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Building Features 2017-11-28T16:35:00+00:00

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Building Features

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality pole building available that meets your specific wants, needs, budget, and style. With our in-house custom design system and 40+ years of post frame experience, we can quickly and accurately give you all the information you need to make the best-informed decisions.

Each Sherman Pole Building is specifically designed for the geographical location of construction and is backed by the Sherman 30 Year Limited Warranty.

Design Criteria

Agricultural use buildings, unclassified buildings, exempt buildings, and buildings erected in areas where codes are not enforced are all designed and erected by Sherman Pole Buildings using the State Structural Code Guidelines as our minimum design criteria. Example: The Agricultural Code allows for a 20 lb snow load, but the Residential Code calls for a 35 lb snow load, we will follow the Residential Code of 35 lbs even if the building is intended for Agricultural use.

The two main reasons why we believe our minimum design criteria is important: 1) the snow weighs the same on the roof of a residential building as it does on the roof of an agricultural building, 2) the items kept inside an agricultural building are just as important as the items kept inside a residential building.

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Design Features

  • Engineered footing systems range from pre-cast concrete pad footings to custom poured concrete footings, set 48” to 60” below grade.
  • Post types range from solid sawn timbers to multi-ply engineered laminated columns.  Posts and columns are treated to a minimum retention of .60 lbs of CCA-C preservative per cubic foot of wood.
  • Common bearing wall post spacing ranges from 6’ to 8’ on center.
  • Spacing flexibility allows us to combine your building needs with the most economical and structurally sound design.
  • Common truss spacing ranges from 2’ to 8’ on center. Truss and post spacing are normally equal to each other in cold storage buildings.  However, buildings that are going to be finished inside may have posts 8’ on center and trusses 2’ or 4’ on center depending on ceiling material type and other design criteria.
  • Wall systems typically start with a 9” non-arsenic treated baseboard system and continue up with 2″ x 4″ or wider lumber with #2 and better MSR (Machine Stress Rated) wall girts. MSR lumber is mechanically tested and graded for strength and integrity.
  • Engineered roof systems include 1650# MSR purlins and engineered trusses set on notched columns. Notching the columns allows the weight of the roof system to be directly transferred to the columns and footings. Standard trusses include a 7lb ceiling load for the safe installation of a steel ceiling.
  • Steel roofing and siding product is a 29 gauge, G60 panel with a 45 year siliconized polyester paint warranty. Upgrade options include: G90, G100, 26 gauge, and Kynar paint finish. Steel siding and roofing are typically fastened with gasket-mounted screws. A more economical option is available using G40 panels.
  • Ventilation design includes continuous ridge venting mesh at the peak of the building and unobstructed ribs at both eaves with a roof steel overhang of 6”.  This unique design allows for maximum, non-mechanical, “free air movement” of fresh air into the building’s attic airspace at the eaves, and the escape of warm humid air out at the ridge, while effectively restricting rain and snow from entering the building.
  • Ridge cap is a 20” wide metal cap running the length of the building at the peak of the roof.  For cold storage buildings, polycarbonate ridge cap is a “clear as glass” economical lighting solution rated 20 times stronger than fiberglass.
  • Windows are commercial grade, horizontal sliding, maintenance-free, and pre-finished in an aluminum frame or vinyl. Some options include: custom colors, fixed light picture windows, single-hung windows, vinyl, and insulated glass.
  • Walk-in doors are a white commercial grade, maintenance-free, pre-finished, steel-frame, and steel-panel service door. Some options include: Upgrade and custom colors, cross buck and 6 panel designs, glass, deadbolts, and closer hardware. See brochure for more details.
  • Non-insulated overhead garage doors are a nominal 24 gauge raised short panel steel door with torsion springs and a 12” radius track system.  Some options include: Upgrade and custom colors, windows, and panel designs.  See brochure for more details.
  • Insulated overhead garage doors are R-6.7 rated polystyrene insulation, which is bonded between a 26-gauge substrate, with torsion springs and a 12” radius track system.  Some options include: Upgrade and custom colors, windows, panel designs, and higher insulation values. See brochure for more details.
  • Roof-to-eave detail allows roof steel to extend beyond the eave wall approximately 6”. Roof-to-gable detail includes steel corner trim to finish off the transition from the roof steel to the wall steel.
  • Upgraded roof to eave or gable detail, called boxed overhangs typically extend 12” to 24” out from the building walls and are enclosed with color matched metal soffits and fascia.  Boxed overhangs can be added to one or more walls as aesthetically desired. (Our standard roof to eave or gable design creates a fully ventilated structure making boxed overhangs an option, not a necessity.)
  • Wainscoting is an aesthetic upgrade that allows the lower portion of the building walls to be a different accent color.  Wainscoting can be applied to one or more walls and can help reduce the cost of repairs to damaged wall steel.
  • Sliding doors are custom designed to the exact door dimensions you need.  When installed on the gable end, sliding door height can equal the ceiling height of the building.  This means you can get a taller door with sliding doors than you can with overhead doors.  (Overhead doors typically require 16” of headroom clearance between the top of the door and the ceiling.)
  • Factory built pre-assembled Dutch doors are a two-piece (upper and lower) door system most commonly used in equestrian buildings.  29 gauge steel door panels and 16 gauge steel frames are available in 15 popular colors.
  • Roof cupolas with color matched steel walls and roof are available in 24”, 36” and 48” sizes. Cupolas include your choice of 10 different weather vanes.
  • Interior finish package includes wall and ceiling insulation, vapor barrier, and liner steel.

Options

  • Insulated overhead garage doors are R-6.7 rated polystyrene insulation, which is bonded between a 26-gauge substrate, with torsion springs and a 12” radius track system. Some options include: Upgrade and custom colors, windows, panel designs, and higher insulation values.
  • Upgraded roof to eave or gable detail typically extends 12” to 24” out from the building walls and is enclosed with color matched metal soffits and fascia. Boxed overhangs can be added to one or more walls as aesthetically desired. (Our standard roof to eave or gable design creates a fully ventilated structure making boxed overhangs an option, not a necessity.)
  • Wainscoting is an aesthetic upgrade that allows the lower portion of the building walls to be a different accent color. Wainscoting can be applied to one or more walls and can help reduce the cost of repairs to damaged wall steel.
  • Sliding doors are custom designed to the exact door dimensions you need. When installed on the gable end, sliding door height can equal the ceiling height of the building. This means you can get a taller door with sliding doors than you can with overhead doors. (Overhead doors typically require 16” of headroom clearance between the top of the door and the ceiling.)
  • Factory built pre-assembled Dutch doors are a two-piece (upper and lower) door system most commonly used in equestrian buildings. 29-gauge steel door panels and 16 gauge steel frames are available in 15 popular colors.
  • Roof cupolas with color matched steel walls and roof are available in 24”, 36” and 48” sizes. Cupolas include your choice of 10 different weather vanes.
  • Interior finish package includes wall and ceiling insulation, vapor barrier, and liner steel.

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Specialty Finish Items

Post-Frame Exterior Options

  • Horizontal lap siding
  • Board and batten siding
  • Brick siding/wainscoting
  • Stone siding/wainscoting
  • Vertical siding/wainscoting
  • Corrugated steel roofing
  • Standing seam roofing
  • Low-slope roofing
  • Roof overhangs
  • Porticos or canopies
  • Porches or lean-to

Permit Procedures

Basic Requirements:
If your building requires an accessory structure building permit certain information about your property will be required. Below is a list of basic requirements your permitting agency (township, county, etc…) should provide you. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sherman Pole Buildings and we will be happy to help you.

Zoning Requirements:

  1. Setbacks – This is the distance your building must be built from your property lines, house, well, septic and/or other buildings on your property.
  2. Snow Load – Exposure level, elevation and your property’s exposure to the wind will determine the above factors.
  3. Footing sizes- Some counties require different footing sizes, we have the experience in many of the counties and cities to advise on the correct size of footing or if necessary, poured footings.

Warranty

Commitment to You

Sherman Pole Buildings and Sherman Lumber, Inc. are proud to offer a 30 Year Structural Integrity and a 10 Year Workmanship Warranty on every building that we construct.  This warranty covers a period 3 times the Minnesota State requirements for structure and 10 times the requirements for workmanship.

Covered under this warranty are the building design, snow, and wind loads.  Also included are the steel siding, roofing, and any leaks.

The treated lumber and columns carry a 60 year to lifetime warranty against rot, decay, insect attack. The truss and rafter systems carry a LIFETIME WARRANTY for building design loads.

The non-structural components such as building accessories, windows, service doors, and overhead doors carry warranties from 5 years to lifetime, based on manufactures specifications.  For further information on the warranties for particular products refer to the Printables page.


This warranty is extended to the original building owner, is not transferable, and is limited to the building withstanding the natural forces and uses for which it was designed.  This warranty will be void if the building site is altered, added to, or partially removed unless by Sherman Lumber, Inc.  Building component manufacturers’ warranties will be used to define the conditions of this warranty.

Adverse disruption to the building and/or surroundings area will void this warranty.  This warranty does not cover damage to, neglect to, vandalism of, or failure to maintain the building.  Claims regarding aesthetics must be reported immediately.  This warranty does not cover damage to other building material, personal property, or items otherwise not within the original scope of work to be provided.

Liability incurred as a result of this warranty is limited to the components and labor that Sherman Lumber, Inc. originally agreed to supply by contract.  Sherman Lumber, Inc. will gladly provide repair services not covered under this warranty at reasonable rates paid by the owner.


This warranty is our commitment to you that we believe in the craftsmanship and quality of materials and workmanship for every building we complete.

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