Pole barn shapes and sizes

What is a "Pole Building"?

 Pole framing or post-frame construction (pole building framing, pole building, pole barn) is a simplified building technique adapted from the labor-intensive traditional timber framing technique. It uses large poles or posts buried in the ground or on a foundation to provide the vertical structural support, along with girts  to provide horizontal support. The method was developed and matured  during the 1930s as agricultural practices changed, including the shift  toward engine-powered farm equipment and the demand for cheaper, larger  barns and storage areas. (from Wikipedia)

What about roof shape?

If you like the shape of a traditional barn, than you like a "gambrel" roof, or what used to be called 100 years ago, a "Dutch Roof".  You can still build a barn with that shape and get a lot more head room for a loft or a finished upstairs. 

We assume people want a Pole Barn with a 4/12 pitch roof.  This is more of a flat roof and is the most common way Pole Buildings are built.  "4/12" just means that for every 12 inches you move from the center to the edge, the roof will go down 4 inches.  

There are many variations in roof lines and you can always request something different like a 6/12 pitch, or a gambrel roof.  Those modification will impact the cost, but if this building is more than a place to store your old tractor, don't be afraid to make it look how you want.  We want you to enjoy the form, and function of your new building.  

What doors should I use?

Pole Buildings typically have only three options for getting inside.  

1.  The standard walk through door.  People call them "man doors" (but we suppose ladies can use them too)   If you want an entry door, or two or three, we quote with a non-window or window option made by Plyco.  The 99E model is industrial, insulated, and good quality. 

2.  Overhead Doors.  Overhead doors are "garage doors" to the common person, and you can get these in all shapes and sizes.  If you have a big barn, you can get that 16 foot wide by 16 foot tall door.  If you're just building a shop for the car, we can install the standard 9' x 7'.  A standard quote for any and all overhead doors is for an insulated industrial door made by Wayne Dalton called the Thermospan 150.  

3.  Sliding Doors are a cost effective way to build a door that matches the color of your barn.  Split Sliders make a big opening smaller by building the door in two pieces.  A standard Sliding Door can be made in almost any size.  All Sliding Doors are custom made at the job site and can be built on either the gable or eave sides.    

What do I do with the inside?

The sky is the limit really.  Why are you building this barn and how much time to you plan to spend there and what will you do?  A work shop? Auto shop?  Storage facility?  Animals and livestock?  Building it into a home eventually?  

For the average Pole Barn, the questions we walk you through will answer all of that if you have not thought of everything yet.  If you don't understand what we're asking, don't be intimidated, we can explain things, or we can help you get the answers.  

What about Porches or Lean-to's?

Since you're already building the barn, adding some extra roof overhang during the process may be something to consider.  It will be far cheaper to do it during the build with the crew there, than to change your mind in two years.  

Porches add great shade and typically run at least 10 feet off the building.  As a cost example in the "ball-park" range, two barns we built that were 32 feet long each had a full porch running down the whole side and cost around $5000.  One thing to think about however is the cost of concrete.  Most people will want to pour a concrete pad under the porch and that will definitely add up.  

If you just want extra storage room to keep the lawn mower or fire wood out of the rain, consider putting a lean-to off the side.  It is basically like a porch but less expensive because lean-to's are not finished underneath, it's just plain roof.   

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