As we all know, the weather in Kentucky can be unpredictable at times. The summers can be scorching hot, the winters can be frigid, and then there can be a wide variety of different weather elements in between.
Now that winter is upon us, many owners of Kentucky pole buildings may be concerned about snow loads, and if their building is strong enough to withstand heavy snow accumulation. Snow load capacity is very important, but so is another aspect that measures a building’s strength – wind load capacity.
Wind loads are calculated by Kentucky pole barn builders to determine the strength of the structure. Six critical factors are considered when calculating a buildings wind loads; these include:
We measure wind speed the same way a car’s speed is measured, by miles per hour. Throughout this list, you will see there are numerous factors that are combined with wind speed that help calculate wind loads for Kentucky farm buildings.
A Kentucky pole building’s surroundings can significantly impact its wind load capacity. If a building is located in an elevated area, it could be exposed to much higher winds. Also, if there are no trees or hills blocking the wind, the building’s wind exposure risk will increase. However, if a pole building in Kentucky is located in a low-lying area with numerous trees that can block the wind, its wind exposure will be much lower.
Once a structure’s wind exposure is determined, then the wind force must be factored into the equation. Wind force can fluctuate if there are abrupt changes in the building’s surroundings. Areas that could be subject to higher wind force are locations near ridges, isolated hills, or anything that could increase wind speeds.
A taller pole building will most likely be exposed to higher wind speeds than a shorter building. So if you are thinking about building a one-story or two-story agricultural building in Kentucky, just know that the two-story building may get an entirely different wind load rating than a one-story structure.
Kentucky pole barn builders know that the design of a structure can also impact its wind load rating. The aerodynamics of each design can result in higher or lower wind pressure than other structures.
Your pole building will have different areas where air can enter to help ventilate the structure. This can also cause an increase or decrease in pressure, thus affecting your wind load capacity.
If you are thinking about adding a new structure to your property, reach out to our experts at MQS Structures. Our team of professional Kentucky pole barn builders can help design and construct the perfect building for you. Whether it’s a shed for your farm equipment or a garage hobby shop to do your favorite hobby, we do it all!