Pole Barns, Horse Arenas, & More…

custom saddle racksPole barns or Post-Frame buildings are a type of versatile design structure that usually includes high, open spaces and wide, clear spans. These types of structures are an economical solution compared to traditional building methods because they require less material, less expensive parts, and less construction time. In addition, these types of buildings are durable and sustainable as well as being able to support a wide variety of interior and exterior finishes, roof options and other details.

Post-Frame buildings are great for

  • Storage
  • Workshops
  • Garages
  • Horse or Cow barns
  • Horse Arenas
  • And more….

If you’re looking for quality service and reliability, let Hillis Construction & Septic, LLC help you design and build your next Post-Frame/Pole Barn building.

If you’re still on the fence about building a Post-Frame structure or have never had one built before, here are some pointers and information that can help you with your decision. And of course, you can always call Nathan Hillis to discuss your thoughts, ideas or concerns before embarking on your project.

Some Building Comparisons

Post Frame/Pole Barn

  • PROS: A Pole Barn is strong and long lasting construction, adaptable for many different uses. An owner can easily change the use over time. It is simple to frame out then add dry wall or shelves, etc, and no continuous foundation makes it less expensive. Fast construction times reduce labor costs. They hold their value just like other forms of construction.
  • CONS: They cannot have a basement, are limited in width – can’t go wider than 90 feet, and some towns/municipalities have zoning restrictions.
  • COST: Lowest in expense

Stick-Built/Conventional Framing

  • PROS: Gives you a continuous foundation, you can have a basement, and they are moderately easy to finish out on the inside.
  • CONS: More expensive, due to more labor required, takes longer to complete, no real benefit in strength, requires more expensive excavation because of the continuous foundation.
  • COST: Medium expense

Misconceptions about Pole Barn/ Post Frame buildings

  1. You can’t heat them
  2. You can’t put in insulation, wiring, drywall, or other amenities.

    FACT: Actually, both of the above are false. They are easier to insulate (and hence keep heated) than other types of construction because of the manner in which the construction is done with 8’ posts on center and wide areas of uninterrupted space for continuous insulation with no thermal breaks. And with these wide areas it is easy to add doors, interior walls, windows, wiring, and more.

  3. They cannot be easily partitioned.

    FACT: You can partition out the building any way you like, with readily available framing lumber.

  4. They don’t hold up to the wind as well as other buildings.

    FACT: A poorly constructed pole barn will rattle and shake but a properly built post frame building performs very well in high wind areas. There are additional measures to take during construction for areas of high wind. Be sure to discuss this with your builder.

  5. They are noisier on the inside when it rains.

    FACT: You can quickly solve this by using an insulation/vapor barrier.

  6. Having roof trusses 48″ apart doesn’t work well for installing an interior ceiling.

    FACT: This can be a challenge with post frame construction, since the trusses are generally spaced at 4′ on center, instead of 24″ or 16″. For utility buildings, the best option is to use a ceiling material that spans the 4′ centers. Another option would be to use OSB or plywood. These materials are much more durable than sheetrock, for use in utility or storage buildings. If sheetrock, wood or steel is desired, there are building methods to make this possible

  7. They may rot over time with wet weather.

    FACT: Due to advances made in wood treatment and protection technology, there is little risk of wood rotting in the ground. Wood is also more flexible, and performs better in high winds, such as hurricanes. The design of a pole barn allows it to ‘give’ slightly in high winds, springing back into shape, rather than just bending or collapsing.

  8. They aren’t as fire resistant as other types of buildings.

    FACT: In a fire, wood trusses have to char and burn through before they fail, and then it is a smaller, more localized failure, allowing time to remove equipment, vehicles, or animals.