Having a storage barn is essential for ensuring that your farm runs smoothly. That is why it is all the more important to make sure that during bad weather your barn, and the contents, are well taken care of. Regardless of the type of weather that is approaching, we have put together some tips to make sure that your barn is protected from the elements.
1. Trim Trees
Having trees that are near your barn can be dangerous in storms that might have high winds or ice and heavy snow. Branches can easily snap and break, falling on the roof of your barn causing damage to the structure. If heavy ice and snow accumulate on tree branches the weight can cause the branch to break and fall on your barn. To prepare for inclement weather, make sure any branches that may hang over the roof of your barn are properly trimmed.
2. Check Hinges
Make sure all the latches and hinges are in good working condition. Having a hinge that is broken can cause a door to open unexpectedly in high winds from a storm. When doors are opened the inside contents of your storage barn can become damaged. Always replace any hinges or latches that are questionable.
3. Ensure Roof Condition
Be sure to check the integrity of your roof. Heavy snow accumulation can cause the roof to form leaks or even collapse. Before the start of winter, it is very important to check to make sure that the roof is in good structural order.
4. Prepare for flooding
If there is a possibility of a flood, make sure that any feed, hay, or grain is elevated. Having these costly foods near the ground can cause them to get damaged and mold can quickly spread if the hay becomes wet. Should this occur, it is always a good idea to have a backup plan to ensure that farm animals are still fed.
If you want more information on storage or horse barns, contact the team at Eastern Buildings today,