Pole Buildings in Sioux City

New construction in the Siouxland and Tri-State areas? A post-frame building, often referred to as a pole building or pole barn, offers benefits for contractors and customers alike

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What Are Pole Buildings?

All buildings, from a stick-built home to a steel-framed shopping mall to a pole frame garage, have at least one thing in common: their structures are designed to transfer the structural load to the foundation. Each just accomplishes this in different ways. Post-frame construction, as the name suggests, uses columns — usually made of timber, but sometimes made of concrete — and a system of trusses to maintain structural integrity. In contrast to stick-built structures, where interior walls are often bearing much of the load, a pole barn can have larger stretches of uninterrupted space. Thanks to new techniques and materials, modern post-frame buildings can be built with basements or crawlspaces when there’s a use case for that. However, unlike a stick-built building, a pole barn is perfectly at home on a slab, or on no foundation at all. As we’re about to see, that has its advantages.



Pole Building Benefits

There are a number of benefits to pole buildings over other types of structures.

  • They don’t require a traditional foundation, so they require less site preparation and also save on materials costs for concrete
  • This also allows them to adapt to a wider range of site conditions
  • The building envelope is more flexible, allowing for a wider range of shapes, add-ons, and architectural details
  • Door and window sizes aren’t as constrained by structural concerns
  • Construction is quicker and less expensive when compared to a similar steel or stick-built structure
  • Pole buildings have fewer thermal breaks, making them easier to insulate and more energy efficient


Types of Pole Buildings

For a building technique that dates back centuries, pole buildings have a wide range of applications in today’s towns and cities.

  • Homes that are uniquely suited to today’s popular open floor plans
  • Retail locations that maximize selling space
  • Restaurants that offer free flow of people and air, and that are easier to configure in a time of social distancing
  • Garages and outbuildings that offer ample interior flex space and mobility
  • With a variety of other possibilities in industrial, commercial, residential, and agricultural buildings — including gyms, churches, farms, and more — your imagination is the only limit

The Post-Frame Building Process

If a post-frame building is looking good to you right about now, you’re probably wondering how the process works. It starts with the design. You’ll let us know the type of building you have in mind, the dimensions, its use, and some information about the site. We’ll flesh the design out further, then provide you with a written quote. Once you accept the quote, the fun starts. We get to work bringing your design to life. From framing to the last finishing touches — paint, electrical, and more — we’ll leave you with a structure that’s move-in ready and built to last.