What is a Pole Barn
That’s a great question, especially if you are considering new construction on your property.
Pole barns are a type of post-frame construction, highly engineered to combine efficiency and adaptability. It uses large poles or posts buried in the ground to provide the vertical structural support, along with girts to provide horizontal support. It is a quick way to construct a sturdy, reliable structure on your property.
A Little Pole Barn History
The method was developed during the 1930s. The depressed value of agricultural products in the 1920s and 1930s along with the rise of large, corporate farming created a demand for larger agricultural buildings.
Pole barn construction was a quick and economical way to add outbuildings on a farm. As agricultural practices changed to include engine powered farm equipment, the need to shelter the farm equipment demanded inexpensive methods for larger barn and storage areas. Originally constructed from recycled telephone poles, the pole barn was born.
Advantages of a Pole Barn
- Easy Foundation
Because a pole barn is supported by deep set poles, you do not need to prepare a level bed of concrete first to start the building process. An unlevel ground is all clear for pole barn construction. The only concrete required is in each footer as you set the poles.
- Less Expensive
Creating a concrete foundation for a barn or garage is typically about 10 to 20 percent of your overall cost. Because pole barns don’t require this, you have the option to forego a concrete foundation and save money.
Pole buildings also require less wood to complete than typical buildings. Fewer materials means lower costs.
The lack of needing a concrete foundation opens the doors for you to build your pole barn in a variety of areas on your farm or property.
- Less Labor Intensive
Due to their design, pole building requires less time than other buildings.
If you’re using a team of professionals, you’ll save on labor costs due to the decrease in overall construction time.
- Better Insulation & Air Flow
The design of pole barns create a natural ventillation. Whether you’re building a pole barn for your animals, machinery or to use as a private hobby shop or man cave, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable environment.
The wide spacing between posts in the pole barn frame also allows for better insulation.
Pole Barns For Other Uses
Pole barns are a great choice for a variety of uses:
Garages – This is probably one of the most common uses of a pole barn. Due to their scalability in depth and height, they are perfect for RV’s, boats or for car hobbyists.
Workshops – A pole barn is a great option for a craftsman, musician, artist or collector needing a separate or large space to work in.
Horse Stables – Pole barns make excellent stables for horses.
Man Cave – A popular option for those who want a quiet place to just get away.
Some Common Questions About Pole Barns
Do Pole Barns Have Automatic Doors?
You can install the door of your choice on your pole barn. For instance, if you’re building a pole barn garage, an automatic door makes the most sense. However, if you’re building a barn for your horses, you may not want or need an automatic door.
Will A Pole Barn Hold Up In Snowy Climates?
Every pole barn is rated for a snow load based on your region. If you live in the snowiest of states, your pole barn will be planned to handle a blizzard.
Do I Need a Permit to Build a Pole Barn?
Most cities require a permit in order to build any permanent structure. Some will waive this requirement for exceptionally small sheds or other structures. It’s important that you contact your local government to learn what permits you may need. This will help you make key decisions such as the size and placement of your pole barn.
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