Pole Building FAQs
We've been asked a lot of questions about pole buildings over the years. For your convenience, we've compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below. Still have questions? Check out our Learning Center or give us a ring!
Frequently asked pole building questions
A pole building is a wood-framed structure that features large posts buried four to six feet in the ground. These posts (or poles) create vertical structural supports that are reinforced with horizontal girts.
Farmers used recycled telephone poles during the Great Depression to build their barns and storage buildings, hence the name “pole barn.”
Pole buildings can be used for almost any purpose. Common uses include garage and storage buildings, workshops, horse barns, and farm buildings. Pole barn homes, or barndomiums, are also gaining popularity.
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. Because our pole buildings are so adaptable and customizable, there is no standard price to quote. Pole buildings can cost as little as $20,000 or as much as $135,000 (or more). On average, however, most pole buildings fall in the $35,000 to $70,000 range.
Pole buildings are very efficient in terms of construction; however, build timelines are affected by a variety of factors.
One of the biggest advantages to pole buildings is their customizability. There are numerous accessories, such as lean-tos, hay doors, insulation, flying gables, overhangs, lofts, and cupolas, that can add to the design and function of your pole barn.
As for the cost of pole building accessories, the price varies from accessory to accessory (typically charged per square foot or linear foot).
One of the biggest advantages of pole buildings is their adaptability. This means that there is no real standard size for a pole building, but there are some common sizes for various applications.
Most pole buildings range anywhere from 10’ x 20’ to 90’ x 200’, but there are different norms within that range that vary depending on use.
YES! If you already have a pole building that you love but find yourself needing some extra space, then an addition is a great way to maximize the value you get from your garage, workshop, horse barn, backyard shed, or pole barn home.
We use sustainably-sourced Douglas and Hem fir lumber from multiple suppliers. We also source American-made 29-gauge PBR panel metal finished with the Weather XL Paint System from Valspar, which comes with a 40-year limited warranty.
Yes! While our professional pole building designers and drafters will help you draw up preliminary and engineered plans, their job is to help your vision become a reality. If you’d like to find inspiration or create a virtual pole building design, check out our Idea Gallery or our Virtual Designer.
Yes! Pole barn homes are gaining popularity thanks to the affordable versatility of pole buildings and the shift to modern open floor plans.
There is a wide range of answers when it comes to the longevity of pole buildings, but 40 to 60 years is the most commonly-cited time frame. While a pole building might last somewhere in this range, high-quality pole buildings could stay in working order for upwards of 100 years with proper maintenance.
In the nearly two decades we’ve been building pole barns, we’ve done it all. Check out our past projects and discover your pole building style!
In general, pole buildings require less maintenance than your house and don’t need much in terms of general or long-term upkeep. The simplicity of pole barn builds means it’s easy to keep your building in great condition. There are, however, a few maintenance items you should keep up on to extend the life of your pole building.
YES! We are proud of our commitments to quality and to our customers. To help minimize any concerns you may have, we offer a 10-year contractor warranty on all of our buildings – something that is entirely unheard of in the industry.