Pole Barns Overview
A pole barn is a multi-purpose building that does not have a traditional continuous foundation. Instead, the foundation consists of tall wooden poles sunk deep in the ground and set into a concrete slab. Although the poles are typically made of wood, the building can be framed with wood or metal.
A pole barn can be used for traditional farming purposes - to house livestock, hay or feed. Most have large, sliding doors for easier transport of animals or materials. Or the buildings can be used as garages, workshops or sheds.
How Much Do Pole Barns Cost?
Pole barn prices vary greatly from one geographic location to another. Very generally, you can expect to pay about $15,000 to $25,000 for a basic, average-size kit with no windows. That price is just for the kit; it does not include any labor costs you’ll incur. A concrete slab might cost $5,000 to $10,000 extra.
Pole Barns Pros
Less expensive - Pole barns are less expensive than steel buildings because no continuous foundation is required. You’ll save a significant amount of money on both materials and labor.
Faster to build - Pole barns go up much faster than steel buildings, also because no foundation is necessary.
More attractive - Most people considered wood pole barns to be more attractive than steel buildings. The look is warmer and more inviting.