Post frame buildings provide excellent storage space

If you are considering a building to increase storage space on your property, don’t forget to consider post frame buildings.

A post frame building is also called a pole barn but it does not have to look like a barn. You can build your building to fit your style while also adding valuable storage space at an affordable cost.

Here are several recent projects that highlight this.

24 x 32 Hay Barn

24 x 32 x 10 Hay Barn

This building in Bridgeton, NJ will be used for hay storage. The owners wanted something simple with not a lot of extra costs. They elected to go with a split sliding door because it looks great and allows a little more head room than a garage door would.A 10 foot tall building will accommodate a ten foot tall sliding door while it would only allow a nine foot garage door.

The building fit well with the property and will provide lots of hay storage for this small horse farm.

24 x 44 x 14 garage

24 x 44 x 11 Garage

This garage near Churchville, MD provides shop space and motor home storage. The two garage doors are 11 feet tall and 10 feet wide. We also provided the concrete floor and the gutter system.


24 x 40 x 10 Garage

24 x 40 x 10 Garage

This beautiful garage fits in well with the rustic atmosphere of Upper Bucks County, PA. It includes 12″ overhangs all the way around. There are two 10 foot porches in the back. The three garage doors have dutch corners. The barn has 8/12 pitch trusses and an attic with 6’2″ clearance.

Here is a short video showing more photos of the garage.

So consider adding a post frame building to your property and if you are in New Jersey, Maryland, or PA consider Wagler Builders LLC to build it.

Barn Restoration in Freeland, Maryland

Recently were contacted by a customer from Freeland, MD. She had an old dairy barn on her property and wondered if metal would be a good option to preserve it.

The barn was slowly decaying and it was time to do something with it before it was beyond repair.

Peeling Paint Old Barn

The paint was peeling but the structure of the barn was still in good shape so we were able to cover the wood siding with metal. We also removed the rusty metal on the roof and replaced it with new metal.

We installed new 2x4s on the rafters

We installed new 2x4s on the rafters

The rafters were still in good shape so we nailed new 2x4s to them. These new boards assure that the metal is fastened properly and will not blow off.

After the roof was installed we put new metal on the sidewalls. We scraped off the peeling paint and screwed the metal right to wood siding. Before doing this we nailed the old siding securely to the beams because some of it was loose.

Finished Barn

The barn with new metal siding and roof. The milk house also got a new roof


We also installed several sliding doors and windows. The new metal will help preserve the barn for many years to come. It also looks great and helps to maintain the barn’s original look.

For more information visit our website, or give us a call at 717-656-0138.

The BIA Home Show.

Wagler Builders LLC stand

Wagler Builders LLC stand

On March 20-22 we will have a stand at the spring home show at Spooky Nook Sports. Our goal is to make people more aware that we do metal roofing and garages here in Lancaster. We will be focusing especially on metal roofing and helping customers understand the benefits of it. We hope to see you at the show and will be posting periodically.

If you have never been to Spooky Nook this weekend is a great time to come check it out. The place is truly breathtaking. Admission is free although they charge $5 for parking.

The Winter Blues

Happy New Year from us here at Wagler Builders LLC. It is a good time to look over the last year and also at the future. We had a good year in 2014 and are looking forward to a new year that will bring more great construction projects.

Now we are in the dead of winter, but we are still getting some work done. We don’t like to take too much time off for winter, but construction does slow down a little bit. Here are some pictures of some recent projects.

Here is a 40 x 84 x 14 storage shed we built for a dairy farmer in Churchville, MD.

A large Storage shed

During the construction we tried to stay warm.

The completed barn

The completed barn

This building was partly built over existing block walls

This building was partly built over existing block walls

Here is another garage we completed in late January just as the snow set in.

This garage has 12 x 11 garage doors.

This garage has 12 x 11 garage doors.


And thinking of warmer days. Here is a picture of a large pole building we built several summers ago.




Williamstown Highschool Weight Room

The Williamstown Brave

The Williamstown Brave

Williamstown, NJ High School coach Frank Fucetola was looking to build a new weight lifting facility for his football team. Fucetola, the longtime coach and former Temple University player, decided to go with a post frame building. He was looking for an economical, attractive, and well built structure. The coach and members of the Williamstown Football Huddle Club raised the money for the project.

Coach Fucetola leads his players onto the field

Coach Fucetola leads his players onto the field

Wagler Builders LLC won the contract for the building. We felt honored that the coach chose us to be part of the project. Our part was to build a 40 x 60 x 12 pole barn along with a 12 x 20 breeze way connecting the weight room to the existing locker room.

We began the project in late July. The coach was hoping to finish it before the school year began. It was interesting to work at a large school like Williamstown. Even though it was summer there was constant activity. Kids were going to camp or summer school, crews were working on the fields, and the football team was practicing.

It was also unusual to be motivated by a fiery guy like Coach Fucetola. He never hid his enthusiasm with our progress. The music he liked to pump through the speakers also got us moving fast.

Here are a few pictures of the job’s progress.

The building site.

The building site.

The Locker Room

The Locker Room

Setting Trusses

Setting Trusses


Roof installed

The project went well and we made good progress. The breezeway took a little extra time.

The breezeway framed up

The breezeway framed up


The team will comes out of these doors for the games

Another unusual part of this project was the large double windows. We installed 10 windows. The coach was afraid they will get hit by footballs before he could install wire cages over them.



Windows in the breezeway.

Windows in the breezeway.

We finished our part of the project in early August. The coach was very happy with how it turned out. He was excited to get the new weight room up and running as soon as possible.

The finished building

The finished building

The building with snow guards installed

The building with snow guards installed

Here are several pictures of the inside.

The inside

The building provides excellent space for the team

The building provides excellent space for the team

Now the team has a great weight lifting facility connected to their locker room. This year’s team made a great run through the state playoffs, but lost last Friday. This facility will provide future teams a great opportunity to better themselves. Coach Fucetola was very enthused with our work and we were honored to be a part of the project.

Visit the huddle club Facebook for more information on this project.

Snow Guards


As winter approaches it is a good time to think about snow guards for your metal roof. Snow guards are important for metal roofs because metal roofs are slippery. Snow can lay on the roof and build up for awhile. Then it often slides off in large chunks. These large chunks of snow can tear off gutters or be a hazard to people walking below.

Farm buildings or garages may may not need snow guards because few people will be walking below. However owners of commercial buildings, stores, houses, or churches should consider the liability associated with large chunks of snow falling to the ground. It is also more important to use snow guards on steeper roofs but the owners of low pitch roofs should consider them as well.

Here at Wagler Builders LLC we use a steel snow guard manufactured by Levi’s Building Components in our hometown of Leola. Levi’s is a wholesale seller and they are not keen on selling to retail but we can purchase their snow guards at AB Martin or Graber Supply.

Snow Guard Size

Levi’s offer’s a variety of snow guard options. The most popular snow guard we install is the Snow Defender 4500. This snow guard comes in 39 different colors so it can match pretty much any color of metal roofing out there. There is also an unpainted version available for a lower price. The thing I love about these snow guards is they can be installed with out using any caulk. The rubber strip on the bottom of the snow guard serves as caulk and they can be installed efficiently with screws.

Snow guards not only help protect your gutter and cars and people on the ground, they also look great. Several nice rows of snow guards really add to the aesthetics of a nice metal roof. For their price snow guards are definitely a great option for metal roofs.

Snow guards can easily be installed weeks, months, or years after a metal roof is installed.

Here are some more pictures of a new metal roof with snow guards we recently installed on a church.

Church 2Snow Guard Rows

We installed 4 rows of snow guards on this roof because it is 33 feet from the eave to the peak . Generally you only need the bottom rows, but on a roof this long and steep an additional 2 rows is necessary.

SnowSnow Guard Install

We install the snow guards on the flat space between the rib. We alternate the two rows on every other rib. The bottom rows we keep up 2 feet and four feet.

Properly installed snow guards will protect your gutters and the things parked below the roof. They also give the roof and attractive look.

A post frame garage

We recently completed a 40′ wide by 48′ long by 14′ high garage near Elmer, NJ. The garage will be used for shop space and storage.

Garage Doors

Several unique things about this garage:

  • The 1 foot overhangs on the sides and the ends
  • The 13′ high by 12′ wide garage doors
  • The entire garage was insulated with 1/2″ solar shield insulation.
  • The gray sides and roof accented with the black corner trim and fascia.

A garage like this is a lot of work from the early sketches to permits to completion. Our goal at Wagler Builders LLC is to make the process go as smooth as possible and provide advice where it is needed.

This job was in New Jersey so the customer needed sealed drawings. We worked with Graber Supply, our supplier, to acquire sealed drawings. After the local township approved the plans the building could begin.

Here are some pictures of the building’s progress:

Day 1

A picture of the job site after the footers were dug.


Here are all the materials for the job. Customers often are surprised how the materials all arrive on one truck


Here the trusses are set and most of the framing is complete

Metal and insulation

Now the roof is on and some of the sides


Here is a closeup shot of the 12″ overhangs. Notice the “bird box” we built in the corner. The one foot overhangs really dress up the building.

Back View

Here is a completed shot from the back

Front View

A completed shot from the front. Notice the 13 x 12 garage doors.

This was a fun project. We didn’t run into any big issues and it was completed in less than a week. If you are looking for a building to be built quickly and at an affordable price consider post frame construction.

Call us today at 717-656-0138 to discuss your own post frame project. We would be happy to discuss size, color, permits, and price. Post frame buildings are a good option for many building projects.

Metal Roofing vs Asphalt Shingles

Why should you consider metal roofing over asphalt shingles?

Watch this short video to see some benefits of metal roofing.

Here at Wagler Builders LLC we use metal on the roofs and and sides of most our post frame buildings. We also install metal roofs on houses and barns throughout PA, NJ, and MD.

We use metal from the following suppliers:

Graber Post Buildings

AB Martin Roofing Supply LLC 

Building a Bank Barn

Finished Barn            Stone House

We recently completed a unique project in southeastern, PA. A young couple had purchased an old farmstead dated to the 17 or 1800s. They did extensive remodeling work on the beautiful stone house on the property. Then the old bank barn on the property collapsed during a storm.

They cleaned up the barn and then began searching for someone to build them a new barn in the same spot. When Steve, of Wagler Builders LLC, first arrived at the property this was all that remained of the old barn.

Stone Walls 1   Site   Leanto 1

Steve has faced many unique challenges in his 30+ years in construction, but this situation was something new. The owners had drawn a rough sketch on a piece of paper of what they wanted their new barn to look like. They wanted to save the existing stone walls and build a new barn over them. They wanted to integrate these stone walls into the new building to look like they were part of it. The problem was the stone walls were not in any shape to actually support any of the new building.

Steve took the rough sketch the owners had made and worked out a plan for a new barn. The new barn would have several rows of posts inside the building to support the new floor. Several posts would also have to be installed outside the walls to help support the floor and the structure of the building. Steve worked with the experts at Graber Supply to come up with a building that was safe and structurally sound while also meeting the customers wishes of integrating the existing stone walls into the building.

The new barn would be 30 feet wide by 40 feet long with an 18′ x 30′ lean to attached to one end. The building height would be 19 feet to the bottom of the trusses (10 feet to the first floor and then 9 more feet to the trusses).

The owners liked the plan Steve came up with and they were also happy with the price so we were scheduled to begin the project.

It was a challenge starting this job and squaring up the building. The site was a little muddy and the stone walls somewhat obstructed our ability to square the building. Eventually though we managed to get the building square and dig the holes. We installed the posts on the outside walls of the building. Then we put up the headers and straightened out the walls.


By the end of the second day we were ready to set trusses. We set the trusses with our pettibone, a large all-terrain fork lift. The trusses had a 6/12 pitch, which is a little steeper than the usual.

Setting Trusses 1   Setting Trusses 2

We then installed 2×4 sheeting on the trusses and a metal roof. The color was charcoal. Here is the building after the roof was installed.

Metal Roof

The next step in the project was installing several more rows of posts inside the building for the floor. Then we installed headers and joists and the floor. The floor was a 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood.

Then we installed the wood siding on the outside of the building. It was 1×12 board and batten siding. The boards were nailed beside each other, then a 2 1/4″ wood piece was nailed over the gap. We also installed wood trim around the windows and doors.

Siding 1    siding 2

Here are a few more pictures of the building progress and the finished building.

Building a deck and ramp behind the barn

Building a deck and ramp behind the barn


Installing a ceiling beneath the front of the barn

Installing a wood ceiling beneath the front of the barn


Wood trim installed around an arched window

Wood trim installed around an arched window


Completed 18 x 30 leanto

Completed 18 x 30 lean-to


The Floor

The 1200 square foot floor


Deck and Ramp completed

Deck, ramp, and sliding door completed


The barn completed

The barn completed


This project offered unique challenges but it was very rewarding to complete. The customers were very pleased with the way it turned out. We hope to have some more pictures once the stonework is repointed and the siding is stained.

Post frame construction can be used for many different buildings. For all your post frame needs call Wagler Builders LLC at 717-823-1395.

Squaring a Post Frame Building

In this post I will discuss the first step in building a pole building. I will show the method Wagler Builders LLC uses to mark the foot print of the building. This includes setting up strings along all four sides of the building and squaring the building using the hypotnuse method. If the building isn’t started square there will be all kinds of issues.

When starting a building it is very important to put the building exactly where our customer wants it. Customers often mark the building with stakes at all four comers or telling us to measure off an existing building or fence.

We always start by making 8 nice wooden stakes. These stakes need to be pointed sharply and about 2 feet long. Tools needed for this part of the project are a 12 lb sledge hammer, a nice string line, a hammer and roofing nails, a 100 foot tape, and a marker. The following steps are shown in the drawing below. Each Step contains a number on the drawing. Refer to the drawing to help understand the steps.

Square a BuildingStep 1: Stretch the first string line. We put our two stakes about 2 feet past where the corner of the building will be. Then we stretch the string over the corners of the building and fasten it to the stakes with roofing nails. This line is running along the 60′ side of the building. If you are measuring off an existing building or fence, now is the time to perfect this.

First string line

First string line


Step 2: Stretch the second string line along the other 60′ side of the building. Measure exactly 3 inches less than the final width of the building. For the 40 foot wide building the string should be stretched exactly 39 feet 9 inches away. This is done because the string lines will be used to set the poles. All the poles will have 1 1/2″ wide purlins and headers nailed outside of them. This will bring the building to exactly 40 feet wide. After the 2nd string is stretched measure both ends again to make sure it is right.

Measuring for 2nd string line

Measuring for 2nd string line


First two string lines

First two string lines

Step 3: Mark the first corner of the building on the string line. Take a magic marker and mark right above the first corner.

Step 4: Mark the second corner of the building. One man hold the end of the 100′ tape measure on the first mark. The other man stretches the tape along the first string line and marks the second corner exactly 59′ 9″ away.

Marking the 2nd corner

Marking the 2nd corner


Step 5: Figure out the cross measurement (or hypotenuse) of the building. You may have learned this in geometry class and most smart phones now have calculators that can easily do this. The formula used by Wagler Builders LLC is:

Hyopotnuse formula

So one man holds the end of the tape on the original corner while the other man goes across the building to the opposite corner (5) and marks exactly at 71′ 9 1/4″.

Marking the cross measurement

Marking the cross measurement


Step 6: Mark the last corner of the building. A man will then hold the end of the tape on this newly marked corner (5) while the second man will stretch the tape along string line 2. He will measure exactly 59′ 9″ along string line 2 and mark the last corner (6) of the building.

Step 7: Double check 2nd hypotenuse. Now all the corners of the building will be marked. Just to make sure everything is right we then measure the other hypotenuse of the building. This will be from the marker marks at corner 6 to corner 4. If this measurement is exactly 71 feet 9 1/4 inches then everything has been measured correctly.

Step 8 and 9: Stretch the strings along the ends of the building. Stretch a string over the marks on the strings to see where the stakes belong. Pound in the stakes then stretch the strings over the marks again. Put marks on the stakes. Then put nails on the marks and hook the end strings on these nails.

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Now you will have four strings that will be the outside of the posts that will make up your pole building. These strings will be exactly 3 inches less than your final building dimensions. They will also be square.

It is time to mark where the posts will go. Usually they are every 8 feet. When there are doors involved the pole spacings may vary. This drawing shows where all the posts are to be marked on a 24 x 24 building.

Post Placement

One man will hold the tape at the corner. He will hold it 1 1/2 inches past the corner. The other man will stretch the tape along the string and mark where the post holes are to be dug. He will mark this on the ground with orange marking paint. It will be marked several inches inside the string line so it is exactly at the center of the post

Marking for the post hole

Marking for the post hole

Once all the post holes have been marked the strings will be wrapped up and we will dig the holes.

Lets dig some post holes!!

Lets dig some post holes!!