FS Construction Services tips for building you the best pole barn

Tips for Building the Perfect Pole Barn

We’ve all experienced when an idea we’ve been flirting with moves from “wouldn’t that be interesting” territory to “I think I’m going to make this happen.” In some cases, this may be about a particularly adventurous sandwich you’re thinking about ordering, but in other cases it’s something much bigger, like finally deciding to build that perfect pole barn you’ve been thinking about for years.


Considerations When Building Pole Barn


Of course, a decision like that is no small choice, so you want to make sure you’ve thought things through before committing. So we here at FS Construction Services decided to write down some of the tips we think are helpful when considering building the perfect pole barn.


Have a Vision

We’re bound to repeat ourselves on this point, but pole barns are especially versatile buildings. From a place to watch TV to a place keep your horses, there are countless uses and functions of a pole barn. Before you get into the planning process, you will want to know how you’ll use your pole barn. That can always change or adapt along the way, but you’ll at least want something to start with.

Additionally, how you use your building is going to change what building codes you will need to meet. We are more than happy to help with paperwork and file permits on our client’s behalf, but the sooner you know this, the sooner you can get started.



Is your pole barn going to be a place for your car, your boat, your tractor, or your grandkids? How you want to use the building will also determine where the building can go. What kind of clearance will it need? How close does it need to be to the house? Will it face strong winds or be sheltered? What kind of soil is at the build site? Answering these questions will give you a better idea of where the structure should be placed.



Again, the question comes back to, will this thing hold people, animals, or steel? Pole barns have a number of insulation and thermal efficiency options, so you will want to make sure whatever you’re keeping in there is well taken care of.



Speaking of customization, pole barns are highly adaptable buildings with all manner of colors, trims, and options available. From doors to windows to wainscoting, you will have a high degree of control over the final look of your pole barn, meaning you will want to know how to balance look and function.


We really could go on and on, but if you at least think through these fundamentals, you will be at a great place to start. If you have any questions, or would like help answering some of these questions, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.

FS Construction Services pole barn vs. post-frame

Pole Barn Vs. Post-Frame: What’s the Difference?

Pole Barn vs. Post Frame: Today we are excited to tackle a regular source of confusion and discussion in our industry: what’s the difference between a pole barn and a post-frame building?

Explaining the Difference Between Pole Barn and Post-Frame

We would love to say that the answer is a complex debate that has raged on for decades, but the reality is actually fairly mundane, though no less important to understand. “Post-frame” is a type of construction method. According to the National Frame Building Association, “Post-frame construction is an engineered wood-frame building system that meets UBC and IBC standards.”

What separates it from other types of construction is their speed of installation and the materials needed. “Because the larger posts and interlocking frame can handle greater loads than stud-wall construction, fewer structural materials are needed, which saves time and other costs.”

So if that’s post-frame, what is a pole barn? Well, a pole barn is simply a common type of building resulting from the post-frame construction method. Most of us have a picture in our minds of what a pole barn looks like, but that’s actually why we wanted to take the time to make this distinction. All pole barns are post-frame buildings but not all post-frame buildings are pole barns. The number of applications for a post-frame building are vast, and not simply limited to a rectangular barn-style building.

Agricultural buildings, commercial buildings, municipal buildings, churches, schools, fire stations, and even homes are all possible post-frame building options. Post-frame buildings can provide huge open spans, easily insulated swaths of wall and roof, durability, customizability and more.

If you are in need of a new building, whether you are looking for a pole barn or something entirely different, please let Gateway FS Construction Services know. Give us a call at 866-551-3454, and let our specialists help you find exactly what you are looking for. We look forward to providing you the best customer service experience.