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January 27, 2015

Benefits of Pole Barns vs. Stick-Built Framing

If you're looking to build a barn, shed, home, storefront, or anything else, unless you're a seasoned pro, chances are you're a little overwhelmed at all the options. The two main methods of building construction you're likely to encounter are stick-built and pole frame, or pole barn, construction. Stick-built is probably what most people picture when they think of construction: built on-site, piece-by-piece from wooden beams.

Despite the conventionality of stick building, the simplified pole frame method of construction offers a number of advantages, both short and long term.

  • Whereas stick-built structures require a continuous foundation, a restrictive and labor-intensive process, pole barns need only deep post holes to secure their load-bearing vertical beams. This saves time and money on excavation and concrete.
  • Pole barns provide superior structural stability to conventional ones. Whereas in most stick-built structures wind and other environmental forces push directly against load-bearing walls, with pole barns ground-embedded poles share their burden by transmitting some of the force into the earth. In fact, this is one of the crucial differences between post and stick-built structures: load-bearing posts versus load-bearing walls. This can be the difference between an intact structure and a pile of debris.
  • Pole barns are quicker and easier to build than conventional stick-built structures. A standard stick-built structure will require a whole construction crew and more know-how than any layman is likely to have. Pole barn construction, on the other hand, is relatively simple and only requires simple tools. In fact, you could even build one yourself by following the instructions that come with a reliable pole barn kit.
  • Pole barns are versatile. Depending on how much elbow grease you want to put in, you could build anything from an open-air hangar to a finished year-round home. All, of course, with the benefits above.
  • If all that doesn't convince you, how about this? Pole barns are a lot cheaper. With the money you can save on labor, foundation, materials, and equipment, pole barns are easily the most economical way to build.

So when you're ready to get started and build the pole barn of your dreams, contact The Pole Barn Company to check out our complete pole barn kits, delivered free and starting at less than the cost of a decent used car. Call today for a free quote.

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