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Why Our Pole Barns Are Better!
National Frame Builders Assc. Four Time Building Of The Year Award Winners!
5 Year Warranty Materials And Workmanship!
Industry leading 5 year warranty on workmanship and materials, most companies only offer a 1 year warranty.
40 year manufactures warranty on our sheet metal, some companies are giving a 40, 45 or even a 50 year warranty but don’t be fooled, many are purchasing 20 or 30 year manufacture warranted sheet metal and giving a contractors warranty for the rest. They are still purchasing a lower grade of metal that can fade and rust faster, and you can bet they won’t be in business when the manufactures warranty runs out. Read the fine print!
Our interior height is the true side wall height, as an example with our buildings when we say a 10’ wall height that will be the finished interior height of your building after concrete is poured. Unlike most all companies in Oklahoma when they say 10’ wall height your interior height can be as low as 9’ after concrete.
Our wall girts are on 24” centers, not 24” apart or 30” to 36” centers. You will end up with 1 or 2 more bands around your building. We use a 2x6 in place of a 2x4 that many companies use when quoting you a building check their specs. More lumber stronger building!
We offer you the choice of 3/12 pitch 15 P.S.F. snow load / 115 M.P.H. wind speed trusses or for $0.25 cents a square foot more you can go with our stronger 4/12 pitch 25 P.S.F. snow load / 120 M.P.H. wind speed trusses which are not just stronger but have a better appearance and shed water and debris from your roof more effectively. Most company’s bid 3/12 pitch standard, we ask what you want you it’s your building after all and we offer other roof pitches as well.
Our trusses are a true 2x6 over 2x6 top and bottom cord truss, many companies say theirs are 2x6 trusses but it is only the top cord and the bottom cord is a 2x4. Check their specs ask questions not all pole barns are built the same.
We use a 2x10 double top plate minimum, most companies use a 2x6 and there largest is a 2x10. In buildings over 14’ tall we use a 2x12 to eliminate the post from twisting in the future as your building ages.
All of our buildings have the secondary frame structure in the corners both long and short walls a.k.a. wind bracing as well as on the bottom cord of the trusses just like the engineers plans call for, this is also known as “rat run” in the business. Other companies tend to leave this out or do not follow recommended building procedures set forth by the National Frame Building Association.
Our sheet metal to wood screws are made from a high quality metal, 1 ½ inches long with a neoprene seal and a metal sun shade, some companies use a low grade metal screw and are only 1” to ¾ of an inch in length, plus they only have a rubber O-ring seal and either a plastic sun shield or none at all, ask them before they build it makes a difference in the life of the building. Never let anyone just nail your metal siding on!
When constructing your frame we use a 6” inch galvanized ring shank post frame spikes, hand driven, not just 16 penny nails shot from an air gun. You would have to tear the boards apart to disassemble our frame.
Our concrete floors are a true 4 inches thick, you can verify this by the 1 ½ inches of the exposed 2x6 (treated) we use for our bottom band board, other companies can use a 2x4 for this band board and only pour a 3 ½ inch concrete floor. Our floors have ½ inch rebar on 2’ centers and is 3500 psi, other companies use 3/8 inch rebar or metal wire panels in place of this method and lower psi ratings which does not give you a quality finish or hold up under certain applications. Our floors are a garage floor finish not just broom swept, with tension relief cut. Many companies do not include the tension relief cuts so when there floors develop hair line cracks they can travel the full distance of the building.
(Note) Fiber mesh is not a replacement for rebar or even the wire panels!
You pick what gauge of exterior sheet metal you want either 29 gauge or 26 gauge metal, unless you specify this most all building companies quote 29 gauge. 26 gauge is a bit more 29* gauge is the most popular.
There are many choices of walk-through/personnel doors (36”x80”), most companies price their buildings with a lower grade steel door with a wood jamb. These will deteriorate and rot around the frame in just a few years and will need to be replaced. We solved this by offering a steel door in an aluminum frame jamb, or a steel door with a steel frame jamb, for just a bit more in price. This adds a higher level of security while still lasting the life of the building.
All of our buildings come complete with a full trim package, this includes all doors, windows, corners, roof rake, soffit trim, and rat guard as well. Not all companies have a full trim package many leave off pieces and have exposed wood when the building is completed. You want your building to look as well as it is built after all.
Our truss to post connections are not only made with 6” inch galvanized ring shank post frame spikes like they are supposed to be, but we insure that the connection to the building will hold in high wind events by adding 3 ½ inch 3/8
lag screws in each one. This increases the sheer strength on the fasteners by over 500 psi. Many companies only use 16 penny nails or just the post frame spike. These can sheer easily in a high wind event and cause the building to fail. It’s the little things you do not see that make the difference.
Our usual post spacing is 10’ on center with our trusses on 5’ centers, this leaves a truss sitting in the middle of two posts, and many companies attach this truss to the headers by placing a 2x6 in between the header and nailing the truss to it. At Bradford Buildings we believe in doing it right and use a truss block, a 13” to 15” piece of post 5x5 or 6x6 in between the headers, secured with 6” post frame spikes and then attach the truss to the block with a 3/8” lag screw. Heavier trusses, truss carriers, and truss attachment equals up a roof that is not going to fail unless in extreme circumstances.
We offer 24 gauge commercial or residential overhead garage doors insulated and non-insulated. Many company’s only install light gauge garage doors or roll up doors. Sliders and other options available.
All of our crews are covered by liability insurance and workman’s comp. and we can provide proof of this in usually less than 30 minutes. Many companies do not have this and could end up costing you not just thousands but hundreds of thousands if a claim was to be made against your property in the event someone was to get injured. This equates to about .21 cents a square foot on your building another reason why we may be a bit more expensive than some but well worth it in the long run. Do you really want to take a chance we don’t.
All of our crews, sales personnel, and ownership combined have over a hundred years of experience in the post frame business, the youngest crew having 13 years of construction experience to our oldest crew who has over 28 years in the business. Quality labor and experience does not come cheap, many companies are lucky to have 10 years of experience to work from and many are less than 5 years with untrained and unskilled labor. Experience makes a difference we will show how.
We use lifetime rated 60% pressure treated posts in all of our buildings, most are solid sawn posts unless the height is over 14’ then we use a laminated posts which decreases the chance of post twist and a higher post strength rating. All Posts are put to a depth of 36” or greater depending on engineering and are place on top of a 10” composite footer or otherwise known as a cookie and placed on the side of each post is an uplift cleat. This insures that your building will not continue to settle over time which will make your doors and windows not operate correctly and sometimes leak our building will not settle. Settling can also cause fastener and lumber failure in extreme cases. Not to mention the sag the neighbors or possibly a future homebuyer may see along the roof line of the building which can diminish the value of not only the building but your property.
All of our buildings have a 2x6 roof lathe placed on either side of the peak, this is to add strength to the ridge of the building and accommodate a 18” ridge cap, most companies only us a 11” ridge cap that allows the closure strips to be blown out from underneath the cap and cause water infiltration and leaks under the ridge in high wind events accompanied by rain and snow. That is why we use once again a better produce, it makes sense when you’re building something you want to last not just your lifetime but also your heirs as well.
So what does all this mean in terms you can relate to other than a stronger, longer lasting building? Let’s look and put a value to the items listed above that we do that most of our competition doesn’t. This usually answers the question as to why our building is a bit more expensive than most but worth it. Keep in mind we usually land somewhere in the middle on price but I think you will agree after reading the above statements, we have a higher quality building than most in the post frame / pole barn business. Let us show you the difference.
5 Year Warranty
$250.00 to $500.00
(Avg.) Remember about .25 cents a square foot
(4/12 Pitch 120MPH)
2x10 Top Plates
(2/12 in some depending on engineering)
24" Centers Wall Girts
(Wall Girts and Roof lathes)
3/8th Lag Screws
(750 P.S.I. sheer strength vs. 270 P.S.I for just the post frame spikes)
6" Post Frame Spikes
Not to mention the extra time it takes to hand drive.
Heavier Personal Doors
that’s just the “Aluminum Jamb, Steel Door”
1/2" Rebar Concrete
3500 PSI Concrete
(Better finish, stronger)
Higher Quality Screws
(Neoprene seals, metal sunshade, 1 ½” long)
Not just a 2x6 or less
18" Ridge Cap
No rain or snow blowing in
(Avg.) Eliminates settling
Eliminates grass growing up through corrugations and keeps critters out.
Looks better and seals the corrugation at the top
(Avg.) Eliminates settling
True Interior Height
$250.00 to $300.00
Get what you pay for!
Secondary Bracing Posts to Ridge
(Keeps the building from twisting and leaning later on down the line)
Total extra value of $3325.00 in things we do that most of our competition doesn’t. Keep in mind we are not usually that much higher than our competition.
Now break that down over 30 years and that’s just 110.00 a year or .30 cents a day for a better, longer lasting, stronger and more appealing building. Hope this has helped you make a wise and informed decision when purchasing and comparing post frame buildings. These are not your great granddad’s pole barns anymore. For more information please call Thomas Johnson at 918-224-4334. Mon-Friday 9-5 Superior Outdoor Structures, we are Bradford Buildings first, oldest, and most experience authorized dealer with 4 “National Frame Builders Association” Building of the year awards and multiple runner ups.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our post frame buildings and further your knowledge of different construction methods.
Thomas Johnson authorized dealer for Bradford Buildings
12 years’ experience in the post frame design and sales industry.
Member: National Frame Builders Assc. / Tulsa Home Builders Assc. / Better Business Bureau (Accredited)
4 time recipient of the prestigious N.F.B.A. Building of the Year Award for the Heartland Chapter.
Servicing Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Colorado.
We Offers Competitive Prices Without Sacrificing Quality