Also known as post-frame, pole barns have been around for almost a century for good reasons. Not only do they look nice, but they’re also affordable, sturdy, customizable, and built to last. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and efficient way to create a building that’ll give you the most bang for your buck, look no further than pole barns.
What is a Pole Barn?
Pole barns are built using poles as a foundation, hence the name. Generally, they are built using wood or steel poles (think telephone poles but slimmer) that are then buried 4-6 feet underground to provide a solid foundation. Unlike standard buildings that use a concrete foundation, pole buildings use the earth as their foundation.
Below, we have outlined some of the primary benefits of post-frame over other types of construction.
Post-Frame Buildings are Sturdy
Despite not having a concrete base, pole buildings are built to last. Because the building’s foundation is buried underneath the earth, it can withstand heavy winds, storms, and other extreme weather just as well as traditional buildings with a concrete base. Post-frame buildings use roof trusses to support roof panels made from materials such as steel, which enable them to withstand large amounts of snow buildup.
Pole Barns are Customizable
Even though post-frame structures are generally associated with barns, they can also be used for constructing other types of buildings. Because post-frame buildings do not use a concrete base like traditional buildings, they can be built anywhere. As long as there is sturdy earth to use as a foundation, post-frame structures can easily be implemented anywhere.
Post-frame structures can be an alternative to traditional housing, and they can also perform as:
- Man caves/she sheds
- Gathering spaces
- And much more
Adding new features like windows or additional floors down the line is also much easier, thanks to the customizable nature of post-frame structures.
Post-Frame Structures are Cheap
Not having to build a concrete foundation already saves money right out of the gate. In addition to this, pole barns require fewer resources than traditional buildings. Because they are so resource-light and can be built faster, you also save money on contractor labor costs. Regarding average costs, a 600-square-foot pole barn will be a bit less than half the price of stick barns.
Pole Barns are Built More Efficiently
Not needing a concrete foundation has many benefits, with construction efficiency being one of the more notable ones. Pole barns can be built quickly and easily because once the foundational poles are inserted into the ground, contractors can get to work on the body of the building. Since they require fewer construction materials, getting them shipped out and put together quickly is easier.
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