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Buying Pole Barns Kits Online: Tips for Success

When considering a pole barn kit to build a barn on your property, there are various factors to consider. Here are some questions you should ask. Will you use it for storage only, such as for feed, hay, tack, lawn equipment, tools, etc? Will you need stalls for your horses? What about security...will there be expensive items stored in the barn? These should be considered before even shopping for pole barns kits.

First, keep in mind that you can be more creative with the barn design when building it yourself. Some features can be manipulated to get the look you want. You might want to add another window or eliminate the windows altogether. You can leave the building on the ground or add cement slab or wood flooring. But no matter what your dreams are concerning building a barn, use caution when buying a pole barn kit. Here are a few tips to get started.

Zoning Restrictions and Size

Once you determine what size barn you'd like to build, contact your local Building and Zoning Department to find out the building regulations and restrictions in your area. Rules vary from one city or county to the next, so this step is a MUST before you start building any type of permanent structure on your property.

One you've found out the building requirements, start searching for a reputable company that provides the right type of pole barns kits needed for your project. You'll need to determine if you want a traditional wood post barn or one that uses steel posts. Pole barns kits that are designed for steel posts are often more expensive, buy may last much longer. You can choose standard or custom kits, depending on the features and size desired. Keep in mind that custom pole barns kits will be more costly than standard options.

Compare Services

Notice which services are available from kit providers before ordering. Do they offer help with site preparation, building construction, and electrical work? Are there additional features available, such as vinyl shutters, pull down stairs, horse stalls, double bubble, cupolas, steel doors, etc.? If you decide to build the barn on your own, does the company provide support or a help line to get assistance with your project?

Shipping or Delivery?

If you live close enough to the pole barn kit provider, then inexpensive delivery may be available to your home. Shipping the very heavy materials will be quite expensive. Some might offer free delivery with your purchase within a certain mileage range, so it's worth checking into.

Avoid Cheap Barn Building Kits

Some kits might seem much cheaper, but actually include materials of poor quality. Avoid those that contain substandard, untreated or salvaged materials. Consider if the provider can offer proof that their materials, lumber, steel, etc. is of a high grade.

Some reliable brand names to look for when choosing a pole barn kit include Wolverine Siding, National Hardware, Cannonball Hardware, Owens Corning Roofing and Simpson Strong-Tie. Make sure the wood trusses are sealed and improved by the truss regulating industry. The posts should be treated and meet International Building Code (IBC) Section 2308.1

Weather Protection

Check for weather-resistant features for hail, wind, snow, extreme heat or cold, fire, etc. If you live in an area where there's always a lot of snow, ice and/or high winds, you'll want to make sure the barn can withstand these conditions. Also, check for weather tightness - preferably an anti-siphon sidelap design.

Other factors to consider include warranties and guarantees, available choices for color, trim, siding and roof, and free bonuses offered when ordering any particular pole barn kit.

You can easily compare pricing, kits and providers on the Web using a simple search. Some providers sell other products such as garage building kits and metal building kits. This comes in handy if you want to add a home garage or metal building later on. You'll already be familiar with the provider so you can order home garage kits or metal kits with confidence. Use these tips today to find the best quality pole barns kits available in your area.

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