Are all builders the same?

Most barns look just like the next one...


If you’re a person who has ever purchased a few tools from the Dollar Store, then you’ll know that not all tools are made the same. Have you ever picked up a cheap pair of pliers or a box of screw bits from a store that sells inexpensive import tools only to have them break after one or two uses? 

Pole Barns won't show signs that quick, but they can be made on the cheap; and you’ll notice over time getting the quick deal was not worth it in the long run. 

We contract with builders who have high standards in the materials and construction of each barn

Here’s six things to think about:

1. Our Amish crews personally make each laminated beam used to support your building. Pole Buildings are anchored to the posts going into the ground, so their integrity is vital to the life of your barn. Instead of a solid block post, we only use laminated beams. Each beam is made from layers of 2X6 Yellow Pine, glued, pressed, then screwed together. Read this article from Construction Magazine if you want to learn the science behind why laminated beams are better. 

2. Our guys screw your building together. Instead of rushing through the job by shooting nails into your trusses and beams we use coated screws instead. The reason is because they work better and last longer. Popular Mechanics Magazine did research on this topic and said that screws “… have stronger holding abilities than nails and can draw pieces together.”

3. We order the trusses for your barn built just for your size and install them every 4 feet. Some builders span every 8 feet, but adding those extra roof supports will minimize potential damage due to heavy snow loads, and it simply adds more weight to the construction helping with possible wind damage. More trusses mean more wood to attach your roof in place, and a greater overall strength of your building. 

4. Our quotes give an option to mount your laminated posts to perma-columns. This is not something we try to up-sale to make money, but a proven way to increase the strength and longevity of your barn. A perma column is a cement post buried in the ground on which your laminated posts are mounted. If you choose to build with perma columns you’ll never wonder if your posts are rotting in the ground. We do build with treated lumber if you choose not to use the perma columns, but we think you’ll appreciate the quality they offer.  Learn more about them at their web-page


5.  Your metal roof and siding will likely outlast you.  We partner with Swiss Metals right here in Northeast Indiana. Your 29 gauge metal roof and sides comes with a 40-year warranty on color. Even during the sunniest summers here in the mid-west, you'll never worry about your barn colors fading out.  


6. Amish crews are the best. Even those who live outside of the Mid-West or Pennsylvania, where most of our American Amish and Mennonite families are found, all know about the folk-lore of the “Amish barn raising”. The time when multiple families and multiple generations come together for a colossal project. Sure, other guys can build a barn, but for these men, it’s in their blood.  As a matter of fact, one of our lead foreman who’s around 30 years old estimates he has personally helped build about 250 barns ranging from 28’ X 32’ backyard storage to 80’ x 700’ livestock barns, and everything in-between.