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Proper Ventilation Protects Your Building


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Most homeowners and experienced builders and pole barn contractors believe the purpose of natural ventilation is to remove heat that builds up in the summer. However, an effective ventilation system provides year round benefits.

During warmer months, ventilation removes heat from the building. During colder months, ventilation reduces moisture and its damaging effects.  It also can help prevent ice dams from forming.

An effective ventilation system will provide added comfort, protect against damage to materials
and structure, and help reduce energy consumption during all four seasons of the year. This should be your goal when building the "Building of Your Dreams."

So, here's what you need to know:

• Don't avoid ventilating your building for fear you're letting cold air into the
building. If your building has a ceiling, your actual living/working space is
sealed and insulated at the attic floor/ceiling—the attic space and its ventilation are
outside this envelope. If your building does not have a ceiling/attic space, you still get the benefits of keeping the building cooler in the summer and drier throughout the year.

The standard formula requires one (1) square foot of net free ventilation area for every three hundred (300) square feet of attic floor area, assuming that half of the ventilation openings are located in the soffit, and half along the ridge.

If you have questions, please consult with your Wick Builder.

“Is all Wood the Same? Heck No!”


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Have you ever gone to a local lumber yard or big box home improvement store? No doubt, you found yourself sorting “good” from “bad” material. You cast aside lumber which looked questionable. Often, the questionable lumber stack gets pretty big! From that experience alone, you know all wood is not the same. Have you ever asked for a specific lumber grade?

There are two ways to grade lumber for quality and strength: (1) visual graded; and (2) mechanically graded.  “Visually Graded Lumber” is simply based on size, appearance, and the ability of the lumber inspector. “Machine Stress Rated Lumber” (MSR) runs all lumber through a testing machine to assure exact strength and quality.

Did you know that the wood industry has moved to harvesting “fast growth” trees? As a result, the National Lumber Grading Association has determined that the design strength of the visual graded #1 SYP is actually 25% less (“weaker”) than its rated value.   The adage “you are only as strong as your weakest link” applies to the building structure. There are hundreds of structural components within a building that act as a unit to resist snow and wind loads.

Wick Buildings uses all “Machine Stress Rated Material.” Every piece of structural lumber is run through this testing machine!  With MSR lumber, no variance of strength is encountered as in a visual process. The quality and appearance of MSR lumber are the highest in the industry.

If you are considering building and you care about strength for today and into the future, the use of MSR lumber gives you peace of mind that your building will perform to its design load when that next storm rolls around.

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You Can Make Your Building Stunning!


A few things to think about when building your dream building. If you can, spend a little more to make your building stunning!

  1. Think about your color choices. Ask about your trim color choices for windows and doors. While white is often standard, your building really needs another color for the walk door, window trim and overhead door.
  2. Consider Cupolas. Cupolas are very popular and make a plain roof spectacular!
  3. What about Roof Dormers? Roof Dormers can really enhance the look of your building.
  4. Shutters on Windows can take a building from plain to awesome.
  5. Finally, overhangs are both functional and beautiful... look at the beautiful shadow lines below.

You deserve this building. Once it is built, you will be looking at it for years; and so will your neighbors. So, why not make it stunning?

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Design Concepts for Pole Barn Ventilation


describe the imageWhether you are storing collectable cars or keeping livestock in your post-frame buiding, which is often referred to as a pole barn, ventilation is a critical element in your new building.  Make sure the indoor air quality is suitable for the needs of what you plan to put inside.  Here are five ventilation design concepts you should consider and communicate to your builder when planning for your new buiding:

  1. Make a list of all the things you plan to store or house in your new building.  This will help you both plan the size and ventilation needs in your pole barn.
  2. Identify if you will have a concrete or gravel floor in your building.  Concrete releases a significant amount of moisture into the interior of your building as it cures over several months.  Gravel provides a conduit for ground moisture to enter the building.
  3. Your climate is a critical factor in designing ventilation.  When combined with your planned use for the pole barn, seasonal temperature changes, humidity, and even daily temperature swings will all impact your ventilation needs.
  4. If you plan to finish off a separate or insulated area in your building for an office or workshop sometime after the construction of your buildling is completed, you'll need to plan ahead for appropriate ventilation in that area to ensure good indoor air quality.
  5. Controlling condensation is critical inside your building.  There are many ways to accomplish this through active and passive ventilation components, and also materials you can use to help manage condensation such as insulation and Dripstop condensation control membrane.

To learn more about good ventilation practices and how air moves in a post-frame or pole building, check out the following link:


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