What is the pole barn’s life expectancy?
Potential customers ask this question all the time. The honest answer is that the pole barn life expectancy is determined by the quality of the materials and planning at the time of construction. I know that sounds like an incomplete answer, but it’s completely true. A well-built pole barn will stand for 40-60 years against heavy snows and high winds. So pole barn life expectancy is usually two or three generations.
A brief history of pole barn construction.
Post-beam construction was favored in America’s early years because of the availability of cheap, raw materials. Pole barn foundations are made from wood poles (as the name implies) and can be built quickly. A pole building structure has no basement and the foundation weight is spread among the wood support piers.
Custom design versus pole barn kits
Pole barn kits are an excellent way to maximize the budget when your replacing a building, but too often our competitors use pole barn kits as an excuse to skip the planning stage. Do not buy a pole barn kit without doing a site survey and long-term use plan. This can be a costly mistake.
ABCO Pole Barns prices are competitive for custom designed pole barn structures. You might pay more for the initial planning and design, but you’ll save hundreds on materials and construction preparation. Good planning leads to a better product and longer pole barn life expectancy.
Top 5 pole barn design considerations
Pole barns need extra roofing support in the northeast United States to withstand heavy snows. We build barns on mountain tops in other regions. There wind shear becomes a more important issue and requires attention to overall stability. Your geographical location plays a big role in the physical structure design.
- Location Geography
The ground and site access are important when building a pole barn. Will you be able to move equipment in and out of the area? Is it flat or easily graded? Is the ground composition clay, sand, or rock? You can reduce the overall expense of a pole barn by choosing a build site that does not require massive grading or drilling to set the support posts.
Pole barn structures were originally designed for agriculture. Today we use pole buildings for storage, garages, barns, and even housing. A pole barn facility is modular construction. We can add additional rooms easily and each component is structurally sound independently. But knowing the total size planned and the use of the pole barn can dramatically affect our support plans and the overall pricing.
The purpose of the pole barn helps define the flooring and span between supports as well as insulation needs. We try to look into the future use of the building. Over its life — 40 to 60 years — the building may change function from being a barn to being a classic car garage or a workshop. Proper planning and construction helps us make useful modifications inexpensively later on.
Modern pole barns don’t need to be all wood anymore. For some uses and in certain areas we recommend durable metal for roofing and/or sides. The finishing materials on our pole barns is determined based upon your needs and budget at the time of design.