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August 5, 2017

Shop Talk: Deciding on a Floor for Your Pole Barn

Flooring plays a major role in the look, feel and functionality of a pole barn.

July 30, 2017

Building a Pole Barn is Quite Easy When Doing Business with The Pole Barn Company

What you need to know about building a pole barn structure from a kit from The Pole Barn Company.

July 22, 2017

Pole Barn Buildings are Excellent for RV Storage

Recreational vehicles are the ultimate dream for many people: retirees, wilderness lovers, campers and those who just love to travel on the open roads. It’s not until you have to put the RV away, that they become an issue. 

July 14, 2017

Metal Pole Barn Siding is Designed With a Purpose ... 4 Purposes Actually

Personally, The Pole Barn Company just likes the look of metal for pole barn siding and that’s why we sell it that way. But, metal siding for pole barns really serve a purpose: it’s durable, long lasting, energy efficient, and it’s environmentally friendly.

July 8, 2017

He Shed. She Shed.

From a recent survey of people who have contacted The Pole Barn Company for more information on our pole barn kits, the greatest need has been for a shed.

July 6, 2017

Live. Work. Play. In a Pole Barn!

 Who says you have to have bricks and mortar to run a business? Not us! 

June 24, 2017

Our Pole Barns are "Heavenly!"

Good churches grow rapidly and are constantly faced with the challenge of finding ways to meet additional space needs. What if there was a better, more affordable way to expand your church? The Pole Barn Company suggests there is! Read on...

June 17, 2017

Save 5% on a Pole Barn Kit Today!

"Buy Land. They're Not Making It Anymore." --Mark Twain

June 12, 2017

Laying the Proper Foundation for a Pole Barn

The Pole Barn Company makes recommendations for foundation preparation, but is not responsible for individual foundation problems.

June 6, 2017

"The Bitterness of Quality Stays Around a Lot Longer Than the Low Price"

 Someone else wrote it, but The Pole Barn Company couldn't agree more on this statement.

June 1, 2017

Best Heating and Cooling Options for Pole Barns

Here are a few of proven examples for a heating and cooling system for pole barns.

May 21, 2017

Customize Your Pole Barn and Get Exactly What You Want!

If there is a word to describe one of the biggest benefits of buying your pole barn from The Pole Barn Company, it has to be CUSTOMIZATION. 

May 7, 2017

Pole Barn Kits Offer Great Flexibility in Layout and Design

Could you imagine? A barn, workshop, storage space, business or home whereby you can design it specifically for your needs? It can be done! 

April 30, 2017

Ways to Protect Your Pole Barn Posts From Rot

Protecting your posts from rot is probably the most important thing you’ll need to do when building your pole barn…especially in seasonally wet climates. 

April 9, 2017

Home Sweet Pole Barn Home

  "A Very Special House in the Country"

Did you see today’s rerun episode of Fixer Upper, where the Meek family converted a 1000-square-foot "barndominium" (barn + upstairs apartment) into a beautiful 2700-square-foot home? Joanna Gaines said, “It’s my favorite fixer upper by far!” It was indeed a beautifully finished old barn-style home. See it here: http://www.hgtv.com/shows/fixer-upper/fixer-upper-a-very-special-house-in-the-country-pictures


But, because it still had recently housed horses (manure) and hay, it was not an easy task nor was it cheap! The Pole Barn Company suggests that to have a barn as a home, start from scratch…it’s a whole lot easier and must less expensive!


Pole barn homes need everything from insulation to plumbing to foundation. The Meek barn project on HGTV would have been cheaper had they completely started over with a pole barn kit and not tried to save that old barn. In fact, they spent just south of $400,000 to make their barn work as a home. A new pole barn home can be constructed from a kit for much less than half of that amount.


It’s not just the cost that makes the reconstruction of converting an old barn to a home nearly impossible, one must also consider the time it will take to make the project a reality.  This type of project is very time-consuming because everything because a challenge; very few old barns are habitable for many reasons:

·      there is usually no foundation to start with; most barns have dirt floors

·      the existing barn is not structurally sound

·      damage from rodents and insects is excessive

·      permits, inspections and other regulatory compliance is very difficult to obtain


To make a barn a home, a pole barn kit is the perfect solution! It can make your dream a possibility…and for much less than converting an old standing barn.


For a look at The Pole Barn company prices for a barn home, visit us at www.thepolebarncompany.com. You can use our online estimator http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip= to get an idea of what you’ll pay for the size of kit you desire. Lock in your quote (good for 30 days) and if you do decide to buy within that time frame, you’ll save 5% of the quote amount.

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April 2, 2017

Affordable, Family-friendly Spaces From The Pole Barn Company

 It costs you nothing to explore the design and pricing of a pole barn. Get your free, no-obligation estimate here: http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/.

March 26, 2017

How to Prepare Your Lot For a Pole Barn Building

There are steps similar to that of building a house or other structure that should be followed even though it’s just a pole barn building. Here is what The Pole Barn Company suggests:

Proper site preparation is important before the construction of a pole barn building starts. Sure, it costs a little upfront to do it right, but when done properly it will save you lots of money and many headaches in the future. Not only that, your pole barn building will last longer and require less maintenance if first the lot is prepared right.

There are steps similar to that of building a house or other structure that should be followed even though it’s just a pole barn building. First, and ALWAYS, start by seeking approval for your lot and pole barn building by obtaining the proper permits from the jurisdiction where you live. Know your property codes, zoning requirements, and inspection processes, if required. Once that is determined, it’s time to dig!

Basic steps to prepare a lot for a pole barn building:

  1. Determine the size of the lot your need to clear and map out it’s location with stakes and boundary rope. Ideally a flat, well-draining area will help minimize problems later. Also, the perfect location should consider access and use for your pole barn building. Finally, determine if there will be a future expansion. 
  2. Be sure to leave enough space around your planned building area to allow for clear access on all sides.
  3. Establish the grade and elevation needed to allow for adequate drainage away from your pole barn building lot.
  4. You are ready to excavate. Remove all sod, soil and other natural debris. Excavate to make the pole barn lot smooth, removing high spots and filling low ones.  
  5. It is recommended at this time that you add ponds or other swales, if needed.
  6. If needed add fill material such as gravel, sand, or coarse stone over the soil base to reduces capillary action and better prepare the lot to drain water away from the pole barn.
  7. You should now be ready to build. But, if you are not sure, ask advice from a building construction professional. They may charge a small fee to evaluate your lot, but it is worth it to have a professional opinion.

To start construction on your pole barn building. For resources and advice on constructing your pole barn from a kit, visit our blog at www.thepolebarncompany.com/blog. We offer advice for every step of the way from designing your pole barn to framing it up and adding options.

Visit www.thepolebarncompany.com to design and get an instant, free online estimate for a pole barn building. Or call us at 844-213-0034.


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March 19, 2017

Movin. Movin. Movin....Pole Barn Kit Delivery, How Itís Done

The Pole Barn Company is proud of our tract record for the safe and timely delivery of pole barn kits to our customers.

Delivery of a pole barn is critically important because any damage to your kit supplies could compromise construction. Not only is the damage damning to your pole barn construction project, but late delivery can cost you a lot of time in scheduling. And, we all know that time is money! (These photos illustrate The Pole Barn Company’s excellent delivery, method of arrival, unloading, and the careful placement of your pole barn kit materials.)

With The Pole Barn Company, once you’ve placed your order we are working to produce a comprehensive “delivery production schedule.” We never disappoint! All details are communicated including delivery date and time so you can do all of your planning on the other end.

Your pole barn kit from The Pole Barn Company will arrive via our contracted loigstics company, Point to Point. Point to Point is our logistics partner because of their near-perfect record of timely deliveries and lack of claims for major damage in any shipment. It’s the reason they are trusted to deliver to our customers!

Unlike the larger, more known third party carriers, the Point to Point trucking operator will unload all of your kit materials at your designated location. Time to unload your pole barn kit is quick and easy because of expert packaging. Our goal for unloading is 30 to 60 minutes.

There are many reasons to buy your pole barn kit from The Pole Barn like our high quality materials, expert drawn plans and dependable delivery service. If you are in the market for a garage, barn, or home or business constructed from a pole barn kit, call The Pole Barn Company…the most reliable in the business! Visit www.thepolebarncompany.com for more information and immediate quote using our online estimating tool. Or, give us a call at 844-213-0034, M-F 8am-6pm Eastern time.


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March 13, 2017

5 Good Reasons to Build a Pole Barn Home

By now you’ve probably realized you DID NOT win the HGTV Dream Home and you need a backup plan. How about a pole barn house?

Here’s five reasons why a pole barn house built from a kit just may work for you:


1.     You can easily design your pole barn home to your needs and likings…any size, any color, any style!

2.     Pole barns houses are generally more affordable to build than new, framed homes.

3.     A great number of options are available to expand from basic barn kit to a converted home. The only difference is you have to pay for ONLY the options you want!

4.     Pole barn homes require the proper permits when being built, however, codes are a little more relaxed and the inspections and paperwork is far less than when building a traditional home.

5.     Pole barns homes can be built in a fraction of the time it takes to build a new, framed home.


Buying the right pole barn “package” for a pole barn home is key. Most pole barn kits are just basic barns, sheds or garages. If you want something more custom and personalized — and to live in — you should consider hiring an architect or a seeking professional advice from a pole barn expert before ordering your pole barn kit. Someone with this kind of experience can help you buy the right materials to build a pole barn home from a kit.


Pole barn kit homes are a quick and affordable home options that are becoming more popular by the day. Pole barn kits are essentially just plans that are available at a low cost. They are predesigned, but still offer everything you need to quickly build a home.


If you’re worried that your pole barn home will not have all of the luxuries that you’d want it to, don’t worry…just like a traditional home, a pole barn house can have every luxury you desire. The sky is your limit!


The Pole Barn Company believes that pole barn kit homes are a great option for living and may be just that “dream home” you are longing for. For more information visit us at www.thepolebarncompany.com. Use our online estimating tool to build your dream pole barn home and lock in your estimate to get 5% off if you do decide to buy. There’s no obligation to buy and your quote is good for 6 months.

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March 5, 2017

A Pole Barn Company Typical Drawing Package Is Not So Typical

Construction drawings can make the all the difference between a good and easy pole barn build or a disastrous one.

But not just are our drawings the most accurate and comprehensive available with a pole barn kit purchase, you also have access to our professionals at The Pole Barn Company. Call during our open hours (844-213-0034 8am-6pm Eastern) and we’ll help you best that we can.

Above explains what you will get with a typical drawing package for a pole barn kit. Many times they are exactly what is require during the permit process, however, some counties and jurisdictions require drawings signed by a profession engineer (PE). We can help you there, too, however there is a charge for that.



Your drawings and specifications create the road map for your pole barn kit project. Don’t settle for anything less that what you read above. The Pole Barn Company takes pride is providing you the best quality materials, and most comprehensive building instructions.



For more information, visit us at www.thepolebarncompany.com for pricing, options and everything you need to know about building a pole barn from a kit. Lock in a price with our estimator,


=, and we’ll give you 5% should you decide to buy. Go ahead, you have nothing to lose. There is never any obligation to buy.


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February 26, 2017

At The Pole Barn Company, We Define What A QUALITY Pole Barn Is

“The quality of all the materials exceeded my expectations and this is coming from a building contractor that’s been in the business for 27 years. It's not often that we get top quality materials and excellent service like this, so I want to thank you again.”

Jeff Alston, Alston Construction, Pittsburgh, PA


Quality: it’s something everyone claims because there are not requirements to saying it. At The Pole Barn Company, we feel we DEFINE quality pole barns. How can we say this? Here’s how:


We define quality as what the customer wants and says…and ultimately, by our customers satisfaction. As we debate who does or doesn’t know quality, The Pole Barn Company realizes that the only person who truly matters when it comes to claiming who has the best quality is the customer.


I recently finished putting up my new pole barn, and I can’t believe how nice it looks and how easy it all came together. My building inspector even stated that this was the one of the best
kits he had ever seen. Great product from a very pleased customer.”

–Joseph Pigeon, Newberry, MI.


Our high-end, high quality materials and “select list of options” sets up apart from other pole barn suppliers. The Pole Barn Company knows what our customers need and values from a pole barn kit — like post rot protection, laminated posts and copula options — because we’ve listened. And, we continue to listen. But more importantly, we act on those needs…even if they are special requests that require a unique solution.


“Thanks for all the help getting the door and materials to me.
You guys have great quality materials and drawings.”

—Nick from Hamilton, OH.


Quality customer service and support is what we do best! At The Pole Barn Company, our customer is king. If you know anyone who has bought from us, they’ll tell you that.


“Shawna and Brad were great to work with. Having never built a pole barn before on my own,
I had numerous questions in order to make sure I was doing everything right. T
hese questions were answered very quickly and in a detailed manner.”

—Scott, Junction City, KS


Our business is blessed with quality referrals. You know you’ve satisfied a customer when you get a referral for a new one. Much of our business growth is because a happy customer has referred a friend, family member or co-worker.


“I am passing along your contact info to my cousin  who is looking to build a garage in
Bay City, MI.  I told him you’re the guys.”

—Mark Peterson, Bay City, MI


The Pole Barn Company provides quality solutions at the lowest possible price. We understand that for some people, quality might be a secondary concern to getting a good deal that fits their budget. Sure, we’re not the cheapest or best deal. But, we do have the best quality for a most competitive price. Don’t sacrifice a couple hundred dollars for inferior construction materials and a total lack of quality. At least, let us quote your pole barn project: http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip= or call us at 844-213-0034, 8:00am to 6:00pm Eastern time. Email your request or questions to http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/contact/.


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February 20, 2017

Pole Barns from The Pole Barn Company Versus The Big Box Stores

Stores like Lumber Liquidator, Lowe’s and even Walmart offer outdoor buildings, shelters and pole barns for a pretty good price, but BUYER BEWARE…you are going to get what you pay for!


December 6, 2016

Explore the Possibilities

Explore the Possibilities

Why Not?
All Pole Barn Estimates are Free…and Now It’ll Save You 5%!


Tip back the eggnog and just imagine celebrating your next holiday season in a new pole barn from The Pole Barn Company. Today, just looking saves you 5% when you do decide to buy!
Making a large purchase – or an investment in the case of a pole barn – around the holidays is not typical. The Pole Barn Company knows this. That’s why we are inviting you to simply look at our pole barn kit options and pricing. When you are ready to buy, we’ll give you a discount just for obtaining an estimate. It just might be the most wonderful time of year!
In fact, if upgrades such as doors, windows, and designer paint colors for your pole barn are on your holiday wish list, you’ll enjoy the discount on upgrades too!
There’s no need to wait (in fact, it’ll cost you more if you do) to price out your dream pole barn. Do it now and save 5% on your future purchase.*

Click here to get an estimate on your dream pole barn:

*The Pole Barn Company estimates are saved and good for 6 months.
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November 20, 2016


 Add an overhang to your pole barn for more recreational space

There's something calming about sitting under an overhang and being in the peaceful outdoors. A nice overhang in front of or around the entire perimeter of a pole barn provides a cozy and permanent picnic area or somewhere to simply place your favorite chair and enjoy the sights around you. The Pole Barn Company offers a variety of overhangs with their pole barn kits to add yards of enjoyable space. Configure your ideal pole barn here: http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip= Or call us 844-213-0034 and we’ll help you!

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November 13, 2016

Pole Barns and Cold Weather Conditions

“So if the process of condensation tells us that in metal buildings there are three possible consequences of moisture – corrosion, rust and degradation – why would I ever buy a metal pole barn kit if I live in a rainy, snowy region of the United States?”

We love this question and get it a lot!

“So if the process of condensation tells us that in metal buildings there are three possible consequences of moisture – corrosion, rust and degradation – why would I ever buy a metal pole barn kit if I live in a rainy, snowy region of the United States?”


We love this question and get it a lot!  Condensation sure is a dangerous condition IF IT PENETRATES THE METAL SURFACE. Our pole barn buildings are actually designed to defend against condensation and other extreme cold weather conditions.  


To effectively control condensation in metal pole barns, it is necessary to reduce the cold surface areas where it may occur. That is the secret…and here is how we suggest you do that:


First, let’s talk about the pole barn building’s exterior and how it will stand up to snow, ice and cold rain. Water, of course, can damage a pole barn building, causing rust, corrosion, and pre-mature aging. But, just like any home, there are things you need to do to protect your pole barn from the elements. Waterproofing and weatherproofing products must be used in the construction process to prevent leaks and condensation in metal buildings. Carefully sealing to the metal seams at side

and end-laps using vapor retarders will help maintain the integrity of the metal pole barn structure and protect it from moisture. Here is a link to read about how to effectively seal metal structures using vapor retarders: http://www.mbma.com/media/10.01.01Condensation.pdf


It is also important to minimize the air moisture within your metal pole barn building.

If you are planning to use your pole barn in very cold regions of the country, we recommend you insulate it for more comfort. Generally, if you are using your pole barn for storage, not much insulation is needed. But, if you are using it to house livestock, to live in or as a business or workshop, you’ll want more insulation and protection from the cold.


Most pole barn framing is generally 24 inches apart giving you plenty of space to roll out blanket insulation in between the studs. You can also insulate the ceiling this way. Next, you’ll want to cover the insulation. If you are simply using your pole barn for storage, you can cover the insulation with plastic, but if you have bigger plans for your pole barn, you’ll want to cover the insulation with drywall, planks or boards. We love the look of wood planks in a pole barn. Check these options out: http://www.plankwood.co/


Flooring can also add more protection and warmth to a pole barn. You’ll also want to consider your intended use of the pole barn when you choose your flooring. Pole barns that are used for storage can get by with a simple dirt or concrete floor, but if you are using your pole barn for business or home, you’ll certainly want better flooring choices. Just like a traditionally constructed house, you can any style of flooring you wish to create style, protection and warmth.


Once you’ve constructed your pole barn to meet your intended use, you’ll want to add heating (and probably cooling). If you are simply using your pole barn for storage, then you can probably get by with minimal insulation. But if you want more from your pole barn building, you can use anything that you use in home construction to provide heat including forced air, geothermal or electric heat.


There is so much you can do to add warmth and comfort to your pole barn.  Rhino Building Products offers many solutions for just this. Visit http://www.rhinobldg.com/products/ for some really good products for metal buildings construction like pole barns.


We hope we’ve answered some of your questions regarding condensation as a result of weather conditions on a metal pole barn structure. If not, give our experts a call at 844-213-0034. Or, visit our website at www.thepolebarncompany.com for FAQs and blogs on many subjects related to the construction of metal pole barn kits.

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November 3, 2016

Pole Barn Kit Colors

 What color of pole barn do you want? Yep...we got that!

October 26, 2016

Comfort and Joy...Be In a Pole Barn Home by Christmas

With average home construction taking 6-12 months and only 10-1/2 more weeks until Christmas, a home built from a pole barn kit is about the ONLY way you can build custom and new…and be in by Christmas!

If ever there are two things one wants for Christmas, it’s comfort and joy…but, in their own home!


With average home construction taking 6-12 months and only 10-1/2 more weeks until Christmas, a home built from a pole barn kit is about the ONLY way you can build custom and new…and be in by Christmas!


The Pole Barn Company guarantees a timely sale and delivery of construction materials. Buying a pole barn kit from The Pole Barn Company removes the usual real estate and closing fees and marketing costs that buyers usually have to pay with traditional home construction—the types of things that slow down home buying.  


From The Pole Barn Company, home seekers can choose from a variety of pole barn kits that are perfect for home construction — from a traditionally-styled cozy pole barn home to multi-level, luxury construction with fancy doors and other upgrades.


If time of the essence, a pole barn might be right for you. If you have land or a lot already waiting for your new pole barn home, then you’ve already jumped the highest hurdle. You simply need to research and order which pole barn kit will work best for your new home. See our kit options or build your own http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/kits/.


 If money is an issue, we’ve got your covered there, too. Work with our financing company to get the good rates and immediate approval http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/about/financing/


It takes about 3-5 weeks to build a pole barn from a kit, given you have a comprehensive plan, the time, tools and a couple of competent friends to help. Still, that’s less time than it takes to get a mortgage for a traditional home!


Buying a pole barn kit from The Pole Barn Company leaves you free to spend your time and money on the decorating of your new house for Christmas! So what’s keeping you from your comfort and joy? Order a pole barn kit and be in your new home for holidays!

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October 23, 2016

Metal Pole Barns for President!

 You may definitely vote for metal pole barns after reading this…

Wonder why you are seeing more churches, auto repair or tool and die shops, studios, and manufacturing facilities operating from metal pole barns? An increasingly large number of professionals and tradesmen are choosing to have metal buildings built from pole barn kits for their businesses rather than traditional office structures and here’s why:

·      Metal pole barns are more affordable to own than traditional office space.

o   Any way you cut it, pole barn buildings are more affordable than traditional office buildings built from scratch. And, not just one or two times less expensive to build, they are at least ten times cheaper.

o   And, the savings don’t stop at the “kit-and-construct” price. Ovver time metal buildings stand up better to nature and weather: insects, storms, heat and sun, and other elements…so there are fewer repairs.

o   They are very affordable to maintain, too! Not a lot of exterior painting or cleaning. Metal pole barns are virtually maintenance-free!

·      Metal pole barns are quick and easy to construct.

o   Traditional office buildings take a long time to construct. But not just that, there are many delays due to codes, regulations, and inspections required that are not always required in metal pole barn kit construction. (Please check with your local authorities to make sure you follow all the proper permit instructions).

o   It takes as little as 2-3 weeks to build a pole barn kit from scratch. And, it takes very little labor and tools once you have your lot leveled and prepared for it.

·      Metal pole barns are very flexible in use.

o   One Pole Barn Company customer bought a pole barn kit to construct to store his toys. Next time we heard from him, he was purchasing upgrades to convert it to open a auto repair shop.

o   Upgrades and modifications are quick and easy if you buy from The Pole Barn Company. Compare this to modifying a traditional office building. ‘Nuff said!


If you have a business venture in mind and your roadblock is building space, consider a metal pole barn built from a kit. Metal pole barn buildings provide a quick and affordable way to construct warehouses, office spaces, workshops, hangars, even churches and homes.


For more information, visit us at http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip= where you can get an instant quote for your business building.


Need to speak with an expert? You can do so M-F 8am-6pm Eastern time at 844-213-0034.

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October 16, 2016

How to Buy a New House (or Building) Without Paying Agent Fees

  Buying a pole barn kit and constructing your own home or building definitely has its advantage when it comes to agent fees...or lack of them. How is this? Because there are none!

Real estate agents typically charge a 6% in fees or commission on the sale price for a new home. So buying without an agent can certainly save you a lot of money.

Even if you are a buyer, and not a seller, some how, some way an agent has their hands in the pot in the sale of a home. Buyers will typically raise the asking price for their home to cover their real estate agent’s fees. So, in the end, buyers really have paid the agent fees on a new house.

That’s not the only agent whose hands are in the pot. When you go to finance your new home or building, you will pay fees to the mortgage lender, the appraiser, the inspector, the title company and many more who are “line items “on your closing documents.

Buying a pole barn kit and constructing your own home or building definitely has its advantage when it comes to agent fees...or lack of them. How is this? Because there are none! No fees! Just a simple purchase of building materials, plus tax, from The Pole Barn Company.

While a good agent can certainly help with finding you a premium location for your home or building. With your pole barn, chances are you can you do this without their help help at all. After all, you must already know where you want to construct your pole barn if you are looking to buy one now. So, you don’t really need someone’s opinion for 3-6% saying “yah…that would be good!”

Closing the deal on a pole barn kit is a whole lot easier than buying a home. In most cases, you pay a formulated price for the size of your pole barn, whether it’s 20x40, 30x40, 40x40, 40x60 or some custom configuration. Regardless, you only pay for the cost of the building materials you need to build your pole barn. Windows, doors, and other options will add to the cost, of course. In short, it’s not a negotiation like buying a home whereby you need to have a fee-charging agent representing you.

All you really will need is construction advice and tools! For this, The Pole Barn Company offers building plans for every configuration and layout. That’s the advice. And, with the plans, comes your tool list.

Want to know more about pole barn kits from The Pole Barn Company? Call us at 844-213-0034, or visit us at http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/kits/. For an immediate quote on your pole barn configuration, visit http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip=.

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October 12, 2016

Oversized Glass Garage Doors Make a Statement in a Pole Barn

An oversized glass garage door in the main space of a pole barn can add tons of style and natural light.

Glass garage doors are low maintenance, low cost and can serve to be a focal point in your design, whether you use your pole barn as a home, office or workshop. The floor to ceiling window views that a glass garage door can provide will allow you to take advantage of the breathtaking views if you have your pole barn on a nice landscape.


Even though a 30 x 40 pole barn kit can be assembled to be a living space, it is still smaller than a typical home. However, if you install an oversized glass garage door, you can add a unique design aesthetic that also invites maximum light into your pole barn…without letting anyone see inside your garage!


If a glass garage door is in your design plan for your pole barn kit, check out this option: www.clopaydoor.com/avante. The Avante™ by Clopay® can be customized to fit any pole barn kit and different window options allow you to choose the right degree of natural light for your pole barn. Glass garage doors will give your pole barn a modern look and can even add a splash of color in the aluminum panels.


Give yourself the affordability that a pole barn kit offers but add the luxury of contemporary design with a glass garage door and you’ve built yourself a masterpiece.


For kit prices on pole barns sizes 24x24, 28x32, 30x40, 40x64, 24x40 and 60x120, visit http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/kits/. To build your custom sized pole barn kit, visit http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip=.


For more guidance on pole barn kits, talk with one of our experts at 844-213-0034, M-F, 8am-6pm, Eastern time.


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September 30, 2016

Reclaimed Wood for Walls

Reclaimed wood is all the rage. And, it’s no wonder. Reclaimed wood panels looks awesome…especially in a pole barn!

September 25, 2016

Pole Barns Kit Are Easier to Build Than You May Think!

Our detailed construction plans make it even easier!

September 17, 2016

Garages Built From Pole Barn Kits!

There are great alternatives to keeping your car and its paint job bird poo and hail-free. Like Pole Barns!

Cars need shelter to protect them just like we do, but nothing says that it has to be a typical two- or three-car attached garage. There are great alternatives to keeping your car and its paint job bird poo and hail-free. Like Pole Barns!


Metal pole barn kits offer an inexpensive alternative to a traditional constructed attached garage, and they can usually be assembled on site in a day or two. Pole barn kits, for use as garages and other storage needs, come in just about any size you can imagine. Our most popular sizes are 24 x 24 (fits 2 cars and other “toys” quite comfortably), 30 x 40 (fits up to four cars), and 40 x 64 (fits boats and just about anything else you want to store outside). We also have two-story high pole barn kits and garage doors that will fit most RVs.


The Pole Barn Company’s offers standard kits like the ones shown here at http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/kits/ , or if you don’t see what you need we also offer an easy quote estimator that offers custom sizes and door types to make your garage meet your specific needs. Click here: http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip=

With our estimator you can easily build the garage storage space you have always dreamed of!


If you have specific questions not answered at our website, call us at 844-213-0034. Our experts can help you.

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September 10, 2016

Pole Barns Make Excellent Dog Kennels

Do you love dogs and have dreamed about owning a kennel? Buy a pole barn kit to build your own dog kennel.  The Pole Barn Company suggests it’s easier than you think!

Many of The Pole Barn Company inquiries come from people who work with animals. In fact, our most popular customers are kennel owners and for the obvious reason: pole barns kits make excellent dog kennels!

The best thing about buying a pole barn kit from The Pole Barn Company is that you can customize your kit to be any size you want it to be. If you want to house 24 doges, we’ll help you design it that way! Or, if you want each kennel to have its own exit outdoors, we’ll help you make that happen, too!

To create a dog kennel from a pole barn, we suggest you start with our 30 x 30 basic kit and add indoor/outdoor runs, with doors that flip both ways allowing the dogs to go in and out as they please. With a 30 x 30 pole barn, it is possible to put six 5’ foot runs on each side. That would house 12 kennels. So let’s do more math…12 kennels at $20 a day is $240. In one week you can make $1,680. And, in a single month, you can rake in $6,720, given you keep your kennel full at all times. If that’s not enough, you can always buy a bigger pole barn kit and add more dog kennels.

You should also insulate metal pole barns to keep the indoor spaces comfortable in hot and especially cold weather for the pets. Styrofoam works well for dog kennels because it may also help insulate sounds from barking dogs. And, it’s not a bad idea, either, to use an inexpensive swamp-type cooler if you live in a climate where you have extremely. In the winter, you may consider using a ceiling propane shop heater. They are easy to install in pole barns.

Dog kennels are an easy and profitable business to get into if you have the space and love dogs. Let us tell you more. Call The Pole Barn Company today! 844-213-0034. Or for an instant quote, click here: http://thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip=

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September 4, 2016

Forget Tiny House Living as a Less Costly Alternative to a Traditional Home. How About a Pole Barn Instead?

  Pole barns kits can enable simpler living in a less costly, more efficient space.

August 28, 2016

Pole Barns Add Good Resale Value to Your Homestead

One of the best ways to increase your property value may be a pole barn!

August 24, 2016

Ways to Finance Your Pole Barn Kit Purchase

Learn More About The Pole Barn Company has financing options.

Does buying a pole barn kit sound like  a perfect solution for your storage, living or business? Make it happen! The Pole Barn Company has financing options AND A FINANCING PARTNER to help you! http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/about/financing/


There are, of course, many options when it comes to financing real estate, and pole barns usually qualify for all of them:


1.     There are traditional mortgage loans that qualify, depending on the size and intended use of your pole barn, including conventional, FHA and VA loans. Interest rates will depend on how you’ll use your pole barn. If you intend to use it as a home, you’ll enjoy a lower interest rate. If you are using it for a business, you may have to pay a slightly higher rate. Both are worth investigating for your pole barn kit.


2.     Home Equity Loans are a very good and low interest option for the purchase of a pole barn kit. A home equity loan is where the borrower uses the equity in his or her home as collateral for an additional loan. The loan amount is usually determined by the value of the collateral property. But the best thing about this type of loan is that you can get a line of credit for up to 30 years. That gives you control over when and how much you’ll pay.


3.     What has to be The Pole Barn Company’s best option for buying a pole barn kit from us is our financing option from Admiral’s Bank. We want you to help you fulfill your dream of owning one of our pole barns and using it for whatever your dreaming about! Applying for a financing with us is quick and easy. Simply click on our application link and our partner, Eric Schwartz, senior mortage loan officer with Admiral’s Bank, will provide you with tools to seek immediate approval.  http://www.admiralsbank.com/eschwartz


Owning a pole barn doesn’t have to be a dream anymore. Let The Pole Barn Company help you. If you have questions or want to speak with a  Pole Barn Company representative, call us at 844-213-0034 M-F 8am-6pm Eastern. Or, you can email us at http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/contact/ with any questions. more >


August 15, 2016

Pole Barns Make Excellent Event Venues

Do you have a beautiful landscape on your property? Why not make money from it by constructing a pole barn and charging for the use of it!

Pole barns make excellent event venues for parties and dances, weddings, family reunions and so many other occasions! In fact, barns and farms are trending as a beautiful backdrop for celebrations like weddings. And, the return on your investment from the pole barn kit that builds your venue comes early due to the affordability of the construction. Consider this…the average wedding in the U.S. today costs $28,000. If you’ve got the landscape and a little money, why not get a cut of that?

The Pole Barn Company’s wide range of styles and materials available in our kits makes the pole barn event venue design possibilities endless. Some things you’ll want to consider if you are planning to use a pole barn as an event venue are:
•  Size and capacity of your pole barn. What “maximum occupancy” do you want in your venue?
•  Bathrooms and guest quarters.
•  Spaces in the pole barn for food prep or storage.
•  An office for meetings and work in your pole barn venue.
•  Loading and unloading access into the pole barn.

Our custom design packages for building your pole barn kits allows for you to use your imagination to create any dramatic open event space you desire.  http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip=
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August 9, 2016

Got Questions? We Have Answers

The path to purchasing your pole barn kit often begins with a question.

Q: Can pole barns have other than steel exteriors?
A: Most people think of steel pole barns, but the truth is they can have many exterior finishes, including brick, plaster, and concrete.
Q: Can pole barns be used for other than animal or vehicle storage?
A: A commercial building needs an HVAC system, plumbing, electrical wiring, and dry wall or other wall materials. Pole barns are compatible with all of these features.
Q: Does a pole barn need a foundation?
A: A pole barn does not require a foundation like those used in other types of buildings. The columns will be embedded in concrete backfilled holes to support the weight of the building. Or, concrete can be poured through the main door of the pole barn. If you or your contractor needs more access to pour concrete for the floor, you can leave some of the metal wall panels off the building until after you have poured the concrete slab. Finally, a pole barn can also be constructed on top of an existing concrete slab.
Q: Does a pole barn need gutters?
A: You can make it as simple or as utilitarian as possible. If just a storage building, you probably don’t need gutters, but if you are living in your pole barn, you’ll be glad you added them. It also depends on whether or not you live in an area with much rainfall. We then recommend install a gutter system on your pole barn.
Have more questions like this? Click here and you can read all of our pole barn kit tips and answers: http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/pole-barn-tips/
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July 25, 2016

Are Permits Required for Pole Barn Construction From Kits?

The simple answer is...maybe.

July 20, 2016

How Much Does a Pole Barn Kit Cost?

 Big or Small. Short or Tall. Pole Barn Kits are a Cost Effective Way to Give You the Space You've Always Dreamed Of!

July 14, 2016

Pole Barn Kit Upgrades Are Totally Worth It

There are pole barn kit upgrades that you can easily forego, but there are those you should really consider!

There should be an amount of the money you consider spending on your new pole barn kit that includes the upgrades to improve the value of it. For example, insulation and interior lining panels—both upgrades— will significantly add to the value of your pole barn because they will add functionality and flexibility. These are upgrades that allow you to use your pole barn for whatever year-round structure you choose, like a house, studio or workplace.

The reason so many people stress about upgrades is because they didn’t plan for them. We suggest that you estimate a slice of your budget ahead of time for your upgrades and then those costs won’t feel nearly as hard hitting.  You’ll know which upgrades to focus on—those of which get you the most “bang for your buck!” And remember, not all upgrades have to be expensive. Simply adding the post rot protection upgrade, for example, guarantees your pole barn will last it’s lifetime. That’s an upgrade that will also bring you a healthy return on your investment.

Here are some options you can consider to add value to your pole barn when purchasing a pole barn kit from The Pole Barn Company:

  •  Wainscoting
  •  Condensation Barriers
  •  Insulation
  •  Continuous Ridge Vent
  •  Foam Closure Strips
  •  Translucent Eave Lights
  •  Cupola w/ Weathervane
  •  Post Rot Protection 
  •  Roof Sheathing
  •  Interior Lining Panel
  •  Engineer Stamped Plans

Take a look at the features The Pole Barn Company includes in it’s barn kits as standard, then check out our upgrades. You can get an instant online quote for all of it here: http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/quote/index.php?package=standard&zip=

Your quote not only give you an instant price, it locks it in for 30 days.

Have more questions? For more information on upgrades and pole barn kits, call The Pole Barn Company today at 844-213-0034 M-F 8am-6pm EST.

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July 8, 2016

This is a Pole Barn?

Pole barns aren't just for the animals anymore! Today, pole barns are being used as vacation cabins, art or yoga studios, man caves and so much more. But most of all, pole barns make great houses!




You may want to add a more serious layer of roofing or a heavier gage steel roof. Steel roofs have their advantages; one being that they hold up to strong winds.


Framing and flooring


·      We recommend rough cut pine for the interior framing, with some white maple or beech for the long floor joists to keep that beautiful barn look. But, once you lay a subfloor, any flooring material you desire will work just like in a traditional home.


Insulation & Ventilation


In order to insulate a pole barn with such a huge amount of interior volume you really need a high value insulation and good HVAC system.


·      Most traditional homes are insulated with pre-built insulating panels made of EPS Foam. That is a good for pole barn kits converted to homes, as well. You may also want to use insulating panels to insulate your ceiling if you live in a climate with extreme temperatures.


·      You’ll probably want to have a heating and cooling system. Try a ductless mini split system if you are keeping the rooms in your pole barn to a minimum—open concept works best. This type of HVAC system requires little installation and can be done in a single day. The amount of heating/cooling is dependent upon the size of system you buy. Mini splits are extra efficient, usually using less energy than a complete HVAC system without sacrificing performance. Contact a licensed HVAC contractor/dealer for your more information.



First, for safety reasons, always use a professionally-trained electricians when working with electricity.

Secondly, really plan out where the lights on the inside and outside walls will be going, where you’ll put the washer/dryer and other appliances, and any other media desires you’ll have before you do any electrical work.




Always use a professionally-trained plumber when plumbing your house. This is something you don’t want to screw up as most plumbing for pole barn kits converted into homes are built on slabs with plumbing put in beneath it so incorrectly installed plumbing can mean you will have to completely disassemble your pole barn to fix and reinstall properly.
Again, carefully plan out where the water lines, bathrooms, sinks, and other plumbing is going to be used before you do any work.



Anything works, really. It’s a matter of taste!


Home Insurance

A pole barn kit converted to a home is a costly investment that should be protected with home insurance. A standard homeowners insurance policy will not always cover a pole barn and its contents. For more information on insurance, read our blog here: http://www.thepolebarncompany.com/blog/does-homeowners-insurance-cover-a-pole-barn


Of course, you’ll be expected to follow codes and get all the proper permits if making your pole barn kit into a home, but pole barns can make excellent, affordable homes.


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July 4, 2016

Why The Pole Barn Company Customer Testimonials Should Be Important to You

Customer testimonials are probably your best source of information when buying pole barn kits.

May 31, 2016

How to Build a Pole Barn on an Uneven Lot

When building a pole barn, it is easiest to construct the building on a level piece of land. However, in many cases the ground slopes and there is not a level piece available that is large enough for the building.

May 25, 2016

How to Protect Your Pole Barn from Flooding

Heavy rain and flooding can occur nearly anywhere, even in places that typically have very little rainfall and are not located near a body of water. Any building is potentially at risk for flooding.

May 17, 2016

How to Install Eave Lights in Your Pole Barn for Natural Light

 If you are planning to build a pole barn that you want to use as a garage or workshop, you will need light so you can work on your vehicles or hobbies. Electric lighting for a large building can be expensive. You can design your pole barn to allow in natural light.

May 11, 2016

Using Lumber with Crowns to Build a Pole Barn

It is easier to build a pole barn if all of the wood is completely straight and in the same plane, but this is usually not possible. Lumber is rarely perfectly straight. Defects in wood can affect the way it is used to build a pole barn.

May 4, 2016

How to Prepare Your Pole Barn Site and Secure the Poles

When building a pole barn, choosing the right location and preparing it for construction can allow you to make the process easier and to have a durable building while avoiding a host of potential problems.

April 27, 2016

How to Protect Pole Barn Posts from Rot

A pole barn is a popular building choice that is more economical than many other options. One reason for this is that wood posts treated with preservatives or laminated columns are embedded in the ground to make a foundation.

April 19, 2016

How to Frame an Entry Door in a Pole Barn

When people are designing pole barns, one area that they tend to give less thought to is the entry door. Since you will be walking in and out of the door regularly, especially if you are using your pole barn as a residence or shop, you want to make sure it is designed and hung right.

April 11, 2016

The Benefits of Designing a Custom Pole Barn

If you are shopping for a pole barn, you can buy one in a standard size and design and hope it will work for your needs, or you can have a custom pole barn built to your exact specifications. There are several advantages to buying a custom pole barn, and it will not necessarily cost you more.

April 6, 2016

How to Keep Poles Vertical When Building a Pole Barn

Pole barns can be constructed with lumber, telephone poles, or even logs. Depending on the type of wood you plan to use, your poles may not be completely straight. This can be problematic if you want the walls in your pole barn to be plumb.

March 29, 2016

The Benefits of Choosing a Monitor Style Pole Barn

A monitor style pole barn has a raised center section with trusses that support the gabled center roof. Lean-to’s are attached on each side a few feet below the main roof. This allows the design to include windows or eave lights on the sides to provide lighting and ventilation, which can reduce electricity bills.

March 24, 2016

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover a Pole Barn?

A pole barn is a costly investment that should be protected with insurance. A standard homeowners insurance policy will not always cover a pole barn and its contents. Here are some tips to help you make sure you have the right coverage.

March 16, 2016

Designing a Pole Barn to Support Ceiling Loads

Pole barn building trusses are often not designed to support the dead weight of anything except the trusses, bracing, wiring, and lighting. If you are building a pole barn and want to include a ceiling, its weight needs to be taken into account. If the trusses are more than four feet apart, you will need to add framing to support the steel.

March 8, 2016

Pressure-Treated Wood and Fasteners

Chromated copper arsenate (CCA) used to be used to treat wood products to prevent rot, decay, and termites. However, concerns over its safety led to restrictions, even though scientists found no evidence of serious health problems.

February 26, 2016

How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Pole Barn

The way that pole barns are constructed can leave them vulnerable to mice. Rodents can become a problem, chewing through insulation and wiring and leaving urine and droppings. If you store animal feed in your pole barn, mice can chew through the bags, spilling and contaminating the food.

February 22, 2016

Common Pole Barn Building Code Violations

According to the Common Code Violations survey released by the International Code Council and the National Association of Homebuilders in 2013, about 45 percent of residential field inspections result in at least one jobsite code violation.

February 15, 2016

Choosing the Right Roof Pitch for Your Pole Barn

A pitched roof adds beauty to a pole barn. A roof with a low pitch looks flatter, and a roof with a higher pitch looks steeper. Some homeowner associations require that a barn have the same pitch as the primary residence.

February 8, 2016

How to Square and Set Posts for a Pole Barn

Pole barn posts are generally spaced 8, 9, 10, or 12 feet apart on center. When designing your pole barn, you need to consider post spacing when planning for wind loads, wall heights and lengths, and species of wood. When building a pole barn, it is important to make sure the posts are set to the correct depth and square.

February 1, 2016

How to Design a Pole Barn to Use as a Garage

A pole barn can be a great solution if you need extra space on your farm to shelter horses or livestock, store hay and feed, or protect vehicles and farming equipment from bad weather. If you would like to use a pole barn as a garage, you need to take some factors into account when designing your building.

January 26, 2016

The Benefits of Adding a Cupola to Your Pole Barn

Pole barns often have cupolas on the roof line. A cupola is a relatively small structure that was invented during the Renaissance that is usually placed on top of the ridge line. It consists of three parts: the base, vents (louvers), and cap. It can be several shapes, including square, hexagonal, octagonal, and bell-shaped.

January 19, 2016

The Advantages of Using a Pole Barn as a Home

Pole barns are generally used to shelter horses and livestock or to protect vehicles from the weather, but they are very versatile and can be used in other ways. Many people use pole barns as homes because they offer several advantages compared to more traditional types of houses.

January 12, 2016

Can a Pole Barn Survive an Earthquake?

Some parts of the country are prone to earthquakes, but they also sometimes occur unexpectedly in areas where they are rare. Any building needs to be constructed in a way that will help to minimize damage if an earthquake strikes.

January 4, 2016

Deflection and Vibration in a Pole Barn Floor

People who use pole barns as residences often choose to install wood floors. A wood floor can vibrate in response to foot traffic. Some people find these vibrations annoying at certain frequencies. With simple adjustments, these vibrations can be minimized to make a pole barn residence more comfortable.

December 28, 2015

Is a Single Slope Roof a Good Choice for a Pole Barn?

 A single slope roof may be the most economical choice when using a pole barn as a run-in shed for horses or cattle. In other cases, however, it can be less aesthetically pleasing than other designs and may not save you money. Steel roofing manufacturer warranties are generally void on roof slopes less than 3/12.

December 22, 2015

Pole Barn Post Spacing

When building a pole barn, it might not be possible to make the spacing between the posts completely consistent. You have a little bit of room for variation. As long as you stick to the following guidelines, your pole barn should be strong and secure.

December 16, 2015

How to Build a Pole Barn on Rocky Soil

When constructing a pole barn, it is best to build on a site that is free of rocks and other obstructions that could get in the way. However, in some cases it is necessary to build on rocky soil.

December 7, 2015

Self-Framing Windows and Pole Barns

If you want to build a pole barn, you need to choose the right windows. Cost should not be the determining factor. Self-framing windows are generally the best option. They are easy to install and can help you cut costs and avoid many common problems.

December 1, 2015

How to Keep Costs down and Build a Quality Pole Barn

A pole barn is the ideal solution if you need more space to store vehicles, farming equipment, or hay or a place to shelter your horses or livestock. People often look for ways to cut costs. There are some areas where that is possible, but sometimes it makes more sense to spend a little more for quality products so you will spend less on maintenance later.

November 23, 2015

Is the Site You Are Considering Big Enough for Your Pole Barn?

A pole barn is the ideal type of building to shelter horses and livestock, store feed or farming equipment, or even use as a house. It can provide valuable space and enhance the value and appearance of a property.

November 16, 2015

Designing a Pole Barn to Use as a Riding Arena

Pole barns can be used for many purposes, including animal barns, hay storage, and homes. Pole barns are sometimes used on farms as indoor riding arenas so that owners can practice riding horses and the animals can get exercise regardless of the weather.

November 9, 2015

Which Type of Door Is Right for Your Pole Barn?

 When planning for a pole barn, one of the most important decisions you need to make is what type of door to install. The kind you choose will depend on how the building will be used, the weather in your region, and whether you will be heating and cooling the building.

November 2, 2015

Choosing the Right Nails to Build Your Pole Barn

Choosing the right nails for your pole barn can reduce maintenance requirements and improve the appearance of the building. Barns and storage buildings use four types of nails that come in a variety of lengths...

October 28, 2015

How to Brace the Posts in Your Pole Barn

The posts in your pole barn should be braced for wind resistance to keep them from swaying. This can be done with wooden X braces, steel cables, or wall sheathing. After bracing has been installed, the posts are locked in position.

October 20, 2015

Pole Barn Foundations

If you are planning to build a pole barn, it will need some type of foundation to resist settling and uplift forces. The foundation for a pole barn typically consists of pressure-treated columns embedded into concrete back-filled holes in the ground.

October 13, 2015

How to Build a Durable Pole Barn

If you are going to build a pole barn to use on your farm, you should take the time and invest the resources to do it right. A pole barn on a farm needs to be able to stand up to weather, gravity, and animals.

October 5, 2015

Plan ahead When Designing Your Pole Barn

Building a pole barn is a significant investment that can provide you with much needed storage space or a place to relax and unwind. You want to design a building that will suit your needs, both now and in the future.

September 28, 2015

How to Install Bookshelf Girts on Your Pole Barn

Girts are pieces of timber that connect corner posts of an exterior frame above the ground floor. It is common to nail skirt boards (grade boards), girts, and truss corners to the outside perimeter of the foundation posts. This is the quickest, easiest, and least expensive method.

September 25, 2015

How to Ventilate a Pole Barn to Be Used as an Animal Shelter

If you raise livestock on your farm, you want to keep them healthy. Properly ventilating a pole barn that is used as an animal shelter can allow fresh air to circulate and keep your animals safe and comfortable, which can prolong their lives. Here are some tips to help you ventilate your pole barn animal shelter.

September 21, 2015

How to Design Your Pole Barn to Protect It from Snow Loads

If you live in a region with snowy winters and you are planning to build a pole barn, you need to consider the weight of snow when designing the building. Modifying an existing building that is not designed for snow loads can be difficult and costly.

September 8, 2015

Cutting Corners When Building a Pole Barn Can Wind up Costing You More

Building a pole barn is an investment. If constructed properly, your post frame building can last for many years and provide you with valuable storage space. However, many people try to cut corners and use cheaper materials to save some money.

September 1, 2015

How to Choose the Best Site for Your Pole Barn

After you have decided to build a pole barn, the next decision you need to make is where to put it. It is critical to choose the best location possible to make it easy to use and prevent problems.

August 26, 2015

The Benefits of Daylighting Your Pole Barn

If you are building a pole barn or already have one constructed, you might feel like something is missing. You step inside and find the interior sparsely illuminated with fluorescent lights or yellowed bulbs, a classic, Spartan-style lighting.

August 21, 2015

Which Roof Design Is Best for Your Pole Barn?

A pole barn can be customized to match your needs and preferences. One area that is important is the roof. The design you choose will depend on how you intend to use your pole barn and the amount of space you need.

August 17, 2015

Best Flooring Options for Your Pole Barn

Your pole barn is erected and ready to go, but what are you going to do about the floor? While some people prefer to leave theirs as dirt, others pour concrete or use crushed stone.

August 4, 2015

Top Tips for Organizing Your Pole Barn

Are you using your pole barn to store tools, outdoor appliances, lawn mowers, and everything else under the sun? Are you also using part of the structure as a workspace?

July 21, 2015

Pole Barn Truth or Myth: Does Lumber Grow Stronger As It Ages?

There are many urban legends and myths in the US… There is Sasquatch, unlucky black cats, and plenty of other old wives’ tales, but some legends have a kernel or two of truth in them.

July 14, 2015

The 4 Biggest Considerations for Making Your Perfect Pole Barn Plans

If you're considering having a custom pole barn or other post-frame structure built on your property, there's a lot of leg work that has to happen first. First step: getting the right plans together.

July 9, 2015

Best Materials for Insulating Your Pole Barn: The Pros & Cons

Insulating your pole barn can help save on energy costs by keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Though pole barns used to house animals may not need insulation, insulation will most likely be necessary in pole barns used for more personal reasons.

June 30, 2015

How to Save Money on a Pole Barn (Without Cutting Corners)

Everyone knows that pole barns are a great, cost-effective way to build a structure for storage, animal housing, even retail storefronts and homes. An affordable alternative to steel building or more traditional wooden stick-built buildings, pole barns cut costs without sacrificing quality.

June 22, 2015

Is Wood Actually Better than Steel in a Fire?

When planning for a new building, one of the most important considerations is what material to use for the frame. While there are many factors that go into making such a decision, one that can't be ignored is that of performance in a fire.

June 17, 2015

4 Questions and Answers for Turning your Pole Barn into a Horse Shelter

There are over 9.2 million horses in the United States, their purposes ranging from racing and showing to recreation and work. Pole barns are an affordable and sturdy option for housing horses, but they do need to be set up properly to ensure the animal's comfort and well-being.

June 9, 2015

Hay Storage: Tips and Good Ideas to Keep Hay Fresh

If you're a farmer, rancher, or even just keep grazing animals as pets or as a hobby, you know better than anyone how precious good, fresh hay is. Not to put too fine a point on it, animals need a lot of hay, and it's getting more expensive than ever.

June 5, 2015

Pole Barn Security: Keep Your Barn Safe from Intruders

 When you think of a pole barn, what do you imagine is inside of it? Farm equipment? Your collection of antique cars? Old furniture? A working wood shop? A guest house or residence? Whatever it is, chances are it's not something you'd like to see stolen or vandalized.

May 29, 2015

How to Install Running Water in Your Pole Barn

With pole barns and other post frame structures growing in popularity for an almost endless number of uses, there are no doubt just as many reasons that you might want one rigged with running water. Whether it's for a drinking trough for your horses, an emergency eyewash station for your workshop, or a wet bar for your man cave...

May 22, 2015

Pole Barns & Tornado Preparedness - Why Pole Barns are the Best Option for High Winds

First thing's first – the most important thing when it comes to tornadoes and tornado preparedness is keeping yourself and the people in your life safe. That means having and regularly practicing an emergency plan, keeping abreast of tornado watches and warnings in your area...

May 14, 2015

5 DIY Building Projects for the Farm

When it comes to farm life, the Do-It-Yourself ethos is as old as the dirt. Something about the knowledge that you and your family lives off the land disabuses one to the idea of hiring a contractor or buying off-the-shelf unless absolutely necessary.

May 5, 2015

Pole Barn Truss Spacing 101

One of the most important aspects of a new pole building, from a structural point of view, is the truss spacing on the roof. Pole barns and other post frame structures have several significant differences from traditional stick-built ones, and therefore have different building requirements.

April 28, 2015

Bright Idea: The Benefits of Installing Solar Panels on Your Pole Barn

If there's any industry in more of a boom right now that post-frame construction, it's solar panels. The promise of free electricity amid rising rates is enough to get many on the bandwagon, to say nothing about the environmental benefits.

April 23, 2015

The Unexpected Disadvantages of a Roof-Only Pole Barn

If you're looking for simplicity from your next pole barn or post frame structure, you might be tempted to try a roof-only building. Buildings like these are mostly used as hay barns or for other agricultural uses on the farm.

April 15, 2015

Pole Barn Laboratory Stokes Controversy in Lansing, MI

It's no secret that pole barns are extremely versatile structures, with applications ranging from farm storage to retail storefronts, but would you believe a pole barn could also be used as a particle accelerator research facility?

April 9, 2015

Ohio Pole Barn Kits for Storage, Garages, Homes, & More

If Ohio is anything, it’s a lot of things. From the metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Columbus, to the suburban Hudson and Montgomery, to its 75,000 farms in rural counties like Putnam and Highland, the Buckeye State is nothing if not diverse.

April 2, 2015

The Importance of Proper Ventilation for Your Pole Barn

Ventilation is a necessary feature to provide for the long life and safety of any structure, and pole barns and other post frame structures are no different. This is especially true if the pole barn lacks a proper HVAC system.

March 24, 2015

Protect Your Pole Barn from Water Damage with Proper Drainage

When you're deciding on the details of your prospective pole barn or other post frame building, you might be tempted to cut corners or go for the most basic options available. While this is a good way to save some money and time in the short term, make no mistake, it’s an even better way to lose out in the long run.

March 17, 2015

Using a Pole Barn as Your Own Private Man Cave

When it comes to pole barns, there are an infinite number of responsible, practical applications that put them to good use. Pole barns are excellent for vehicle and equipment storage, hay storage, animal housing, custom retail storefronts, and more.

March 13, 2015

Pole Barns & Post Frame Buildings: a Green Building Solution

Anyone looking to find a reliable growth industry would be wise to look for what's green. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the booming market for green, or environmentally-friendly, lead to employment growth that was 4 times faster than all other industries – that includes construction. 

March 6, 2015

How to Prevent Pole Barn Post Rot

Wooden pole barns are wonderfully versatile, durable structures that can last a lifetime when properly built and maintained. But no matter how well a barn is made it doesn't change the facts of nature...

February 26, 2015

How to Choose a Building Contractor for Your Pole Barn

One of the often-repeated benefits of pole barns is that they're so easy to build you could do it yourself, but let's face it – DIY isn't for everyone. If you're interested in having a pole barn kit built on your property, but you're less than thrilled about the prospect...

February 19, 2015

How Much Do Pole Barn Kits Cost?

Of all the advantages pole barn kits offer to consumers, one of the most consistently appealing is their economy. Simply stated, a good pole barn is the best, cheapest option for building barns, storage spaces, workshops, garages, and more.

February 12, 2015

Opening a Restaurant? Why Not Try a Pole Barn?

If you're reading this blog, chances are you're either already familiar with pole barns or curious about learning more. But whatever your level of expertise, if post frame construction conjures only images of rustic rural barns, hay lofts, and cattle shelters, you've still got a lot to learn.

February 3, 2015

The History of Pole Barns

While humans have been using ground-embedded posts or beams to build sturdy, reliable structures for almost as long as society has existed, pole barns as we currently think of them have their roots in 1930s America.

January 27, 2015

Benefits of Pole Barns vs. Stick-Built Framing

If you're looking to build a barn, shed, home, storefront, or anything else, unless you're a seasoned pro, chances are you're a little overwhelmed at all the options. The two main methods of building construction you're likely to encounter are stick-built and pole frame, or pole barn, construction.

January 10, 2015

The Advantages of Choosing a Wood Pole Barn

If you are thinking about building a pole barn on your property to create extra storage space for your vehicles, equipment, livestock, or animal feed, you have many options. 

January 7, 2015

How to Install Electricity in Your Pole Barn

If you are planning to use a pole barn as a workshop or home, you will want to wire it so that you will have electricity to run lights, tools, or other things you will need for your lights, work, or hobbies.

January 3, 2015

How to Use a Pole Barn as an Animal Shelter

 Animals need protection from the elements, especially cold winter temperatures. If you own horses or other animals, you can use a pole barn to house them at night and during days with harsh weather. 

December 26, 2014

Pole Barns for Winter Storage

We all know pole barns make excellent storage solutions. Throughout the year, residents and commercial businesses will rely on these post-frame buildings to store a wide variety of equipment, vehicles and merchandise.

December 19, 2014

How to Keep Your Pole Barn Warm This Winter

If you plan to use your pole barn to work or house animals and live in a region with cold winters, you should insulate and heat the building.

December 12, 2014

Local Mennonites Offer to Rebuild Pole Barn Destroyed by Fire

Dan and Mary Ellen Hamm didn't think things could get much worse. A week ago a fire destroyed a pole barn at their local business in Milo, NY - Hamm's Landscaping and Design - and then freezing weather and heavy snowfall delayed their ability to clear the debris and start rebuilding.

December 4, 2014

Bison Farm Pole Barn Destroyed by Fire

In another example of how hazardous fires can be to commercial buildings, a pole barn in Rosebush, MI was destroyed by a fire on Tuesday. The Pohl Bison Farm fire was reported at 8:45 pm on Tuesday night and as of 8:30 am the next day firefighters were still on the scene.

November 21, 2014

A Pole Barn Is a Green Building Solution

Green building and energy efficiency are major concerns for many people who want to construct buildings on their property. Whether you intend to use it for storage, a home, or a store, a pole barn can help you conserve natural resources and contribute to low energy costs.

November 14, 2014

Fire Destroys Pole Barn in Pennsylvania

We like to promote the many benefits of a pole barn building, but if you are constructing yours out of wood you need to be aware of the risk posed by fire.

November 7, 2014

Using Pole Barns for Emergencies

No matter where you live, there are natural disasters and climate hazards that can cause significant damage to your home. Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados are just a few of the major disruptions people across the country have to be prepared for...

October 31, 2014

Pole Barn Builder Charged with Deceptive Business Practices

In York, PA a well-known pole barn building company is facing charges for failing to deliver materials customers had already made down payments for.

October 24, 2014

Pole Barn Owners Trying to Avoid Higher Taxes

In Shelbyville, IL a recent increase in the number of accessory building permits has drawn the attention of the zoning commission.

October 17, 2014

How to Insulate a Pole Barn

Winter is coming, and it will most likely bring with it freezing temperatures and snow in most parts of the country. If you use a pole barn for storing vehicles or tools, working, or housing animals or livestock, it is important to insulate the building to protect its contents this winter.

October 9, 2014

Pole Barns vs. Portable Garages

When it comes to storage solutions for vehicles, equipment and materials you have several options. Two of which are pole barns and portable garage buildings.

October 2, 2014

Fall Storage

As autumn rolls across the country it is time to start thinking about storage options for summer gear. Pools, vehicles and camping can take up a lot of space.

September 26, 2014

Pole Barns for Schools & Recreation

As the new school year starts it reminds coaches everywhere that they never have enough storage space for equipment and pads. Sports like football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse all have a lot of products necessary...

September 19, 2014

Choosing the Right Style and Features for Your Pole Barn

If you are considering building a pole barn on your property, the style you choose is important. The purpose of the pole barn, as well as your aesthetic preferences, will determine the type of building and the optional features you choose.

September 5, 2014

Keeping Pole Barns Clean

Chances are you built a pole barn to help clean up some of the clutter that was taking up all the space in your garage or warehouse. However, as you continued to pile materials, equipment and vehicles in your pole barn you probably noticed that this created quite a mess.

August 29, 2014

Keeping Animals Out of Your Pole Barn

Depending on where you live and where your pole barn is placed, you may have created an attractive place for animals to seek shelter. As the weather starts to get cooler, smaller critters such as squirrels, raccoons and...

August 22, 2014

Protecting your Pole Barn from Fires

If you have ever searched Google for news about pole barns most of the stories you find have to do with fires. These wood structures are obviously susceptible to fires and if you are not careful with the materials you keep in a pole barn you could be looking at a major loss if a fire occurs.

August 15, 2014

Should I Install Gutters on My Pole Barn?

These days, pole barns are being accessorized with more items than you can imagine. From creating a pole barn to be a live-in residence to adding electric garage door openers and heating and air conditioning units, the evolution of the pole barn continues.

August 8, 2014

Preparing Pole Barns for Autumn

If you own a pole barn in a state where the weather will be changing after Labor Day, there are some tips you should be aware of to prepare for the colder autumn months.

August 1, 2014

How to Install a Window in a Pole Barn

One of the most important parts of constructing a pole barn is installing windows for lighting and ventilation. Here are instructions on the best way to install your windows.

July 25, 2014

Is your Land Right for Building a Pole Barn?

You may have it dead set in your mind to build a pole barn on your property but if the land isn't right, you may need to reconsider. Any contractor will tell you that building on land that is sloping, prone to flooding...

July 18, 2014

Getting a Permit to Build Your Pole Barn

Before you build your pole barn, you will likely need to secure permits from your local or county government. Allow time to complete this process when planning the time frame for construction of your pole barn.

July 11, 2014

The Benefits of a Pole Barn Store Front

The main concern of any business is the overhead. Pole barns provide an inexpensive alternative to the traditional store front at a time when current market trends and economic...

July 4, 2014

Storing Vehicles in a Pole Barn

If you are constructing a pole barn from a pole barn kit and plan to use the building to store vehicles, there are some tips you should consider. Many people, both for residential...

June 27, 2014

Pole Barn Storage Tips

 If the purpose of your pole barn is to provide storage space for commercial equipment, farm supplies or vehicles, you will need to design it properly to be effective.

June 20, 2014

Can you Trust your Contractor?

At The Pole Barn Company we can sell you the highest quality pole barn kits but we can't install it for you. If you aren't a skilled builder...

June 13, 2014

Ventilating Pole Barns

As we head into the dog days of summer, it's very important to keep your pole barns ventilated. Whether you are using a pole barn to store vehicles, equipment, livestock or produce, having a well ventilated room is essential in avoiding heat related damage.

June 6, 2014

Preparing Pole Barns for Heavy Rain

As summer approaches, depending on where you live, you may be looking at severe and sustained rain storms. Many parts of the country will experience terrific rain squalls during June and July.

May 28, 2014

Comparing Pole Barn Prices

Before you buy a pole barn kit, it is wise to check around for different prices. Not all pole barn kits are the same and not all are made of the same materials.

May 21, 2014

Tips for Using Pole Barns for Business

If you have plans to use your pole barn for your business, as in a storefront from which to sell fruit and vegetables from your farm, be forewarned. You can't just erect a pole barn and start selling goods.

May 14, 2014

Keeping Animals Safe

If you work on a farm or tend to livestock, summer can be a difficult season. Most animals are pretty hearty and even cold winters don't pose much of a problem for horses, cattle and sheep. 

May 7, 2014

Prepping Pole Barns for Summer

As summer approaches, you need to start thinking about preparing your pole barn for the heat. Depending on where you live, you may encounter days where the temperature can near 100 degrees Fahrenheit and a high percentage of humidity.

April 30, 2014

Why Are Pole Barns so Popular?

If you've been paying any attention to the landscape lately you have noticed a proliferation of pole barn buildings going up everywhere.

April 23, 2014

Using Pole Barns as Workshops

People are finding many uses for pole barns. What use to be a simple storage shed has now become an extremely versatile structure that can be used as a storefront, a residence and a hobby or workshop.

April 16, 2014

Protecting Pole Barns from Severe Storms

Depending on where you live, your pole barn can at risk for a number of natural hazards. Nor'easters, hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards are just a few weather conditions that could end up taking a heavy toll on a pole barn.

April 9, 2014

Can I Install an Air Conditioner in My Pole Barn?

As pole barns become more versatile in it use, the custom features available also expand. Now that people are using pole barns for offices, storefronts and even housing, it is important to make these post frame buildings as comfortable as possible.

April 2, 2014

Choosing Pole Barn Colors

 After you have selected the pole barn kit you want, whether it's metal or wood, you then have the option to customize your post frame building by color.

March 28, 2014

Common Pole Barn Mistakes

While building a pole barn or post-frame structure is generally considered to be a relatively easy project, it doesn't mean it can't be frustrating. If this is your first time building a pole barn there will definitely be a learning curve.

March 21, 2014

Pole Barns & Insurance

Building a pole barn building requires more than just a kit and the right tools. To do the job properly and safely, you need to consider insurance policies that will protect you, additional workers you hire and your materials.

March 14, 2014

Pole Barn Summer Applications

We all know how useful a pole barn can be in the winter. Being able to store vehicles, materials and equipment in a safely enclosed structure protects our things from snow, ice and wind.

March 7, 2014

Preventative Maintenance

Because pole barn buildings are known for being durable many owners tend to neglect regular maintenance. Like any building, a post-frame barn from a pole barn kit will need to be tended to in order to prevent collapsing and accidents.

February 28, 2014

Using Pole Barns as Storefronts

Pole barns are great for creating inexpensive extra storage space, but that isn't the only thing they can be used for. Looking to open up a new business but don't have the capitol to rent expensive office space?

February 20, 2014

Pole Barns vs. Traditional Barns

When people are in need of extra storage space, they often build a barn. In the past the only option was to build a traditional barn, which can take a long time and be very expensive. Now there is another option out there that is affordable, reliable, and made from high quality materials.

February 13, 2014

Pole Barns as Residences

The versatility of the pole barn building has long been known but recently there has been an even greater push to make the post-frame buildings homes.

February 6, 2014

Caring for Metal Siding

When people choose metal for the siding of their post-frame building, they are choosing a sturdy and durable material. However, metal siding can still be damaged, sometimes quite easily, and if you want your pole barn building to look its best....

January 28, 2014

Uses for a Pole Barn Building

If you've been thinking about buying a pole barn kit to build your own post-frame building, you are not alone. Pole barn construction has taken off in the past few years and as more people look for affordable storage solutions, the benefits of a pole barn make the decision easy.

January 21, 2014

Reinforcing a Pole Barn Roof for Winter

Excessive snow loads on a roof can occur as a result of blowing and drifting. Blowing snow can lead to differential loading, with a large amount of snow on one part of the roof and little or no snow in another area. Snow drifts can increase the weight load on one section of a roof significantly beyond what it would be if the snow were evenly distributed.

January 14, 2014

Tips for Winterizing a Pole Barn

No matter where you live in the U.S. the recent Polar Vortex has probably exposed you to freezing temperatures you weren't expecting. Even in cold states including Minnesota and Michigan, towns are seeing temperatures drop to 20 below zero in some parts...

January 7, 2014

Tips for Choosing a Pole Barn Kit

Pole barn kits make a great investment. They help add storage and value to your property for a low cost. When deciding on which pole barn kit is right for you, there are a few things you should consider.

December 26, 2013

Customizing Pole Barns

 Many people choose pole barns for storage buildings. Affordable and simple, these post-frame buildings are ideal for storing equipment, vehicles, supplies and other materials.

December 19, 2013

Benefits of a Metal Pole Barn

 In the past, people would purchase wooden pole barns when they needed extra storage because of the low cost. Today many people are choosing metal over wood.

December 12, 2013

Benefits of a Wood Pole Barn

 Are you in need of some extra storage space? If you are looking for an inexpensive solution, wooden pole barns are a great option.

September 3, 2013

Revisiting Post Frame Construction

In this era of eco-friendliness and economic thriftiness, it is no wonder that post-frame building and its primary
material—wood—are back in favor in construction, including in the light-commercial market.

June 5, 2013

10 Tips to Hiring the Right Contractor for Your Pole Barn

Hiring a contractor to build your pole barn package can be more stressful than designing the package itself.  By taking ten simple steps, you can be assured that you have the right contractor to make you pole barn package a reality. 

May 6, 2013

Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Own Pole Barn

There are many options for pole barn packages on the market today, but you may be asking yourself the question, "Can I really build this myself?"  The answer to this question is a resounding, "YES!"  With our easy to read directions and blueprints, your new pole barn can soon become a reality and a great moment of pride knowing you did it yourself. 

May 1, 2013

VIDEO - How to Construct a Pole Barn

Watch this informative video on the construction of a pole barn.  Please note, some of the products shown in the video are different than the products we provide.  Pole barns are simple to erect and this video is a great example.

April 24, 2013


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April 18, 2013

Natural Ventilation for Horse Barns

An informative article on natural ventilation methods for today's horse barns.  Read some current recommendations to keep horses and customers happy.

April 16, 2013

Galvanized vs Galvalume - What's the Best Metal for Siding & Roofing?

In all of the decisions made when selecting options for your pole barn kit, one can easily overlook the most important choice.  Choosing the type of metal for your siding and roofing should be the first thing to consider when building a pole building or garage.

April 1, 2013

How a Cupola Can Give You Peace of Mind & Save You Money in Your Barn Investment

 One of the most damaging elements to a pole barn or garage is warm, humid, stagnant air.  This moist air contributes to the growth of mold and mildew.  Cupolas aid the ventilation inside your pole barn structure.

March 18, 2013

Is Building with Wood Harmful to Our Environment - Take A Quiz & Find Out?

Is building with wood products versus steel harmful to our environment?  Take a short quiz and get the facts!

March 13, 2013

How to Obtain a Building Permit & Why it is Needed?

Building permits function in a number of beneficial ways. A building permit for a new storage unit will ensure that all local building ordinances are kept to the standard deemed necessary to local residents & governing officials. These standards involve not only safety issues, but aesthetics as well.

March 4, 2013

Snow Load - What is it exactly?

 Correctly determining the snow load is an important factor in the stability and longevity of your pole barn.

February 26, 2013

The Pros & Cons of a Pole Barn

 What are the advantages of building a Pole Barn versus other construction methods?

February 15, 2013

Great Garages

 Post Framing is an excellent choice when building a long-lasting garage structure.

February 7, 2013

Post Protectors - The Answer to Post Rot

 The benefits of using Post Protectors on your Post Frame Building

February 7, 2013

Laminated Posts - What Sets Them Apart From A Standard Post?

Laminated posts provide a straighter and stronger structure in your pole barn package.

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