Installing Windows in a Pole Barn
A traditional pole barn is a roof supported on telegraph poles (hence the name) and is often used for storing hay. Pole barns used for animals and machinery also have walls of corrugated iron or timber sheeting.
Step 1 – Select Your Window
Rather than install a reclaimed window, purchase one especially for the job. Old windows are often subject to unknown stresses and have been known to shatter unexpectedly. Double-glazed windows are too heavy.
Step 2 – Decide the Window’s Location
Decide the best location for the window and mark it out. Try for a location where you can attach the window to one of the horizontal members of the barn framework. If the window is able to be opened, ensure that nothing will prevent its opening when you have finally fitted the window.
Step 3 – Build the Frame
Build the frame that the window fit into. If the window is 24 inches square, the opening in the frame should also be 24 inches square. You should make the frame with wood at least 1 inch thick and treated with a good waterproofer. Pole barn walls are thin, so the frame will project from both sides of the wall. A flange will help to hold it in place.
Step 4 – Cut the Opening for the Window
Hold the frame against the barn wall where you will install it. Draw round the outside of the frame. Drill a hole in each corner of the frame outline, and use a jigsaw to cut the opening along the lines.
Step 5 – Clean Up
Clean up the cut edges with coarse sandpaper.
Step 6 – Fit the Window Frame
Fit the window frame into the opening and nail it to the horizontal member and to the ends of horizontal members that were cut in the creation of the opening. Apply a bead of mastic around the frame against the siding–both inside and out. Fit the wooden flanges to both sides of the frame. You may nail them to the frame and siding. This will help prevent water penetration and make the frame more secure.
Step 7 – Fit the Window
Install the window into the frame and use the connection points in the window to screw it into place. Make sure screws do not interfere with the movement of an opening window. Install the window so it opens inwardly.
Step 8 – Apply Mastic
Apply a bead of mastic around the window in the frame to prevent water penetration.
Step 9 – Test the Window
Allow the mastic to set and then test the window to make sure it opens properly. You have now fitted your pole barn with a window that will provide both light and ventilation.