Barn roofs failing under heavy snow load - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 77Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 07:20 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Canada
Posts: 6,299
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Woodhaven View Post
Every Canadian child has almost died sledding.
Yep!!! hahahaha

Luckily, our barn roof tends not to have a lot of snow accumulate on it, but I have raked it off once, just to keep it from all sliding off at once and spooking the horses. We haven't had as much ice this year though, just a fair bit of snow.

It's rare for roofs to collapse in our area because we're so used to large amounts of snow (and in recent years, freeze-thaw cycles). The snow load here is really high, and any builder worth his salt is not going to take a chance. The only buildings that have failed are very old barns that were half collapsed already, malls (because of the flat roof), and some of those tarp structures sometimes used as riding arenas. Surprisingly, even those usually do ok if they're recent. Still, always a good idea to keep an eye on things and take the snow off the roof if necessary.
Woodhaven and JoBlueQuarter like this.
Acadianartist is offline  
post #12 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 09:32 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 13,395
• Horses: 9
We learned a lot about consequences and that every action had an equal and opposite reaction (sometimes seemed like that was all out of proportion to the action) back then, didn't we?

Dreamcatcher Arabians is offline  
post #13 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 10:22 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 7,075
• Horses: 3
This is a good point to make.


My husband works at a construction company and last year they had a job at a dairy barn where half of their ALMOST NEW roof collapsed. They examined the current structure and determined it was never built correctly in the first place (certainly not enough support for the amount of snow we can get here in North Dakota). Of course, they rebuilt it correctly and also fixed the rest of the barn (that was still standing) so it wouldn't collapse in the future either.



It can be very challenging for the non-construction person when they trust that their contractor is doing a good job for them, because that isn't always the case.

∞•*˚ Βгįťţαňγ ˚*•∞
It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.
beau159 is offline  
post #14 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 11:21 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 7,163
• Horses: 0
My friends bought a place with a big barn. Stalls on the outside edges of covered arena big.

They lived in a mobile home on the property. One year in March,(we are really close to the anniversary...) they lost the barn to a tornado. Insurance covered it, and they rebuilt.

Three years later, we are expecting a few inches of snow and a little preceding ice, so they put BOTH of their vehicles in the barn.....and it collapsed under the i1/2 inch of ice and 14 inches of snow!!
JoBlueQuarter likes this.

I don't break horses, I FIX them!
greentree is offline  
post #15 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 12:16 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Posts: 2,703
• Horses: 3
Part of the lovely old cattle barn at the Minnesota State Fair collapsed this morning due to heavy snow/rain.
SilverMaple is offline  
post #16 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 12:18 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 655
• Horses: 2
@SilverMaple I saw that! Everyone's worried about the Horse Expo since that's a little more than a month away and most of the vendors are in the cattle barn. They said snow fell from a neighboring roof... So sad!
JoBlueQuarter likes this.
QueenofFrance08 is offline  
post #17 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 02:03 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Dakota
Posts: 7,075
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverMaple View Post
Part of the lovely old cattle barn at the Minnesota State Fair collapsed this morning due to heavy snow/rain.

Dang.



And the blizzard is on the way for us and Minnesota. What is that Sam Jackson says in Jurassic Park? "Hold onto your butts."
Joel Reiter and JoBlueQuarter like this.

∞•*˚ Βгįťţαňγ ˚*•∞
It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.
beau159 is offline  
post #18 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Cambridge, MN
Posts: 882
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by QueenofFrance08 View Post
Everyone's worried about the Horse Expo since that's a little more than a month away and most of the vendors are in the cattle barn.

Maybe when they fix the roof they can do something about the temperature in there. On the last weekend in April, you can count on the cattle barn at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to be the coldest place on earth. I always feel very sorry for people who sit in booths there all day long for the expo.
Joel Reiter is offline  
post #19 of 20 Old 03-13-2019, 08:36 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Posts: 2,703
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joel Reiter View Post
Maybe when they fix the roof they can do something about the temperature in there. On the last weekend in April, you can count on the cattle barn at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to be the coldest place on earth. I always feel very sorry for people who sit in booths there all day long for the expo.

Well, it was built long ago to stay cooler for cattle in the summer heat, not to keep people warm in April! I love it in there; I'll take cold over hot any day!
JoBlueQuarter likes this.
SilverMaple is offline  
post #20 of 20 Old 03-14-2019, 06:41 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 2,417
• Horses: 0
I realize this is getting off topic but old barns can be fun. Today I was over at Sis's to do chores and three of her granddaughters were there and of course they come out to the barn to "help". I had to throw down some bales so they all climbed up with me and did they have fun. It was cold and muddy outside so they did their running around in the mow, climbing bales, an uncle put up a tire swing up there and some swing ropes which they put to good use, then played hide and seek for a while'
By the time I returned them to the house they were ready to settle down for quiet time.

I sure would hate to see this wonderful old barn cave in from snow but it has stood for close to a century so I'm hoping it never happens.
Woodhaven is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Straight-load vs slant-load... pros and cons? freia Horse Trailers 10 06-12-2014 04:43 PM
Straight Load load/unload alone Mckellar Horse Training 11 07-03-2012 05:59 PM
I have to load my geding backwards in order for him to load into a trailer!! Elizabeth Bowers Horse Training 5 01-27-2012 04:15 PM
Snow, Snow, Wonderful Snow! FGRanch General Off Topic Discussion 61 12-16-2009 03:43 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome