A great feature of pole barns is that they can be erected without destroying the natural environment surrounding the site. These buildings can be built in a wooded area without disturbing vegetation, which in turn, cuts down on soil erosion.
SLOPE & SOIL
The first factor to consider in site selection is the slope of the land. More slope means erosion control and construction issues will be slightly more involved.
This means a flat site is easier but pole foundations are actually easier to adapt to sloped sites than other types of construction.
Soil type is a major consideration when deciding the pole embedment depth and calculating soil bearing capacity.
WHICH DIRECTION SHOULD MY DOOR FACE
Your pole barns orientation is important from an energy conservation standpoint. The sun, prevailing winds, and shading are all factors to consider which can have a huge impact on year round comfort.
Northern climates require proper use of southern exposure. A barn or building facing south takes advantage of the passive solar heating available by having window space on the southern side. This will also provide better natural lighting.
Remember that the sun passes low in the sky in the winter so nearby trees can impede your planned natural lighting and solar heating.
ZONING & BUILDING CODES
Be certain to find out if your plans will be adversely affected by local zoning or building codes before you get too far into your project. Also, talk to your local insurance agent to make sure you take advantage of any benefits they may provide as you build the features you plan into your pole barn.
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