Post Frame Construction is Easier, Stronger, Faster, and Cheaper!
What more could you ask for? Pole buildings are constructed using the best method of construction, hands down.
Foundation costs usually exceed 15% of the total cost of construction for typical single-story construction. Pole buildings use posts as the framing member. The strength of posts buried 3 feet deep provide excellent lateral and vertical bearing strength.
Rather than pouring huge amounts of concrete accompanied by a large excavation project, the foundation for pole buildings are the holes that are drilled using a power auger, with posts on footers, and dirt or concrete backfill.
Properly engineered pole buildings often include wider truss spacing when compared to stick built structures. With proper truss design, bracing, and connection details, trusses can span 4′ and further and support heavy snow loads and high wind gust conditions.
The cost savings for open span buildings is significant.
For areas that are not flat, a conventional foundation would require earth moving and grading to level the site. Pole buildings may require less site preparation than other forms of construction.
Rather than waste a prime location for your new building because of excavation issues, instead build a pole building in a less desirable area since site contours are in some cases acceptable for post-frame construction.
Posts and a header system support the weight of the building while 2×4 girts on 24” centers provide a framework to which plywood or painted steel can be attached.
Post frame buildings have fewer thermal breaks than conventional construction. Pole buildings with posts on 8′ or greater centers can be insulated better than a stick frame building with studs 16″ on center.
A properly designed and constructed pole building can handle weather that would destroy conventional structures. A post embedded in the earth transmits lateral forces (wind loading) on the walls directly into the ground.
Structures supported by poles do not tend to collapse during a fire like the conventional wood framing on foundations do.
Post frame construction is ideal for dozens of building types including:
- Utility buildings
- RV Shelter
- Strip Malls
- Retail Stores
- Aircraft Hangars
- Office Buildings
The Possibilities are Endless!
Rather than us tell you what you should use your pole building for, we thought it would be more impactful if you saw what other people would use their pole building for.
We recently asked folks at a local event this simple question. What would you do with a pole building if you had one? Below are the unedited responses which will give you an idea of the versatility of pole buildings:
- To just chill
- Farm equipment
- My husband
- Utility Shed
- Man cave
- Barn for horses on the ten acres we just purchased
- Farming supplies
- A carpentry shop for my husband
- To store all tools and projects and lawn mower
- To store all my husband’s tools and projects
- Storing my RV
- Farm Animals and storage
- To put our camper, boat, trailer, and a car in
- Antique car
- Store my motorcycle
- Horse Barn and Hay storage
- Raising rabbits…2 dog kennels…and more
- Workshop for my husband to build all my DIY projects. And store his grill and tools
- Workshop to build all my DIY projects. And store my grill and tools
- I would use it as a work area and lounge
- Build my mother’s house high enough that another superstorm will not destroy it
- Horse barn
- Indoor batting cage
- My motorcycle and tractor
- Storing son’s racecar
- I would use it for my fiancée to do his auto repair work!
- Race car shop
- Equestrian/Farm animal housing
- Storage of hay/straw and machinery
- I’d love a new pole building for a home gym….and a place to store the motorcycle. I’m trying to get my fiancée to buy one.
- My husband’s man cave he has wanted for 20 years.
- Store A LOT of stuff! 🙂
- Storing a camper and the motorcycles
- Hold our tractors
- Husbands junk
- I would utilize it as a large shed and home gym 🙂
- Storage/rec room for practicing sports with kids
- Large garage for my dad…he has a lot of old cars that he could put in there to keep safe!
- Woodshop and lawn equipment storage.
- I would move my photography business from the 1 small room in my house into the pole barn for a larger more comfortable setting! It’s very hard to bring clients to a small room when it’s a family of 4 or larger.
- Boats and hunting things
- Indoor equine riding arena
- Agriculture use
- For my stuff
- Storage for my old cars
- Put everything in it. I want a 30×40 with a little bar an room for the cars, love your pole buildings!
- Garage, Man Cave, Workshop
- Storage for kids toys
- Lawn and garden storage, ATV, classic car
- Lawn equipment and tool storage for my business
- I would park my car in it!
- Garage with a living suite
- Indoor playground for my daycare
- A workshop for my husband
- For extra storage, patio furniture, and lawn equipment.
- Store all my extra STUFF in
- Horses or possibly an awesome craft space (a friend of mine did it and it’s amazing!!!)
- We have a beautiful one you built. We use for tractors and a hunting shack.
- Put my stuff in it!
- I would put all my crap in it!
- Doghouse for the husband
- Hide my new Tardis in it!!!
Do any of these give you any ideas? Maybe it’s time for you to finally get that pole building that you’ve wanted for a long time!