the building design process. Openings and doorways must be as wide as needed for access by large vehicles, equipment, and delivery of supplies or inventory. When heavy equipment is involved, the design should address elements such as load limits on flooring and surfaces entering the doorway.

What will be dimensions of the largest vehicles or equipment that will move into and out of the building? For those very wide or heavy vehicles and equipment, orient the building entry in a direction that allows for easy, unobstructed access without excessive maneuvering.

Is the load limit of the exterior access and interior floor sufficient to maintain the potentially heaviest weight?

Will there be a sufficient number and proper placement of doorways for every occupant to escape quickly in an emergency?

Does the climate involve significant snow or endure extended periods of frigid temperatures? In many areas, clearing snow and ice frequently may be necessary. In cold weather, you may also choose to install a quick-response door system that saves energy within.

Large Door Options

Need a large doorway? there are three options, although variations of these are possible. The most common options are sliding doors, overhead doors, and hydraulic doors.

  • Sliding door systems may be a single door opening right or left. Or alternatively, double doors that move in opposite directions. These doors operate manually. But consider the amount of time it takes to operate if the doors require frequent use. Sliding doors are the least expensive of the three options requiring less complicated engineering, easier installation, and less energy consumption.
    Additionally, If the weather involves considerable ice and snow, continually clearing exterior sliding tracks can be a time-consuming endeavor. If interior space permits, mounting the doors and tracks inside of the entry is a better choice.
  • Overhead Doors that open and close vertically like a typical garage door is a very convenient option. While smaller doors may open manually, large doors, up to 36’, require electronic operations that can be triggered when a vehicle nears the entry or through a remote-control system. These are not as susceptible to ice and snow as sliding doors are.
  • Hydraulic & Bi-fold Doors are a heavy-duty option for large doorways, typically used for airplane hangars and other large vehicle entry. The doors are hinged at the top and open outward and upward, powered by robust hydraulic systems. The doors can be a solid piece or bi-folds. Many vehicle repair shops and agricultural equipment storage use these systems. When opened, the door itself provides additional covered workspace.

Pacemaker, the Experts in Post Frame Construction

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings Offers Design and Construction Ideas. Headquartered in N. Webster, Indiana, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings has been assisting in the design, engineering, and construction of modern post frame buildings for municipal, agricultural, civic, equestrian, and residential buildings in the Midwest for 40 years.

To view some of Pacemaker’s outstanding finished projects in every segment of their business, visit the Pacemaker Gallery’s “What We Create” section to learn more.

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How to Select Doors for your Post Frame Building

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Beautiful and functional post frame buildings have many uses. Today, post frame construction is commonly used for agricultural buildings, auto repair shops, equestrian centers, fire stations, retail outlets, churches, schools, warehouses, and more.

Post frame buildings are ideal for many applications. As a result, selecting the right doors varies from project to project.

Designing Doorways

The primary consideration for entry and exits to any building is the size of the objects that must pass through. For barns, repair shops, or warehouse, access must allow easy entry by large vehicles. Tractors, automobiles, trucks, and loaded forklifts may also be able to enter and egress easily.

Fire stations must allow quick and the efficient exit of massive fire engines. Equestrian centers must have entries large enough to allow horses and riders to enter and leave safely without obstruction.

Creating a doorway that is wider and taller than the largest object to ever pass through is always the necessary solution.

Overhead and Sliding Doors

Another factor to consider, in most instances, is the preservation of energy. While what passes through will influence the dimensions of the doorway, energy savings issues may determine the type of door to be installed.

For example, overhead doors have inherent advantages in that their operations are not affected by snow and cold weather. The doors rise instead of needing to push against accumulated snow. The tracks are inside and will not tend to freeze.

However, sliding doors can be set to open longitudinally only as far as is needed, thereby reducing energy consumption.

Since “big” doors may only need to operate when needed, smaller service and “man” doors can be scattered throughout the building where required. These help to preserve energy loss from the working areas.

Heavy-duty PVC strip curtains may also be used for any exterior access points to allow entry without letting energy escape,

Double Doors and Bi-Fold Doors

Double doors of various sizes can enable easy access of smaller units through one side while the opposite side remains closed. This will preserve energy in the post frame building. When larger objects pass through, both sides may be opened.

Similarly, bi-fold doors may be opened only as far as needed for easy entry or egress.

Dutch Doors for Barns and Equestrian

Because of the clear, uninterrupted space within, post frame buildings are perfect for agricultural and equestrian buildings. Dutch doors are very popular for housing animals because the upper section may be open to permit air and light. The lower part stays closed to keep animals from escaping.

Dutch-style doorways have long been preferred for horse barn applications.

Spacing Advantage of Post Frame Buildings

One notable advantage regarding doorway placement or any subsequent changes is the eight-foot spacing of post frame’s vertical beams or posts. Additional doorways can be added without requiring substantial modifications to the building’s framing structure.

Pacemaker, the Experts in Post Frame Construction

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings of North Webster, Indiana, has been a standard setter in post frame construction for over four decades. The experts at Pacemaker have been involved in the design, manufacture, and construction of thousands of post frame buildings of every type from industrial and agricultural to municipal, civic, retail, residential, and more.

Visit Pacemaker’s website gallery to view the many applications of beautiful, economical, and functional buildings. Also, you can learn about their process, financing options, and what to look for in a competent post frame building supplier and builder.

The Pacemaker experts can guide your project from concept to completion, collaborating to ensure all expectations are met.

For questions about any phase of post frame construction, contact the professionals at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings. To do so, either complete the website’s Contact section or by calling (888)-834-4448.