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Pole Barn Construction

Pole Barn Construction 

Pole barns are one of the most popular sheds to build. The materials used to construct the shed are pretty cheap and these sheds are quite simple to build. They are also great because they are built to last, and you can basically dress it up or down to your liking.

Looking at pole barn construction, it's a structure that is supported by poles which are set in the ground and anchored in by concrete. The poles support the roof, and depending on what you are using the pole barn for, walls can be optional and finished floors are also optional.

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The framing of the pole barn shed are horizontal to the posts and are made of wood. If you are constructing sides they can be made out of wood or metal. Roofs are usually made from galvanized steel so they don’t rust. If you prefer, you can also use shingles.

If you are using pole barn construction plans to build your shed, just remember that they can be built with whatever extra features one desires, such as skylights, windows and lofts.

Choosing The Pole Barn Roof

Also consider the type of pole barn roof you would like as this determines style of the shed. For example, one can choose a gambrel style all the way to a barn style; it just depends on the look and feel you are after.

Pole Barn Roof 

 A pole barn roof can be in any style you choose, seeing as though a pole barn uses conventional framing.

There are 4 main roof styles used for pole barns and these include, gable, hip, shed, and gambrel. Let's explore each option.

A gambrel roof  is also known as a barn style roof and it provides more head room and more storage space on the top floor. They are more challenging to build, but the benefits are the space they provide and the beautiful appearance.

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Shed Roof 

The shed roof is a single straight pitched roof, which is used for smaller pole barn sheds. It's a very simple roof as it requires the front wall to be higher than the back wall to provide a slight slope for water to run off. Snow can be an issue as it won't just readily run down and off the roof and can put pressure on the roof causing it to bend.

Hip Roof 

A hip roof is one where all sides slope downwards to the walls, usually with a fairly gentle slope. It has no gables or other vertical sides to the roof and is shaped like a pyramid.

The benefits of this roof are that their shape makes them less susceptible to wind damage.

A hip roof is simple to build and usually used for single story pole barns. The hip roof eliminates the need for eaves and gable end walls for a simple build.

Gable Roof 

A gable roof has two equally pitched sides and is very easy to build. It's a great option for sheding snow as it is steeply pitched.

Ventilation and insulating are also very easy to install with a gable roof.

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When considering pole barn construction from storage shed plans, take into consideration the best roof option for your pole barn.


Brad Smith

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