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Building Materials & Features

Top Quality for Long-Lasting Pole Buildings

Since 1958, we at FBi Buildings have prided ourselves in using the best quality materials available to bring customers the best features. In fact, we have even pioneered new materials that have since become the industry standard. FBi’s buildings were the first to feature aluminum-framed sliding doors, Kynar 500-based paints on Galvalume steel, and the Perma-Column foundation system. Our continued commitment to giving our customers the best products possible has driven innovations internally, but also in the marketplace as a whole!

While all the materials used in our buildings are top of the line, we also offer some additional features that will add convenience and longevity to your pole barn. These features also include aesthetically pleasing additions that will give you the perfect look for your building, while maintaining structural integrity.

Check out our industry-leading materials and features below.

Steel

Often overlooked, your side and roof steel is an integral part of your building’s structural integrity. That being said, not all steel is created equal. Our engineers prefer 29 gauge, heat-treated, full-hard, high-tensile steel with a minimum yield point of 80,000 PSI. When comparing different builders’ steel, it’s important to remember that all factors must be considered—you can’t simply compare one factor to another. For instance, our engineers spec a slightly thinner steel compared to the commonly used 28 or 26 gauge steel, but when all the other factors are added up, it still has a 60-78% higher yield point than some thicker steels. The harder steel used by our design team provides increased resistance to impact damage from hail, rocks and accidents.

In most cases, we use a Galvalume substrate coating on our steel, providing the longest possible life. Galvalume is a combination of zinc, silicon and aluminum that continues to battle corrosion and rust 2-4 times longer than the galvanized steel commonly used by other builders.

Paint

One of the major causes of degradation or failure of architectural coatings is ultraviolet radiation. It’s vital to ensure your building is the color you chose today, tomorrow, and for years to come. We use the Kynar 500 paint system to make sure your pole barn maintains the showroom-new look you remember. Kynar 500 is relatively unaffected by the damaging radiation of the sun, unlike many other popular finishing systems. It comes down to the amazing strength in the molecular bond of Kynar 500, one of the strongest known to man! FBi Buildings uses this premium finish to reduce fading, increase gloss retention and provide corrosion prevention. Only a few other builders offer this caliber of finish to their customers for both side and roof steel.

Manufactured Trusses

FBi Buildings has been manufacturing our own trusses since the beginning in 1958. While the process has evolved over the years, the dedication to quality has remained as strong as ever. Every truss is manufactured to design specifications from each individual project, giving you a truss that was specifically engineered for the needs of your building. Our truss plant is regularly examined and certified by a third party, Truss Plate Institute, to make sure that each truss is FBi quality. Finally, where our design team requires it, our lumber is Machine Stress Rated (MSR) and is tested for stiffness and strength in an electromagnetic machine. Each of your trusses is a key component to structural integrity and individually adds to the strength of your building.

Perma-Columns

Traditionally, pole barns were built with wood columns buried under the ground. As you can imagine, as time went on, those wood columns would rot and break. With the environmentally friendly Perma-Column system, there is no wood in the ground and rot is prevented. FBi Buildings pioneered the use of Perma-Columns, a first in our area. Perma-Columns are a steel-reinforced concrete column system that exceeds industry standards and extends the lifespan of your building. This product combines the economy of post-frame construction with the longevity of concrete and includes steel uplift anchors for increased structural integrity.

EasyMotion Sliding Doors

This patented feature was developed under the direction of our product improvement team and is another first in the industry. As the door is used, all metal-on-metal friction has been eliminated by the addition of “high lubricity polymer,” a fancy term for our rollers’ low-friction material. This feature also includes a weatherproof system called Posi-Guide, preventing the track from collecting debris like other door tracks. The covered track prevents snow or ice build-up, doesn’t get stuck on rocks or sticks, and the rollers will never need to be oiled!

This feature allows for easier access to your building by ensuring smooth movement throughout the full range of motion, from fully open to fully closed and everything in between. Our EasyMotion Sliding Doors guarantee easy access all year round.

Other Features

Some of the other aesthetic features we offer our customers include a variety of:

  • Overhang options
  • Cupolas
  • Porch designs
  • Custom doors & windows
  • Interior lining packages
  • Eave lights & skylights
  • Overhead doors (including bi-fold doors)
  • Wainscot

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