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Barn Maintenance – Removing Snow From the Roof

Barn Maintenance - Snow Removal

Year after year, from small barns to huge stadiums, roofs collapse under the immense weight of snow buildup. It’s a real threat, especially for folks in the Northeastern US, but the solution isn’t always very clear. With most insurance companies only covering damage caused by snow and ice and not barn maintenance, several options are available for property owners to clear winter roof accumulation, ranging from expensive and safe to cheap and dangerous.

Hire a roofing company

Typically, roofing companies will clear off snow from a building roof for around $400-$500 dollars, depending on the size of the structure and the level of access. While this is the safest option, it can be somewhat pricey and your roof may require a few treatments throughout the course of a winter.

Buy a roof rake, or two

When possible, use a roof rake – which is just a rake with an extremely long handle available at home improvement and hardware stores.  Obviously, this only works well with single level homes and most times two rakes need to be attached together to reach all the snow/ice buildup.

Climb up there – but be careful

First of all, if you have a slanted roof don’t even attempt this before you have the proper fall prevention systems, such as covers, screens, railings or guardrails, in place. Roofs always pose a fall hazard; add in snow and ice and the danger of falling increases exponentially. In addition, if the weight of the snow weakens supports, your additional body weight could be enough where a collapse could occur that was potentially avoidable.

No matter the route you choose, it’s a good idea to keep the following advice in mind:

  • Never spray water on the roof to try to clear the snow—it’ll just freeze and make a bad situation worse. Instead, use a deicing chemical.
  • If you must work on a roof, wear fall protection (a full-body harness, lanyard, connectors and appropriate anchorage points) and slip-resistant footwear.
  • Never sit on, lean against or step on a skylight lens or any covering placed over a hole in a roof
  • Heat loss from buildings helps melt some of the snow on roofs, so unheated buildings or portions of buildings are more at risk of snow buildup.

Press Release: Custom Homes, Barns Showcased on New Website

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Released by Webwire on November 15, 2011

DC Building Showcases Dreamy Custom Wood Built Homes on New Website

Boring, Ore., November 10, 2011 – Most people have dreamed of owning their own wood built, cabin-style home hidden away from the white noise of the city – lazily relaxing the day away in front of the fireplace, sipping hot chocolate, or maybe hot buttered rum – getting lost in your thoughts while gazing out the window watching the horses run in and out of their own custom built equine home. I guess you could say DC Building is in the business of making dreams come true.

DC Building is a general contracting firm in Oregon that has become experts in their industry for building custom wood homes, barns, commercial buildings and beautifully designed equine facilities.

“Our mission is to provide excellence in workmanship and customer service. Our custom construction service comes with the assurance that we have dedicated ourselves to providing the very best customer service and overall excellence in everything that we do,” promises Owner Bret Loftis.  “We will build it faster, better, period – and we have a four page list of references to prove it,” he adds.

DC Building has set themselves apart from the competition with their keen eye for detail, sound approach to construction and insistence on standing behind their work – offering a three year guarantee on all labor and craftsmanship.

They recently launched a new website to showcase their gallery of must-see custom wood homes, garages, commercial buildings and equestrian facilities. These past and current projects are so gorgeous you’ll have to see it yourself to truly comprehend their true beauty.

Visit their newly designed website and gallery at


Bret Loftis
DC Building Inc.
Cell 503.956.1851
Fax 503.863.3838

Little History on Pole Barns

Custom Barn from DC Building

Pole barns are an integral part of the American countryside. The Colonial settlers were the first to bring the quaint and charming pole barn to the United States. The early Colonists built the pole barn as horse barns and to house their livestock. Pole construction (which is now called post frame construction) was their construction method of choice because they were able to put up pole buildings quickly, safely, and cut poles from the raw materials available to them in the New World. Because these early wood barns were cut from untreated trees, they were temporary structures and were repaired and replaced frequently.

Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, settlers in the western United States continued to build pole barns, and the landscape began to evolve. While the classic pole barn structure was utilized throughout the farms in the west, the rich cattle barons employed the pole building structure but with began to build their barns bigger, better, and more lavish. They used the pole barn not only for cattle and horses, but also for housing for ranch workers. The rich cattle owners and land barons had made another advance – they build pole barns with lumber treated with creosote, making them withstand time, weather and other elements. Pole barns also tended to have a lower rate of barn fires. Many of these buildings still dot the landscape.

During World War II, simple pole barns made a huge resurgence in America. In order to keep natural resource consumption low during the war, the federal government imposed a $1500 per barn construction spending limit. The American farmer turned back to the inexpensive pole barn, which uses 60% less material than a traditional frame barn. This reduction in building material kept the farmers within the mandated budget.

Through the years, the simple pole barn has evolved. What started out as a humble structure which the American Colonists raised from hand cut lumber with a simple gable roof line, the pole barn is now used in many ways and far more attractive and useful. DC Building offers customers upgraded and longer lasting wood; superior construction methods; a large array of roof materials; and the ability to make your wood barn a great space.

At DC Building, we can customize your wood barn to a gable roof, a hip roof, or a gambrel roof. Your barn can be one room or many rooms. It can be used for people, horses, livestock, hay, or grain. Your barn can be used as a shed for extra storage. A pole barn can be turned into more than a barn or a shed: picture a riding arena, a guest home, a hunting lodge, a crafting cottage, a fishing cabin, or an art studio. One customer even requested information on turning his pole barn into an airplane hanger.

The pole barn is the most common wood barn you see as you travel across the American landscape. From the rustic, simple, and charming pole barn, to a large, luxurious horse riding arena, a pole barn can be used for anything you can imagine. The only limitation is your imagination!