You are considering a new outbuilding and comparing your options. Part of your planning process is learning how pole barns differ from steel buildings or stick-frame construction. We will look at the most important factors: cost, stability, ease-of-construction and location, location, location.

You Won’t Need a Charitable Foundation to Afford a Foundation

Pole barn construction doesn’t require or rely on a traditional foundation. The strength and stability of the pole barn structure is grounded in the poles which are deeply and firmly set on concrete. So the expense of concrete foundations or crawl spaces associated with steel or stick buildings is unnecessary. This means a huge savings to you on the traditional up-front construction costs of steel or stick buildings. So you won’t need a fundraiser to afford your foundation!

You Pick the Ideal Spot, Not Your Land

Unlike steel or stick buildings, pole barns don’t require perfect building sites. This means you can skip the cost of expensive earth moving or grading required for construction that requires solid concrete foundations. Depending on your budget and outbuilding needs, this added versatility lets you place a pole barn where it’s most convenient for you. This gives you more control in the planning process and opens up your options rather than limiting your building location to only those places your land would allow or that you can afford to grade for a concrete foundation.

Bigger Spacing Equals Bigger Openings

When large doors and open spaces are needed, pole barns are the best choice. These are critical factors for agricultural machinery or large animal barns. Pole barns are designed to allow for major openings for things like large doors. The interior can also have bigger open spaces without support walls because the weight is distributed evenly through the deep-set, embedded posts and roof structure. This is why pole barns are preferred for major event facilities like horse arenas.  It is possible to achieve these designs with other types of construction, but expensive, additional support is required to be safe.

Superior Stability

These posts and footers also transfer wind forces directly to the ground. For this reason, pole barns have shown exceptional stability in harsh weather. In areas where there is heavy snowfall, the snow load is calculated and construction adjusted to support and transfer the added winter weight.

Great for All Seasons

Naturally, all buildings can be insulated. However, pole barns have fewer thermal breaks than alternatives, which ultimately helps you better regulate the temperature in your building. The temperature in your barn can be a major factor depending on its usage. It’s good to know the insulation and ventilation options can help your pole barn stay warm or cool as needed.

Quicker to Build

When it comes to comparing the construction of pole barns vs steel or stick-frame buildings, pole barns are faster to construct.  They are also simpler to construct. DIY Pole Barns lives up to its name and has designed complete kits, from blueprint drawings and guidelines down to the last siding screw and framing nail, making it possible for homeowners to design and build their pole barn themselves.

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