Pole barns are versatile and affordable when compared to other types of barns. It’s no wonder that they’re such a popular option for housing livestock, horses, grain, and many other goods.
There are many things that drive the interest in these barns:
- You can set up a pole barn quite easily as the structure consists of just a simple frame of long poles and a roof.
- It is also more affordable to construct than other types of barns. In a conventional framed barn, a solid foundation and a series of walls are necessary to support the structure’s weight. A pole barn is different as the building’s weight rests of the poles. So you can build a large structure with just the bare earth for a floor – without an elaborate foundation or load bearing walls. Of course, you can also have a concrete floor if you want to.
- The poles or posts are embedded at a depth of about 4 feet in the earth or concrete. The ground can shift easily around the poles and cold or thaw cycles wouldn’t affect your barn at all.
- As you can have a large interior or double or triple sections, you can easily accommodate your animals and still have storage space left for heavy machinery, equipment, tractor, and other large objects. Modern pole barns are even used as a venue for picnics and other outdoor events.
- Certified steel pole barns can withstand for heavy snow loads and wind speeds of 110mph, 130mph or 150mph.
Steel pole barns come with many customization options. You can have an open air structure or an enclosed one. Triple section barns can even have a drive-thru center bay. With a wide range of choices for roof styles and eaves, windows, doors, and several color options for side panels and trim, your pole barn can be as versatile as you want it to be.
When you require a cost-effective coverage for things like boat trailers, lawn tractors, farm machinery, and horses and livestock, a pole barn is the ideal solution.
Pole barns are amongst the simplest buildings to construct. They don’t have floors. Several holes are dug around the foundation and concrete footings are poured into these holes. Tall, decay resistant poles are embedded in the concrete. Horizontal beams are fixed and connected along the top and bottom of the poles to support the barn’s walls and roof frames. The floor of the barn is the ground which is specially prepared and strengthened with layers of processed stone, gravel or wood chips. This keeps it from wearing away or turning muddy. In fact, pole barns are a more affordable option than other types of metal barns as they involve less foundation work.
Options available include single, double and triple section storage barns. Make sure you know exactly what purpose you expect your barn to serve before you make your selection. This is help you determine the barn’s height, width, area and so on. Roof styles include gable, shed, hip, and gambrel. A gable roof with a steep slope is ideal if you live in an area with heavy snowfall. Moreover, ventilation is the easiest to manage with a gable roof. Remember to ensure proper airflow if you are housing horses or livestock. Coming to doors, you can opt for sliding doors, roll up doors or overhead doors with automatic openers.
It’s best to rely on professional support when setting up your pole barn. Your vendor can provide you with a customized solution.
The story of the pole barn goes back many centuries. Poles were used to erect sheds or temporary structures along shorelines and in areas prone to water logging. It was easy to sink poles into the ground and connect them with lumber. Pole barns were preferred to traditional barns as they were equally strong and durable but used less lumber. Interest waned because of the short life span of the wooden poles which made them unacceptable except in very dry areas or when the wood used was rot-resistant.
Durable Metal Pole Barns
Well, all this has changed with the arrival of versatile and affordable metal pole barns. Carport manufacturers now offer pole barns made of heavy-duty frames, roof and side panels that both durable and attractive. If you need some extra cover on your property, there are many reasons why a metal pole barn is the ideal solution.
- It can be used as horse barn, storage area, garage, workshed, event venue, or recreation space
- A steel pole barn is strong and weather-resistant. It can resist severe winds and is ideal in areas threatened by hurricanes and high tides
- It is fireproof and involves less maintenance than conventional barns
- It allows good ventilation and airflow and minimizes problems of dust, humidity, and other irritants
- A pole building can be as large as you want it to be without much foundation material or interior support. Single, double and triple section pole barns are available
- Certified pole barns, built to meet building codes, zoning ordinances, local environmental regulations, offer solid protection for livestock and expensive equipment
Customize Your Pole Barn
An established distributor like Carport Empire can provide an open-air or fully enclosed metal pole barn or one that is a combination of these. You can choose from various side wall heights, roof styles and trims, and door types. The right kind of professional support can help you tailor a versatile and affordable pole barn to suit your needs.
A Steel Barn Has Uses Beyond Farming
When you think of a steel barn, most likely, you think of a farm. Barns are heavily associated to farms but a barn can be used for other things. Simply, a barn is more space on your property. Single, double, and triple-sized products are available; that is a lot of space to implement onto your property. What could you do with your steel barn?
Farmers use a steel barn to house livestock and machinery, but one can use the durably-framed product to store other things. Does your house have a garage? If not, you can use the steel barn to protect your vehicle from outside elements. Do you have more than one vehicle? Purchase a double or triple-sized steel barn to fit your needs. You pay a lot to own your vehicle; doesn’t it make sense to protect your investment?
A Workshop or Office
In addition to storing vehicles, some use a garage as a mini workshop or office. Painters, business people, metal workers and more can benefit from having space on their own property to attend to their work. Depending on the size of your house and family, you may not have the desired room in your home to focus on work. Or, it may not be safe or desirable to do work in the house due to such things as fumes or excessive noise. A steel barn is the perfect place to do just about any kind of work.
Children love to play, but sometimes don’t have enough space in the home or they can cause a distraction to others. A steel barn can serve as a playhouse for children. Toy chests, tables for tea parties, and even basketball nets can be established in a steel barn. A double or triple-sized barn ensures that children will have enough space to play. Building a steel barn on your property gives you the peace of mind of knowing children are safe on your property.