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February 15, 2016

Choosing the Right Roof Pitch for Your Pole Barn

A pitched roof adds beauty to a pole barn. A roof with a low pitch looks flatter, and a roof with a higher pitch looks steeper. Some homeowner associations require that a barn have the same pitch as the primary residence.

A lower pitched roof is a good choice if the building has such a long span that a higher pitch would make the ridgeline unattractive or out of proportion to the rest of the building. Choosing a lower pitched roof is also a good idea if the building has such a small span that a roof with a higher pitch would be unattractive.

A roof’s pitch also serves an important function. A roof with a high pitch allows snow and water to roll off better than a lower pitched roof. A roof needs to be designed and engineered to handle snow loads in the area where it is being built.

Roof pitch allows for air flow throughout the pole barn. A roof with a lower pitch does not allow as much free air between the walls or ceilings as a pole barn with a higher-pitched roof. This can restrict air flow and limit cooling since hot air rises.

A roof pitch can also limit the height of breeze way doors and the size of windows. If you want to include additional storage space above your breezeway, choose a roof with a higher pitch. A pole barn can be designed with nearly any pitch to match your needs and preferred style.

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