Drive down any scenic rural highway and chances are you will see a pole barn located on a farm. These versatile buildings are used all over the world to store hay, cover equipment, and provide shelter for animals. Pole barns are also called post-frame buildings. The term pole barns was originally used because builders and farmers used poles which looked like telephone poles as the support for the roof of the building. Today, most pole barns are built using square pillars instead of round poles because the pillars are easier to work with. These square columns or pillars are often laminated, producing much stronger support for the pole barn roof.
The original pole barns were not as well-engineered as the buildings of today. They may have been built without a plan, perhaps with just a rough idea of design and dimensions. Whatever the purpose, the pole barn or post frame building serves a variety of purposes, especially on a farm. To build one of these buildings, it is a good idea to follow certain steps.
Know the codes. No matter what type of building you may be putting up, you should do your research and be well-informed on all local, state, and federal building codes. It is a good idea to get this information before you start building.
Get it engineered. Even if you are putting up a simple building, you should ensure you have a plan drawn up with the right engineering specifications. The last thing you want is to get the columns or poles in place and then realize they are not adequate for the job. The poles or columns also need to be properly connected to the roof trusses and firmly and securely attached to the foundation of the building or embedded in the ground. If the building is not engineered correctly, the quality of your materials will not matter.
Know your site and the weather. Before you start building, analyze your site to determine if there will be any issues with the building. Also, analyze the weather and consider such things as snow loads and winds as you determine the right materials for your building.
Design and consistency. If you are building near an existing structure, you may want to ensure the design of the new pole barn fits in with the current structures. You may want to paint them the same color or enhance the new building with some of the same trim from the existing structure.
Design in good ventilation. No matter what you are planning to use the pole barn for, be sure and allow for good ventilation. If the building is being used to store hay or for horses, you want it to remain good and dry and allow odors to be removed and replaced with fresh air.
Building purpose. Whether you will be storing crops, covering equipment or housing horses, the purpose of the building must be considered as the building is designed. Know the purpose so that when you talk with the architect, they can help you design the right building for your needs
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