Living in the Midwest, we know how unpredictable Mother Nature can be, especially during the winter. Sure, we’ve seen winters come and go with minimal snow, but other years it can feel more like living in Minnesota.
At Central Structures, Missouri’s leader in building Amish pole barns, we suggest protecting your building during the cold weather months.
These are a few important items that we recommend you focus on.
- Stocking Up
With green grass being non-existent during the winter, and snow everywhere, you want to make sure your livestock has an ample food supply. Be sure you have plenty of feed readily available. Allow extra space for stacking ample amounts of hay for your cattle or horses as well.
For all custom pole barns in Missouri, we recommend making sure that they have proper ventilation, especially as you are preparing for winter. With proper ventilation, you can avoid condensation build-up, and whenever moisture builds up inside a structure, you could potentially be vulnerable to mold or mildew. One of the best ways to ensure proper ventilation to your Amish pole barns or any pole building in Missouri, is to add a continuously ventilated ridge.
Just like with your house, cleaning gutters on agricultural buildings in Missouri is a critical component in winterizing your structure. Removal of debris such as leaves, and excess dirt will help rainwater drain smoothly. Having functional gutters is extremely important after large snow accumulations. As we know, in the Midwest, the weather can change quickly, and a large snowstorm can shortly be followed by an unseasonably warm day. Ensure your gutters are clear to allow for the snow to melt and flow through your gutters with no issues.
Make sure the interior of your pole building in Missouri is clear of any hazards, as you and your livestock will be inside much more during the cold-weather seasons. Also, allow plenty of room to stock up on your supplies such as hay and feed, as mentioned previously in this article. Additionally, look for any potential items that may be a fire hazard and remove them.
If you have any questions on how to get your building prepared for winter, give our team a call at (417) 988-8836. If you do not have a barn yet but are considering getting one for the upcoming winter, we would be glad to give you a quote or answer any further questions you might have.