Pole Barn Construction Guide

Pole Barn Construction Guide

This guide covers many of the common questions regarding Pole Barn Construction. With any pre-fabricated pole barn building, the customer has many design options which help fit the building to the owner’s specific needs. Please review the information below and should you have questions, please contact Pole Barns Direct where we provide pole barn design and consultation services absolutely free as part of the pole barn bidding process.

What Size Pole Barn Do I Need?

To maximize the usage of your pole barn you must first determine what your pole barn will be used for. There are many uses for a pole barn:

  • Horse / Equine Barn
  • General Purpose Barn
  • Cattle Barn
  • Riding Arena
  • Equipment Storage
  • Automotive Garage
  • Hay Storage
  • Tractor Trailer Storage
  • Storage Units for RV / Boats
  • Warehouse

The possibilities are endless. Educate yourself on how you plan to use your pole barn, and then determine the adequate size for your needs.

So many people say after they have built, "I wish I would have made it wider, longer or taller". Or "my doors just aren’t big enough to fit my RV or equipment in". Make sure you do not make this same mistake.

Let’s take a closer look at the options you have at Pole Barns Direct.

Pole Barn Doors:

All of our pole barn kits come standard with one slider pole barn door; the size will vary according to the width of the building. A slider door consists of aluminum side rails and bottom frame. Purlins are then set in place 24" on center. The outside of the door is then covered with metal siding. Door track is also attached to your building above the slider door. Your door will then travel on this track with trolleys attached to the top of the door. Door track will be double the length of the door so that it can be fully opened. Slider doors work well for all types of buildings. If a slider door does not suit your needs, you have the option to upgrade to a pole barn overhead door. Overhead doors are great for many applications as well. Instead of sliding from left to right, they travel up and down. We have many different sizes of pole barn overhead doors available. Overhead doors also give you the option for a non-insulated or insulated door. Most people think you need a professional to install an overhead door. If you have basic mechanical knowledge and the right tools you can do it. You will receive step by step instructions on how to install the door from the manufacturer.

Walk door / Man door also come standard in our pole barn kits. The walk doors we supply have a strong metal frame, and door skin. They are also a breeze to install. One walk door per barn kit or you may customize your barn kit and order more.

Can Pole Barns Have Windows?

A standard kit from Pole Barns Direct includes two 3′ tall X 2′ wide pole barn slider windows. What is a pole barn slider window? A pole barn slider window is where one pane is stationary and the other pane slides past it to open. These windows are high quality and easy to install. If you need more than two windows let us know and we can customize your order.

Overhangs VS. No-Overhangs:

Our DIY pole barn kits come standard with no overhang. What this means is the roof metal will hang past the wall metal 2" on the eave sides. Gable end walls will be capped with a corner trim. We offer the option to add an overhang up to 24". An overhang is cosmetic only and has no structural value to a pole barn. An overhang is where the pole barn truss tail hangs past the wall the desired length and is then capped with a 2X6 fascia board. Metal soffit and fascia trims are then used to finish the look of the overhang. Gables are similar with the use of metal soffit and fascia, but are still capped with a corner trim. The roof metal will still hang past the fascia 2" as well. If I have an overhang do I still need gutters? Whether the pole barn has an overhang or not, gutters must still be used in both applications. Gutters will keep the water away from your foundation, prolonging the life of the pole barn.

Vented VS. Non-Vented Ridge:

Our DIY post frame kits come standard with solid closure strips at the ridge. What is a closure strip? When a ridge cap is applied to a metal pole barn roof there are voids left in between the ribs of the metal. This is where a closure strip is applied. A closure strip is made of pliable foam shaped with the contour of the metal. Closure strips also have adhesive on the bottom side to stick to the pole barn roof for easy installation. The closure strip will fit snug between the ridge cap and the metal pole barn roofing not allowing any moisture or air to penetrate it. Solid closure strips work well if the pole barn kit has an open ceiling. However if the pole building has a finished ceiling we highly recommend a vented closure strip at the ridge cap. Vented closure strips are very similar to solid closure strips having the same contour of the pole barn roof metal and adhesive on the bottom. The difference is vented closure strips have a durable polyester mesh built in to allow air to flow in and out of the roof. Ventilation is important if the ceiling is finished, it will keep materials from drying out and limit mold growth.

Pole Barn Lean-To Option:

Another option available is to add a pole barn lean-to. What is a pole barn lean-to? A pole barn lean-to is a roof extending down on the eave side of a building. The roof pitch stays exactly the same so there is no transition in the roof. A pole barn lean-to typically extends 12′ out from the building. Also a pole barn lean-to is usually used on buildings with a side wall height of 12′ or greater. The reason the side wall should be at least 12′ is because the roof will extend down to a beam at a 4/12 pitch. This beam will be roughly 4′ lower than your sidewall height, leaving you with 8′ to the top of your beam. Be sure to make the lean-to tall enough for whatever it is you would like to put under it.