Pole barn vs. steel barn — What’s the difference?

Pole barn vs. steel barn — What’s the difference?

If you’re looking to build or re-build your barn, you might have come across the term “Pole Barn.” Sometimes the term can be confused with steel barns, but they are actually quite different. Here are some of the highlights that can help you discern the true difference between the two:

A pole barn utilizes beams that are buried in the ground (which are made of wood) as the main support structure for the outer walls and roof trusses. By contrast, for example, our structures are supported by heavy duty galvanized framing, which can come in 14 gauge 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch square tubular steel.

Since a pole barn is constructed with wood, the structure is susceptible to rot, termites, fungus, etc. Our steel buildings are not, and come with a 20-year factory warranty.

Lastly, the upkeep on a pole barn is very intensive. Since the foundation poles are wood, a pole barn will shift over time and may need to be straightened as often as every five to seven years! This process can cost several thousand dollars. Steel barns, however, are practically maintenance free.

USA Quality Steel Barns & Garages has been in the Lakeland, Florida area for the last 10 years. With over 3,000 structures erected for satisfied customers, we take pride in the fact that our buildings are safe with a guarantee that they will be able to sustain from 150–180 mile an hour winds. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a call.


column by RON TISDAL

This column is sponsored by USA Quality Steel Barns & Garages.

BIO: With 15 years of building experience, Ron Tisdal is the owner of USA Quality Steel Barns & Garages. Visit their website at www.USABARNSANDGARAGES.com. You can also contact Ron via email at rontisdal@usaqsb.com, or by phone at (863) 978-8586.

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