If you’re planning on building a new structure, be sure to avoid these common pole barn mistakes. Following these six don’ts will ensure that your building project goes off without a hitch and that your barn stays durable for years to come.
1. Don’t Build Too Small
The square footage you need now is not necessarily what you will need in years to come. One of the most common installation mistakes is building too small.
While a pole barn can be typically extended, it does incur additional expense as its structural integrity will need to be re-assessed. It is far better to go bigger from the get-go.
2. Don’t Throw Away the Idea of a Deck
Like the point above, a loft or deck system can usually be added at a later stage – provided your barn’s height and foundation allow it.
Including as much as you can during the initial construction always streamlines the process. At the very least, keeping your options open during the design process is a wise move.
3. Don’t Skip Finishing the Interior
Once you have completed the exterior of your barn, don’t stop there! It’s important to finish off the interior by adding walls, floors, and ceilings if necessary.
Because post-frame buildings suit almost any purpose, from residences to garages and stables, the finishes you chose will be determined by the intended use:
- Drywall, steel liners, or a type of engineered wood like OSB or plywood on the entire wall
- Bright lights or softer lighting and additional plug points for lamps
- Insulation, and so on.
4. Don’t Believe “Cheaper is Better”
When it comes to putting together a beautiful pole barn, you want to make sure that you’re spending your money on high quality materials and design. Not only will this investment pay off in the long run, but it will also make the process much easier.
If you’re not willing to invest in high-quality materials and design, then you’ll be wasting your time and money. You’ll end up with a barn that’s not durable or looks cheap, and it’s likely you won’t be happy with the results.
5. Don’t Work Without a Plan
When it comes to building a new post frame building, following a plan helps you avoid costly mistakes down the road. As with any permanent structure, the more thorough your plans, the fewer unpleasant surprises and delays you will encounter.
Make sure that your pole barn plans detail:
- Blueprints incorporating the exact location on your property, placement in relation to tractor paths or driveways, setbacks, ventilation and drainage solutions, access to water, sewer, and electrical lines, and foundation options.
- A list of materials suitable for the building design that you will be constructing. Look for durability, fire resistance, and climate appropriate choices.
- Part of the planning phase that is often overlooked is checking zoning regulations and permit requirements. Easements can be another roadblock that could stall construction if not taken into account. Hiring pros will make this all a lot easier and less stressful for you.
Consult your plan on a regular basis to ensure everything is on track. If something does go wrong, be prepared to make changes along the way.
6. Don’t Work Without a Professional
For the best results, hire an experienced professional. A qualified pole barn builder will know exactly what needs to be done and they will be able to save you time and money in the long run.
Not all expert pole barn construction companies are created equal, so do your research before hiring one. Make sure you select a firm who is reputable and has expertise in the field – this will help ensure that your project goes smoothly.
Additionally, make sure that you are getting what you pay for by getting multiple bids and checking references. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is!
At Peak Pole Barns and Manufacturing, we aim to exceed your expectations. Because we have constructed more than 15,000 buildings in 27 states since 1992, we can foresee and avoid these and other pole barn mistakes. Get in touch with us today.