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December 1, 2015

How to Keep Costs down and Build a Quality Pole Barn

A pole barn is the ideal solution if you need more space to store vehicles, farming equipment, or hay or a place to shelter your horses or livestock. People often look for ways to cut costs. There are some areas where that is possible, but sometimes it makes more sense to spend a little more for quality products so you will spend less on maintenance later.

Buying less expensive materials can seem like an easy way to save money, but it can cost you more in the long run. Cheaper materials are likely to break or wear out faster than ones of better quality. It is better to spend more now and enjoy lower maintenance costs in the future.

Builders generally space pole barn columns six to 12 feet apart. The wider the space between the columns, the fewer you will need, so the lower the cost will be. Consult your engineer to determine the appropriate spacing for your columns.

Wainscot is a 3.5-foot steel panel that is put around the bottom of a building. It is usually a different color than the rest of the structure. It will add a bit to the cost of your pole barn, but if you should accidentally hit the building with a vehicle or tractor or kick up stones or sticks, you will only need to pay to replace the wainscot, not the entire sidewall.

You can enhance the appearance of your pole barn without adding much to the cost. For example, you can choose a double gable to create a residential look.

Sliding doors cost less than overhead garage doors or hydraulic doors. They are also easier to open and close than they used to be thanks to improvements in tracks, trolleys, materials, and construction methods.

DripStop can prevent condensation from forming and dripping on expensive equipment. It is not insulation, but it can control condensation in an uninsulated building. DripStop can cost thousands of dollars less than using ceiling insulation.

Installing a steel flushwall liner system inside your pole barn can cost much less than finishing the building with drywall. It is also much easier than hanging and finishing drywall.

Using a sound-absorbing ceiling material is not necessarily the most cost-effective way to reduce noise in a pole barn. A perforated steel liner with insulation behind it can do a better job of reducing noise, especially in a commercial environment.

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