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March 29, 2016

The Benefits of Choosing a Monitor Style Pole Barn

A monitor style pole barn has a raised center section with trusses that support the gabled center roof. Lean-to's are attached on each side a few feet below the main roof. This allows the design to include windows or eave lights on the sides to provide lighting and ventilation, which can reduce electricity bills.

The ridge cap can be vented to provide an outlet for warm air that rises in the center of the building. Enclosed overhangs allow breezes to enter the building and air to circulate. A cupola with a weathervane can be added for style as well as extra ventilation. Additional ventilation can be provided by adding gable vents on the ends of the building.

Pole barns with a monitor design have traditionally been used for horse barns, but nowadays they are utilized for many other purposes, including houses, garages, and stores. Monitor style pole barns have become increasingly popular because of the extra space they offer.

When a monitor building is used as a horse barn, the center section can include an aisle with a loft space above that can be used to store hay. Stalls can be built on either side of the center in any of an array of sizes. Since the stalls are built onto the barn's original framework, they have a solid foundation. They can be finished using tongue and groove stall kits.

A monitor building is also an excellent choice for storing vehicles. The tall center section makes the design ideal for storing a camper or RV. The "wings" on the sides offer plenty of space to store a car, truck, or boat, as well as tools and equipment.

The Pole Barn Company designs custom pole barns in a variety of styles to match each customer's individual needs and preferences. We can design a monitor style pole barn that you can use as a horse barn, house, or garage. Contact us today to discuss your needs and to start the design process.

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