Why should you go with a pole barn instead of a conventionally built barn? Well, it’s a money saver for starters. When you build a structure of any size and style that requires a foundation, you can expect it to cost at least 15% of the construction cost. A pole barn use posts that are buried four to six feet for framing instead of having concrete poured into an excavation.
A pole barn’s foundation is the holes that have been drilled with a power auger and are supported by footers. There are some cases when a pole barn has a floating slab with forms built from the grade boards if it is going to be sued as a garage or workshop.
A pole barn will have wide truss spacing compared to conventionally built structures. Truss design will have bracing and connection details, with the trusses at 8-foot spans. This is a great structure for areas that experience heavy snow loads and hard wind gust conditions.
If your property is in an area that isn’t flat, going with a conventional foundation requires the earth to be moved and graded, often referred to as excavation, which levels the site. This site preparation isn’t needed for a pole barn. What may be considered a less desirable area for a conventional structure, a pole barn contours to the area.
Once your pole barn can be fully framed giving it the conventional construction look if desired. Or leave it open air and enjoy the minimal finishing costs. A pole barn with walls will be non-load bearing because the poles are what support the structure’s weight.