When you own farm property, you rely on your pole barns for just about everything, including the storage of your equipment and supplies. Pole barns are a big investment, which means you need to provide them with continued care and maintenance. Without the proper maintenance, your pole barn won't last nearly as long as it should. If you're not sure how to care for your new pole barn, here are three maintenance tips to help get you started.
Keep the Roof Clear
If you live in a region that experiences heavy snow fall, the most important thing you can do is keep your roof clear. You might not realize this, but the roof of your pole barn can collapse under the weight of significant snow pack. To avoid that, you should clear the snow away before it has a chance to pack down and cause damage. One way to do that is to keep the inside of your barn warm during the winter. Turning on an industrial space heater will allow the heat to rise toward the roof where it will help to melt the snow. From there, the melted snow will slide right off the roof. It's also important that you repair roof leaks as soon as you identify an issue.
Know the Condition of Your Doors and Windows
If you're going to be housing livestock in your pole barn, you need to know the condition of your doors and windows, especially during the cold winter months. Drafty and leaky doors and windows can cause serious problems for your smaller livestock. Begin the winter by cleaning and lubricating your door and window frames. Next, apply a fresh coat of waterproof sealant around the frames. Finally, install fresh weatherstripping to your doors and windows. This will ensure that your small livestock doesn't endure the cold weather while inside the pole barn this winter.
Protect the Exterior Walls
If you live in a region that experiences high winds, you'll want to give your pole barn some extra protection. High winds can wreak havoc on the exterior walls of your pole barn. The best way to protect your exterior walls is to create a natural wind break around your pole barn by planting tall trees around the perimeter. Be sure to place them far enough away where the branches won't damage the roof. It's also a good idea to take care when operating your farm equipment around your pole barn; you don't want flying gravel and debris to damage the exterior walls.