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5 Ways to Build Agricultural Buildings With Durability in Mind

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If you’re going to build an agricultural building, you’d better do it right. It takes a durable structure to withstand the forces of mother nature, gravity, animals and more. We realize how enticing it can be to always choose the cheapest building option.  You see cheaper materials or services that seem equal to their more expensive alternatives, so you choose the cheaper option. A building’s a building after all, right?

Absolutely not. That’s like saying “a car’s a car,” but everyone knows a 1990 beater is definitely not equivalent to a brand-new Mercedes. There are a lot of details that go into a building, and those details – no matter how small – can make or break its durability.
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How Farm Shops Make Your Life Easier

Farm Shop

48′ x 36′ x 12′ farm shop, built by Integrity Post Structures.

Ever dream of owning a farm shop where you can work comfortably in the middle of winter? A farm shop is more affordable than you might think and can be designed for many uses.

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Building in the winter months

The most often asked question we get at this time of year is, “Can you build in the winter?” Our answer is YES, we can indeed build in the winter.

If you are thinking about a new building, here are a few reasons why it may be more advantageous to book and build now versus in the busy spring and summer months.

Building post frame in winter

Crew putting up a post frame building in winter.

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Colour Trends for Post Frame Buildings: 2012

An attractive building can add value and complement your acreage, farming operation or business. After planning out the critical details of a building like size, door types, insulated versus cold storage, we find that one of the most difficult decisions for people comes when choosing colours.

“Post frame buildings with their clean lines and custom options are now a true attractive alternative to traditional building types,” says Al Williams of Integrity Post Structures. “Gone are the days of galvanized, utility style buildings. With a wide range of colours and styles, the post frame building can now add real curb appeal to your property and increase its value.” 

Thanks to the broad range of coloured metal available today—as well as new siding options like Hardie Board—buildings are becoming much more personalized to match individual tastes. “We are seeing a move to clean lines with contrasting trim versus the traditional panel stripe,” said Williams. “The exterior wall colours range from neutrals and whites to dark reds and greens, to name just a few options.”

Commercial building

Commercial building with contrasting walls, trim and roof

 

riding arena

Riding arena with bright red walls, white trim and dark roof

 

Airplane hangar

Airplane hangar with neutral walls and copper trim sets a distinctive tone

 

Storage building green

Storage building and shop looks crisp with green walls, white trim and roof

 

Machine shed

Farm machine storage shed with neutral walls, contrasting colour on trim and overhead door

 

Hardie Board acreage building

New options for post frame siding include attractive and durable Hardie Board siding to complement acreage styles today

 

Post frame barn

Barn with white walls, trim and green roof

Interior Wall Colours

A white metal interior makes for a bright, easy to clean indoor space. “Bright white metal walls are suitable for essentially all types of buildings,” says Williams. “This classic colour gives a fresh look to the interior and allows for good light reflection. The result: bright, clear interiors. ”

Depending on the type of building (commercial use, for example), walls can also be installed with drywall, which makes for an endless choice of colours. 

Hangar interior

Interior of airplane hangar with bright white walls and ceiling

 

Commercial building interior walls

Commercial building interior walls

Need more inspiration? Take a look through our photo gallery to get ideas from other buildings. Or get in touch with us so we can show you the colour palette in person.

Top tips from post frame building owners

Real design tips from real post frame building owners. You’ll see there’s one thing in common with all–plan for the future.

“Think about the size of equipment that you currently use and could possibly use in the future. Go visit other similar operations with new shops and sheds to get ideas. Take your time and be sure to build something exactly what you want. The sales staff at Integrity Post greatly assisted us in the planning.”

~ Marty Metzger, Valley Ridge Farms, Machine Shed and Don Metzger, Donjo Farms, Farm Shop

“Build the building you want and need when all of your plans are done. Don’t cut costs on your building and go with upgrades. My building is built to commercial standards.”

~ Heather Maskell, Wheatland Equestrian, riding arena

“Build to the maximum width, which economically for me was 90’. It allows us to do almost any exercise with horses from running barrel patterns to working cows. The 90’ is very important—and make it as long as you can depending on regulations in your area.

~ Pat Weirzba, riding arena

“Make sure you build for the future. I had my building constructed in a way that takes potential ways we could use the building into account—make sure that things go in there for the future. I’ve had this indoor arena built in a way that I can put a lean-to along the whole side. I also put doors in all areas, whether I use them right away or not. The guys at Integrity are really great at helping you plan out and walking you through the process and have great attention to detail.”

~ Sheldon Kennedy, riding arena, machine shed, hay shed

Siewart’s building is designed to accommodate large farm equipment like air seeders. The drive-through design–with two large bi-fold doors on each end wall–allows him to move machinery with ease. “I like the two bi-fold doors so I can drive my equipment right through. That’s great.”

~ Stan Siewart, machine shed

 

Want more expert advice on how to design your building? Contact us at Integrity Post Structures and we’ll help you plan out the perfect building to meet your needs today and for the future.

Western Producer features Integrity Post Structures

Check it out: Integrity Post Structures featured in Western Producer article, Jan 12, pg. 29  “Wide range of sizes, shapes, materials for farm sheds.”

Western Producer Integrity Post Structures article

How to Prepare Your Post Frame Building Site

Congratulations! You’ve made a smart decision by choosing to build post frame.

Before the crew arrives, you’ll need to prepare your building site. Here are four tips to help guide you through the process.

1. Select the best location
Choose a location that will allow proper water drainage from all four corners of your building.  We can help you in this process by /transiting/ your site.  A transit level is used to locate level building lines. Your experienced salesperson can also help you choose the most appropriate spot. Remember to consider the finished building height (think trees) as well when choosing your building site.

A transit can be used to help level your building site.

A transit can be used to help level your building site.

You may need to analyze the topography of the site where you are preparing to build. Is the land is rolling, level or sloped?

Remember to consider the direction of the wind in your yard. And plan enough room for yards, driveways, walkways and thoroughfares to other buildings.

2. Consider the soil
How is the soil? Do you need to be concerned about rocks? You need to know if there are large rocks or sandy areas that will need to be addressed before you start grading and the crew starts building.

3. Clean and level the site
Remove all organic material—including trees and bush.  Level your site within six inches across all perimeter points of the building.

If you will be poring a concrete slab after your building’s up, you’ll want to grade your land and set your building height to a position that allows for a layer of compacted road gravel to be placed under the conrete pad.

4. Place washed rock for building outside of footprint

Arrange to have gravel delivered before the materials arrive (as per your contract) and place outside of the building footprint so the crew has plenty of room to work and are able to square up your building.

Find more pole building tips here to get ready for your post frame building.

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