3 Considerations When Choosing Doors for Your Next Farm Building

Once you’ve chosen the building site, it’s time to focus on the building floor plan. Considering your door type, size and placement first will greatly affect how well your building works for you. We’ve put together 3 considerations when choosing doors for your next farm building.


Overhead doors vs. Sliding doors

Overhead doors edge out sliding doors when it comes to:

  • Insulation value
  • Weather resistance and seal
  • Performance under snowy, icy conditions
  • Capability of remote control access
  • Security

Sliding doors edge out overhead doors by:

  • Allowing wider openings
  • Matching steel colors
  • Full use of building clearance height
  • Durability


In general, the best sides for doors are, in order: south, east, west and north. North doors are cold in the winter since the sun doesn’t shine there, and the south and west sides tend to get the most wind. It is perhaps more important to place a door so that you take full advantage of the length of your building.



We recommend at least 16’ interior clearance height for your building. Combines can be over 15’ tall, but plan on them getting even taller in the future. A taller building will leave room for your operation and equipment to grow.

Your builder’s sales consultant should take the time to learn about your operation and intended building use. He can then make specific recommendations about building door sizing. Here are some basic principles to get you started:

  • If you have a semi, make sure your building is big enough to dolly down the semi trailer from the cab
  • If you include a shop, put the door on the side you can easily utilize the full width


Make sure the overall building is large enough. Keep in mind that a tractor with a filed cultivator can be 50-60’ long. Being able to park it in your building without unhitching is a timesaving convenience.

Make sure you get the building you expect by considering these options. It will set you up for a great building experience opposed to regrets after the fact. Go to our FBi Planner tool to begin designing your next building project!

FBi Buildings, Inc., is a post-frame design and self-performing construction company serving agriculture, livestock and commercial/industrial markets in the Midwest that has built well more than 20,000 farm-storage, farm-shop, dairy-barn and beef monoslope structures for cattle confinement, industrial rental projects for investors, horse barns, and pole barn storage buildings for suburban landowners and hobby farmers. Call (800) 552-2981 for more information.