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How to Prevent Frost Heave When Building a Pole Barn


The way that a pole barn is constructed will vary somewhat depending on the region where it is built. In cold areas, freezing of the soil in the winter needs to be taken into account. Frost heave is a process that occurs when moisture in the soil freezes and expands. This pushes the ground and anything buried in it, such as posts, up. Then the ground thaws and the building settles back down, but not necessarily in the same position it was in before. This phenomenon can occur in virtually any type of soil.

A pole barn foundation is made by digging a series of holes around the perimeter of the building. Then concrete footings are placed in the bottoms of the holes and poles are inserted. Horizontal beams are attached to the poles to hold the building together and support the walls.

How to Prevent Frost Heave


You can prevent frost heave by digging the post holes deeper than the depth that the ground freezes. This point is called the frost line. The depth of the frost line varies by location and climate. You can find out the depth of the frost line in your area by checking with your local building department.

When building your pole barn, it is essential that you consider the climate in your region. If your area gets cold in the winter and the ground freezes, you must take this into account in your designing and building process. Frost heave can cause major structural damage to your pole barn. Burying the posts for your building below the frost line can prevent frost heave that could lift the building and cause it to sink back down.

A pole barn does not need a finished floor. Many people use the ground as a floor. If you decide not to pour a concrete floor in your pole barn, you can prevent the ground from becoming muddy by covering it with stone, gravel, or wood chips.

Choosing the Right Pole Barn Plans


The Pole Barn Company can help you choose the right pole barn plans for your project. Whether you want to shelter horses, farming equipment, or cars, we can design a pole barn with the right dimensions and features for your needs. Contact us today to get started on designing the perfect pole barn.

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