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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.



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