Pole Buildings: What are they? And where did they come from?

So you are thinking about a pole building for your property?

It is important to first know what a pole building is and where it came from. Typically used in agricultural settings, the term often used is “pole barn.” It dates back to the 1930’s and the rise of the Great Depression. Farmers needed a way to use the resources around them to construct barns and storage to fit their agricultural needs. During this time, utility poles were used in the construction. Thus coining the term “pole barn”.

The poles were buried in the ground and attached sidewalls and a metal roof. From there they started using creosote treated poles which extended the lifespan of the poles by reducing rot. Modern construction materials that have come to the forefront since then, using pressure-treated, squared-off posts/columns. They offer superior strength and ease of construction when compared to old methods. Technology has vastly improved over time, but the principal of burying the posts in the ground has stayed the same. There are unique strengths and features utilized in this style of build that promotes an economical option for building as well as the ability to withstand wind and snow loads of the traditional construction style.

The pole building is used in many different avenues in today’s world. From agriculture, where it has its roots, to industrial, retail, warehousing and even residential homes- a pole building can do it all. It is an industry full of engineers running constant calculations to ensure the build will last a lifetime.
You can build with confidence.