Post frame construction is easier, stronger, faster, and cheaper. What more could you ask for? Here are some facts to help you convince naysayers that pole barns and other pole buildings are constructed using the best method of construction hands down.
Foundation costs usually exceed 15% of the total cost of construction for typical single story construction. Pole buildings use posts as the framing member. The strength of posts buried 4 to 6 feet deep provide excellent lateral and vertical bearing strength.
Rather than pouring huge amounts of concrete accompanied by a large excavation project, the foundation for pole buildings can simply be the holes that are drilled using a power auger, with posts supported by footers, and a dirt backfill. Optionally, a floating slab can be poured using the grade boards as forms to provide a 4"-6" slab for a garage or workshop.
Properly engineered pole barns often include wide truss spacing compared to stick built structures. With proper truss design, bracing, and connection details, trusses can span 8' and further and support heavy snow loads and 3 second wind gust conditions.
The cost savings for wide span buildings that are extremely long is significant.
For areas that are not flat, a conventional foundation would require earth moving and grading to level the site. Pole buildings require less site preparation than other forms of construction.
Rather than waste a prime location for your new building because of excavation issues, instead build a pole building in a less desirable area since site contours are in some cases acceptable for certain pole barn uses.
Always check into zoning and get a building permit prior to planning your construction project.
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