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Pole Barn Kits: Pros and Cons

Building a barn or any type of structure on your property is a big deal, but it's well worth the effort once it's completed. It takes a lot of planning and plenty of hard work to complete this type of project and to do it correctly. Pole barn kits are designed to make planning a little easier by providing the materials and instructions you'll need all in one kit. And while pole barn kits are great for many people and almost any project, the kits are not meant to replace stick-built alternatives in every case.

You must decide first of all what works for you, and secondly, which option offers you the most benefits for the long term. Here are some pros and cons of pole barn kits to get your wheels turning.


Probably the greatest advantage of using a pole barn kit is the convenience of having plans and materials provided all in one package. Once you find the type of structure you want, you can order the pole barn package and get the things you need shipped right to your door. Keep in mind, however, that material delivery might be divided into several shipments instead of all at once. This varies among pole barn kit retailers, so you'll need to check the terms and conditions before ordering.

Another benefit is the selection. While you can select various designs with any type of construction, pole barn kits are not lacking in design choices. You can choose from many styles and colors to fit your needs. There are various pole barn building kits, garage building kits, metal building kits, etc. to fit every project goal. And pole barns can be partitioned to serve two purposes instead of one. For instance, if you want a small barn for your livestock and an adjoining workshop or storage section for equipment, this can be achieved with partition walls.

Pole barn kits can save you money. Pole barns are more affordable than a steel construction, even if you hire someone to help with the project. Pole barns are built with wood and hold their value just as other similar types of structures. Pole barn kits provide you with a durable, lasting structure if you follow the plans carefully and accurately. You can also add custom features to your pole barn when using a kit. Kits are flexible to help you add the features you'll need without adding extra expense.


There are a couple of disadvantages to using a pole barn kit. A kit may limit your options concerning barn width and length. Pole barns generally can't be more than 90 feet wide. There are building/zoning restrictions in most towns that dictate the maximum size of pole barns. Another disadvantage is a pole barn kit does not provide for basements or a continuous foundation.


Initially, pole barn kits (with all materials) appear to cost the same as a conventional structure. Keep in mind that conventional structures usually take much longer to create the foundation. Also, there's usually more labor involved overall with conventional methods. With a pole barn kit, you're paying for materials, but it's up to you to build the barn. The labor costs will likely be less whether you hire a few helpers or not. It depends on your skill level and how much time you can invest in building your pole barn.

Consider these pros and cons before building a pole barn or ordering a pole barn kit. Browse various home garage kits, metal building kits and pole barn kits online to find a structure that meets your requirements. Be sure to order from a reliable retailer that's willing to help you every step of the way. Order a quality pole barn kit so you'll only have to worry with the building details once your kit arrives.

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