About Me

Hey y'all, my name's Allison DuPree and I'd like to welcome you to my new web site, Barn Building! I've been a country girl nearly all my life. I just love the outdoors and working on a farm. When I was a young girl I watched my daddy and the other farm hands build the barn that still sits on our family's property to this very day. I've got a whole lifetime full of experience in the planning, designing and construction of barns. You might call me an expert, and I would not be offended by that term. I hope you'll enjoy the articles I've created for this site -- and the photos too! If you have any questions, well then by all means, ask away! In the mean time, thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!

A Guide to Buying Pole Barns

Looking to buy or build a pole barn? There are literally hundreds of styles, designs and colors of pole barns available to choose from in home improvement centers, construction companies, and stores on the web. With all of these choices of pole barns, how will customers choose which barn will best suit their need? Take a look at the different types and styles of pole barns to help you decide.

Roof Styles of Pole Barns:
When building roofs, there are several points to consider including the roof pitch, trusses, span, rafters, material, and the style. Pole barns can have any of the following roof styles:

With a unique shape, pole barns with Gambrel roofs have more space above thus, providing extra storage room.

Gable roofs have two symmetrical and equally pitched slopes. Gable is very common, not only for barns but also for other types of buildings like houses. Gable roofing is easier and faster to install compared to Gambrel.

Hip roofs have four planes, two trapezoids attached to each other at their shorter bases, and two triangles on each side that connect the trapezoid’s legs. This kind of roofing is cheap and easy to construct.

The simplest of all, shed roofs are single-plane, straight-pitched angled roofs that are used commonly for small pole barns.

Materials Used for The Posts of Pole Barns:
There are basically two types of material you can use for posts and frames, wood and metal. Wood is more common, but some customers prefer using metal, especially if the pole barn is made of galvanized steel from top to bottom. Wood and metal have their own pros and cons, so the decision is up to the customer. Take note that even if you use wooden posts, you can still use metal for roofing and siding.

There are other parts of pole barns that you may customize like skirt boards, grits, doors, windows, ventilation systems, foundation, insulation, and flooring. Make sure you take every part of your pole barn into consideration when shopping for a one. Aside from these, you should also think about the purpose of your barn. Are you going to use it as a storage room for farm crops and equipment or garage or horse stable? There may be certain specifications and standard measurements for each purpose. You may contact any barn construction company like National Barn Company and Lester Buildings to learn more about pole barns and to ask for a price quote for kits or custom orders. They can also give you free tips and good advice and help you find the best pole barn for you.

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