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The Building Killer! 3 Reasons Your Farm Buildings Need to be Maintained

Farm buildings are the backbone of agricultural operations, housing everything from equipment to livestock. But what happens when these structures are neglected? In this blog, we'll cover 3 reasons your buildings need to be maintained, focusing on the potential hazards that can arise from wind, rain, and heavy snow. Let's dive into the details and see why regular inspections and maintenance are not just a good idea but a necessity. All too often, we've seen farm buildings left unattended and not maintained properly. When extreme weather conditions such as wind, rain, or heavy snow hit, the results can be catastrophic.

old damaged roof

Wind Damage: On older farm buildings, the metal roofing may be fastened with nails or old-style screws. Over time, these can loosen, especially with the heat and cold contracting. As they loosen, the lumber underneath may deteriorate if it's leaking. Eventually, a big windstorm can come through and take a whole chunk of metal off the roof or even cause severe damage. Proactively maintaining it could save a lot, compared to spending upwards of $60,000 just to fix the building, not to mention the risks of injuring livestock or people.

rotten roof strapping caused by a leaking roof

Rain Damage: If the screws or nails are backing out slowly, rain can leak in, damaging the framing and structural integrity of the building. This can lead to rot and huge issues down the road, possibly even requiring the complete destruction of the building. Regular maintenance can prevent these dangerous scenarios.

replacing post on a old pole barn

Snow Damage: Heavy snow can be the final blow to a deteriorating building. If the fasteners have been loosening off and it's rotting, one winter with heavy snow can bring the building down. Another factor can be post rot at the bottom of the old post-frame buildings, causing the building to collapse sideways. Regular inspections and maintenance can prevent these problems.

Farm buildings are more than just shelters; they are investments in your livelihood. Whether you're performing some of the maintenance yourself or using a professional, regular inspections and proactive care can save you a lot of headaches and trouble down the road. It's not just about saving money; it's about ensuring the safety of your livestock, your family, and yourself. So let's prioritize our team, conquer without compromise, and take care of our farm buildings. After all, a little fun in maintenance can go a long way in preserving what we hold dear.

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