A lean-to is one of the most popular pole building accessories, and it’s no wonder why: incorporating a lean-to into your new pole barn design means both extra space and extra visual appeal.
Lean-tos are an extension from the pole building with a sloped roof that “leans” on the pole building. While it may seem fairly simple, there are still some questions you’ll need to explore if you’re hoping to add a lean-to.
One consideration to keep in mind is roofline. You can either select a continuous roofline or a drop down; we’ll explore exactly what that means below.
Continuous Roofline on Lean-Tos
A continuous roofline is precisely what it sounds like: there’s no disruption between the roof of the main pole building and the lean-to.
This creates a sense of unity and flow in the look of the building since the roof of the lean-to is only slightly disrupted from the roof of the pole building itself.
Drop Down Roofline on Lean-Tos
If you’d prefer a sense of separation between your pole building and lean-to, a drop down roofline creates just that.
Rather than flowing gradually onto the lean-to, a drop down roofline quite literally “drops down” between the building and the lean-to. Exterior metal is added to the space between the two rooflines, creating a unique aesthetic.
Choosing The Right Lean-To Roofline
A lean-to is an easy choice for anyone who wants to add extra functional space to their building, but you might have a harder time choosing which roofline style is right for you.
Fortunately, this is purely a design decision—there’s no practical benefit to choosing one or the other, it simply comes down to what you think looks better.
For some extra inspiration, browse our Idea Gallery. You’ll find plenty of examples of both continuous and drop down rooflines on lean-tos so you’ll have a clearer idea of which style is your favorite. When you’re ready to enlist the help of an experienced team to design your pole building, contact us to get started!