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Bill VA
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:59 pm    Post subject: Barn Orientation Question to Wind Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This question is a little different...

I get it, make your barn door openings to the east away from the winds.

But....

What about long vs short side against the prevailing winds?

Our pole barn will be drive through. Openings/doors will be on the short ends, so one opening is east, the other is west - looking right into the wind. I can turn my barn long side to the wind, but now have a big broad side facing the winds.

What are your thoughts on long vs short barn side to the wind?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn Orientation Question to Wind Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My 60x88x16 sits on top of a gentle hill that dictated an east/west orientation. Doors on east and west ends to avoid problem of snow sliding off. When I get a good 30 mph wind out of the west I open both ends and let the dust blow out. Saves sweeping. (;>))
 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Barn Orientation Question to Wind Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Up here in the frozen North, it is best to be North/South with the ridge. Prevailing winds after a snow storm are out of the NNW. An East/West building ridge will load up with snow on the south side.

I would guess that is not an issue in VA.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:58 am    Post subject: Re: Barn Orientation Question to Wind Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would orient it without much consideration for wind. The structure won't care if it's properly braced. Bigger concerns are proper drainage around the building and making your approaches to the building convenient. Good overhead doors aren't bothered by the wind, but if you go with sliders that might be an issue. If you want a big slider, put that door in the leeward end and put a smaller overhead door in the windward end. One advantage of orienting the ends with the prevailing winds is you can use the breeze to cool the building in the summer.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:03 am    Post subject: Re: Barn Orientation Question to Wind Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If the doors are open, it won't matter, there will be no pressure build up.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:41 am    Post subject: Re: Barn Orientation Question to Wind Reply to specific post Reply with quote


My newest pole shed is open on the north side. Not really what I wanted, but that was the only way it would fit and be easily accesible. So far, after 2 years, it is working just fine.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:14 am    Post subject: Re: Barn Orientation Question to Wind Reply to specific post Reply with quote

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