If you need covered storage space, but are not inclined to incur the expense of a conventional barn or garage, you may find a pole barn is exactly what you need. It doesn't matter whether you're a farmer who needs space for livestock or covered storage for equipment or just an average homeowner who wants a place to put stuff out of the elements; a pole barn is a cost effective alternative. Here are some tips and suggestions for building a pole barn.
- Simple Foundation
The first decision that needs to be made when preparing to build a pole barn is what type of foundation you need. For conventional pole barns, a concrete slab is not necessary. The poles themselves are buried, usually set in concrete-filled holes that establish a firm framework.
Pole barns that are to be used primarily for livestock only need a dirt floor. There are materials like small-stone gravel, or rubber aggregates, which will provide a better surface for heavy equipment. Installing a concrete floor in a pole barn is not necessary for adequate structural support, plus it dramatically reduces the construction cost vs. conventional barn construction.
- Wider Column Spacing
When you use the standard pole barn structural design, without a concrete slab foundation, you allow yourself some flexibility in how far apart you place your columns. The overall dimensions will need to be taken into consideration before deciding on your column spacing.
If you are electing to build your pole barn yourself, you should at least consult with an expert contractor to make sure you are establishing a base that will be sufficient to support the weight of the roof. Typically, pole barn columns can be spaced between 6 and 12 feet apart, which means you will need up to 4 times fewer vertical posts than a conventional barn.
The wider you are able to safely space your columns, the less material you will need, which will reduce the cost of your pole barn. Again, the final decision for column spacing should be determined by an industry professional knowledgeable in pole barn construction.
- Upgrade Flexibility
Basic pole barns are an excellent place to begin when your primary objective is to gain some covered space. Another advantage of starting with a pole barn is you can make simple changes as your needs change. Pole barns are simple to enclose and a variety of materials can be used for walls. If you find in time that you want to insulate your pole barn for heating purposes, the cost benefits apply to these types of upgrades as well.
Adding covered space to keep things out of the weather elements can be a complicated project if you decide to build a fixed structure. However, a pole barn can be the answer to increasing your storage space, no matter what you're trying to protect. There are building contractors who specialize in pole barn construction and they can offer you expert advice to meet your needs. Contact a company like Platinum Renovations to learn more.