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What is a Pole Barn?

            A Pole barn is simply a different style of wood framed building.  Pole barns are very versatile and have a variety of uses.  Pole buildings can be used not only for agricultural buildings but garages, sheds, storage units, arenas, loafing sheds, commercial business and even living spaces in some counties.

Are pole barns really barns?

            Originally the term pole barn was used for livestock buildings and storage of hay or feed.  Those buidings are barns.  Now, pole barn is the term to describe our type of construction which is Post Frame Construction.  They are also called pole buildings. Treated posts go into the ground approximately every 10’-12’ with trusses attached to them. Each section is called a bay instead of standard stud wall construction on top of a poured concrete foundation.  The poles or posts form the building and a treated skirt board is placed on the ground between the posts to form the base of the building.  Girts are nailed between the posts to frame the walls horizontally and purlins are nailed to the trusses to form the roof.  It is the most economical form of construction to cover land.  Post Frame construction, or pole barns, is one of the oldest styles of construction, using less concrete and less wood to create a very sturdy structure at the lowest cost per square foot than any other conventional construction method.

What is the difference between a Post Frame Building and a Pole Barn Building?
Post Frame is the style of construction and Post Frame Buildings and Pole Buildings or Pole Barns are used interchangeable on the West Coast.  Post Frame construction is a term more widely used on the East coast, but is basically the same type of construction.

What does a Pole Barn look like?

            You can see by our website that pole barns can be in every different shape and size.  Pole buildings can have metal roofing, composition roofing or cedar shakes depending on your preference.  Walls can be steel, wood siding or even stucco or Hardi-plank. 

What is a “kit” and a “built” building?

            A “kit” is simply all the material and engineering needed to build a pole building.  We can help you design your building and send you the plans.  When your permit and site are ready, we can send you all the materials needed for you to construct the building  (excluding the concrete).  We have a detailed instruction manual for our customers and also have a video/DVD available for rent.  Many people have constructed our buildings this way and found it is very easy.  All you need is a little experience and the right tools.  A “built” building is just that.  We have several very experienced professional construction crews that travel all over the Northwest to construct only our buildings.  Our crews can generally erect a standard building in three to four days.  Not only does that save you the time of construction, but it provides a warranty for your building’s workmanship.  

What are the main uses of a pole building?

Pole barns can be used for just about anything, from typical barns to horse barns, airplane hangers, stall barns, riding arenas, dairy barns, milking sheds, feed stalls, hay storage, llama barns, loafing sheds, alpaca barns, equipment storage to garages in a residential backyard, commercial workshops and retail stores.  Many auto repair and machine shops use pole buildings.  Small strip malls or industrial business have also been created by using pole buildings.  Other residential uses include, living quarters, guest houses, pump houses, sheds, greenhouses, woodworking shops, artist cottages, and pottery barns.  Commercial uses range from small stores to large warehouses.   

 Do I need a concrete floor?

            Not necessarily.  That would depend on what you plan to do with your building.  It is generally not required for engineering or construction purposes, but you may want to put one in for your convenience since floors are optional in pole buildings. 

Do I need a permit for my building?

            Most counties require permits for any structure; however it may be an Agricultural permit or a residential permit depending on where you live and what you plan to do with the building.  We recommend getting a permit as an insurance policy.  If you ever sell your property a permitted building will always be an asset.

How can I finish the inside of my pole building?

            A pole barn or pole building can be finished inside in a variety of ways.  We can insulate the walls, ceiling and doors for you.  Most people hire electricians to run electricity to their buildings for lights and or heat.  Drop ceilings or sheetrock can be applied to the bottom cord of trusses for a finished ceiling with the proper engineering requirements.  Fire walls and lofts can be added for more finished areas.  Plumbing and bath facilities can be added easily if needed.

Can I live in my Pole Barn?
            With some modifications some counties allow pole barns to be used as living spaces.  Call our office for more details.
1-800-547-1714 or 503-263-9000

When deciding where on your property you can fit a pole building, there are some things to take into consideration.
* County set back requirements – meaning how close you can place a building to property lines, other buildings and utilities.
Set backs vary depending on the county and location, check with yours for specifics.
* Steep grades – how steep the slope on the property is can change engineering and fill requirements, check with your salesman if there is a steep grade.
* Fill dirt – can change pole length and may require compaction reports for the county. Check with your salesman if this is your issue.

To receive a quotation on your desired building will require us to ask you questions.

County requirements?
Each county has specifications regarding snow loads, wind speed, and exposure. These vary so greatly even within your county, you will need to check with your county official for your property.
Style of building? Gable, Monitor, Gambrel, or shed, roof only are a few of the many styles available.
Ag-use or permitted? Not all counties require permits for buildings. What you will be using the building for is the main issue. Many times it is more cost effective to permit the building in the beginning to save headaches in the future.
What will you be using your building for? No we are not noisy! If you let us know what the main purpose of the building is we can make some very helpful suggestions that may save you money, time and aggravation.
Will you be parking a RV in the building? Then it will need to be tall enough.
Planning to store hay in a loft? Then the loft will need to be adequate for the weight.

Overhead doors need 2’ of clearance below the eave height to open correctly and sliding doors need 1’ of clearance below the eave for the door hardware. Make sure your doors are the correct size and clearance for your vehicles.

Receiving the contract

When you receive the contract in the mail, check it carefully. It should include everything that you discussed with your salesman. If not, we can send you a change order or new contract.
When you sign and mail in the contract things really start going. You will receive a packet of information explaining how to view your site prep video along with lots of other information.
KIT customers, we will mail you a How to Build a Pole Building booklet and instruction sheet. Keep these safe as you will need them later. You will also receive an option to rent a “How to Building a Pole Building Video” that is extremely helpful. ( it is free but requires a refundable deposit).

Your ENGINEERED drawings will be arriving in your mail box in the next couple of weeks. Take these to the county office to apply for your permit as soon as possible. All counties require a PLOT map to go with the engineered drawings. Check with your salesman and/or county official regarding how to draw the plot map.
Some counties will issue a permit in one day and some can take up to two years. When you turn in your permit, ask how long the average turn around time is so you can be prepared.

It has been our experience that excavation/site preparation can take longer than most people realize. We request that you plan to have your site totally prepared two to four weeks before we arrive, to give ample time for complications, should they arise. It is also necessary to let us know how much, fill there is on the job site, if any, so that we may account for this in the take offs. While we do not do site prep, we can generally recommend someone in your area to do the work for you.

For instance, access to the job site for a 60,000# concrete truck and delivery truck are just two of the issues. We feel that adequate site preparation is so important we have made a video for our customers to help you understand the steps.

Also: Clear area of trees, stumps, old structures, fences, sod, etc. Make work area five feet larger in all directions. Level site with a tractor (if required); knock down high spots. Place fill (dirt/sand/gravel,etc) and spread it over the building site as level as possible. A local man with a tractor or blade can usually get a site fairly level to build on within a couple of inches. Recommend compaction every 6 inches.

Locate all underground utilities (electrical, water, sewer, septic and phone).
In OREGON call (800)332-2344/Portland/Metro (503) 246-6699.
In WASHINGTON (800) 553-4344 Clark County (360) 696-4848.
M&W’s access # is 8016 under our phone number (503) 263-9000.

There are several things that are not included in the standard price. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your salesman.
Original Site Preparation (Required to build a structure on)
Final grade preparation (required to pour a floor upon)
Furnish all permits Good clear access to site for delivery trucks Redi Mix Concrete for concrete pads (two bags per hole)
Backfill of post holes
Supply 110 power and water within 100 feet
Dispose of surplus scrap (wood and steel)
Costs incurred if heavy equipment, blasting or pumping is required for post holes
Paint any exposed wood (door jams, Dutch doors etc)

The hole width and depth on your building is determined by engineering and site conditions. If you have any fill on your site please let the salesman know as soon as possible.

If we are building your structure, our expert auger crew will arrive two to three weeks before the crew. This allows us to see your site in enough time to plan for any unforeseen contingencies and schedule a hole inspection.

If you would like to have us deliver your building material, we will need clear access to your site for our truck and trailer and a good map to the site. Our truck can deliver and unload most building packages without help, however there are some that require a semi truck and forklift for delivery. Check with your salesman regarding the particulars for your package.

On delivery of your kit, we will include a packing slip and take offs of the material. Please check that all of your material is there within 5 days of delivery and let us know if there are any problems. You should have received an inventory check list with your How to Building a Pole Building booklet mailed to you when you first signed your contract. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call your salesman.

When you hire us to build your building, our crew will arrive soon after the material is delivered. In general it takes them about one day per bay to construct your building. In most cases they prefer to arrive early in the morning and leave early in the afternoon. During construction the foreman can answer most any question for you and will do a "walk through" when they are finished to make sure you are happy with your building.
If we are constructing your building we will call for all finals that are necessary. If you are putting in a concrete floor, electricity or plumbing at a later date, we will only be able to call for a framing inspection and you will be responsible for calling for a final when everything is completed. The phone number and website to call for inspections is listed on your permit.


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