People familiar with pole buildings may have also heard of stick-frame buildings. Are these terms interchangeable? If not, how are they different? We will clear up any confusion with a pole building vs stick-frame discussion.
Pole Building and Stick-Frame Construction
Pole buildings and barns use a post-frame construction where laminated wood posts make up the bulk of the framing. The roof utilizes trusses connected by purlins. The exterior consists of steel panel claddings that “hold” the structure together. Contrary to popular belief, the construction does not include poles, or interior columns.
By contrast, a stick-frame building contains a basement or crawlspace over which builders construct the building. The frame also requires a concrete foundation for support. Due to the construction of the foundation, building costs are far higher.
Why Choose Pole Buildings Over Stick-Frames?
As we just mentioned, the foundation adds significantly to a building’s costs. The required excavation and concrete generally make up about 10% to 15% of the total building cost. You can cut out this expense entirely with a pole building. Continue Reading →