Pole Buildings Offer the Best Value Per Square Foot of Any Framing Method!
Whether it’s a garage for cars or trucks, a secure storage structure for boats, snowmobile or gardening tools, a handy home workshop, a comfortable vacation cottage, even an attractive year-round home, pole buildings (post-frame) construction is our preferred method of framing the building. Pole Building Supplies offers materials for a wide selection of professionally-designed buildings to meet your specific needs and budget. Below is a short explanation of post frame to educate you or refresh your memory.
With a pole building, you can make anything you imagine a reality. Pole buildings offer a good dollar value and quality along with ease of installation. Pole buildings have more lumber than traditional frame but it takes less labor to construct the building shell. Basic models of pole buildings meet most Building Codes without upgrades or additional costs. This is a good framing method if you’ll be finishing the interior or want additional features such as a Lean-to, Porch or Horse Stalls. There are countless applications for pole buildings and the possibilities are endless!
Our pole building materials are designed to be of the highest quality to last over the years. The standard for our pole buildings include setting the posts 8’ on center (o.c.) and trusses 4′ o.c., however, we can customize the plans depending on your needs. Post frame is our preferred method of construction and it is also recommended for “Do it yourself” customers.
In a Pole Building, the foundation of the structure is the biggest difference versus traditional stick-built/stud-frame. Stick built buildings have a continuous concrete footing/foundation. In many applications, this is not important and drives the cost by 20-30%. The standard depth of the poles is 3 1/2’. In short, the foundation of a pole building is the poles (posts) whereas in stick-built buildings the foundation is a concrete slab which is poured before the building. In a pole building, a concrete slab can be poured after the building shell is constructed to make a floor.
Once the building shell is finished, a pole building can be stud-framed and insulated on the inside like any other building.
A Few More Things…
- Roof trusses are set 4’ o.c. on standard buildings. They are clear-span, which means that they span the width of the building. This allows for large open spaces and flexibility for laying out rooms because there are no load-bearing walls. The possibilities are endless when designing floor plans and can be more creative to fit your needs.
- Two-story pole buildings can be built but when you get into widths longer than 30’, supporting poles in the first level will be needed to support the floor.
- Want a basement? Then stick-built will be the way to go.
- If you are planning to build a structure which will ultimately be used as living quarters or a home, you will need to check with your local municipality for codes in regards to the “frost-line.” Some municipalities require a continuous concrete footing on dwellings because the floor won’t be subject to frost heave which could crack sheetrock finishes and damage plumbing lines that pass through the floor. It’s also easier to properly heat and cool.
- Footings are used to support the building and prevent it from settling. In colder climates, it’s important that the footing extends below the “frost line” so that the building isn’t subject to frost heave. Footings need to bear on undisturbed soil, which is important to consider if your building pad is located on a sloping grade. With Post Frame, longer columns (poles) can be furnished where required to achieve a proper footing depth.
- There are ways to address these issues with pole buildings which are very cost-effective but with homes, it is something that needs to be addressed on a “case-by-case” basis.
To summarize, one can cite and make very convincing cases for one method over the other but we land in a place that works for most and that is post-frame. Overall, there is more upside to a pole building for MOST applications.