A pole barn is basically a barn that is built using poles and does not need exterior walls. These kinds of barns are built mostly in North America and the shape of these barns is generally rectangular. The poles used to hold the roof up also acts as the barrier. Poles barns are used either as livestock shelter or a storage place for hay. These kinds of barns are built because they are very economical and can store materials like hay in large amounts.
Building a barn is easy if you plan properly and remember to be careful while using the tools.
As it is with the case all buildings you must have a plan with measurements. This will help you decide how many poles you will need and how far apart to place them. The maximum distance between two poles should be ten inches and in case you are using metal poles, you will have to reduce the distance between two poles.
Digging holes at places where you want the poles is the next step. The depth of the holes depends on the type of soil present. The usual depth is around 18 inches, but you will have to make it deeper if the soil is wet. This is to provide stability for the poles. It is however advised that you build the barn on dry land. After digging the holes, place the poles in them and use concrete to secure them. Building a basement along with your pole barn is not advised as it can affect the stability by removing some of the soil needed.
You can start adding other materials making sure that they are trussed. The reason behind trussing them is to provide a horizontal hold that is stable. Trussing should be done irrespective of what material you use and if you do not do it properly, the structure will not be stable.
Laying the roof is the last step, you can use either wood or metal. If you don’t want your roof to wear off quickly then don’t place them too high. Now you have a pole barn that is ready for use.