Pole Barn Flooring Options at a Glance

pole barn flooringOnce fully set up and ready for use, pole barns really aren’t that different from a conventional building. This means you generally have the same options in terms of roofing, insulation, and flooring. Speaking of flooring, choices are plentiful here. Find out about the different styles of pole barn flooring for your newly erected shed or facility.

Flooring Styles for Pole Barns

Your ideal flooring style depends on your budget and what you intend to use the pole barn for.

Dirt Flooring: This is one of the more economical options especially if using the barn for storage. Some owners start with dirt flooring to see how it holds up. Keep in mind, though, that the structure may eventually require another flooring type. Moisture and soil conditions may create unstable flooring. You will also need to upgrade if you intend to use the space for human dwelling. Continue Reading →

Fabric Buildings Prevent Corrosion in Storage Facilities

fabric buildingsCorrosion naturally occurs when metal comes into contact with water, humidity, road salt, and other exposures. Corrosion can be detrimental for traditional buildings. The National Association of Corrosion Engineers, in fact, estimates annual corrosion damage in the U.S. at $276 million. This is why we recommend fabric buildings for preventing corrosion.

Fabric Buildings Are Corrosion-Proof

We especially recommend fabric-covered buildings as storage facilities. This is especially so for buildings that store any type of metal products. Fabric is non-corrosive, making it perfect for material that shouldn’t be in corrosive environments, such as scrap metal located in a high-humidity area.

Many clients, in fact, have requested a fabric building for their work sites. This includes various hardhat companies in the mining, agricultural, and recycling sectors. Continue Reading →

Invest in a Pole Barn EV Charging Station

EV charging stationDoes your company own a fleet of commercial vehicles? New Year’s resolutions for companies often include increasing revenue while lowering overhead. One way to achieve the latter is by transitioning to hybrid fleet cars. Of course, you will also require multiple charging stations. Here’s a food for thought: how about a pole barn EV charging station?

Why Transition to Hybrid Cars?

The average hybrid car costs about $4,647 more than its gas-only counterpart. In 10 years of ownership, though, you can save an average $6,742 at the pump per vehicle. The bigger your fleet the bigger your overhead savings.

In addition, you can also advertise your company as an eco-friendly business. Clients these days are willing to pay more to do business with companies whose practices they agree with.

Pole Barns for an EV Charging Station

Of course, you’ll also need to invest in a charging station for your vehicles. To save money on the initial construction, consider a pole building. Continue Reading →

A Pole-Barn Hotel in Spokane?

pole barn hotelIn past posts we discussed the viability of pole barn restaurants, venues, and more. Well, how about a pole-barn hotel? We know the idea is a bit hard to conceive, considering the size of a structure for lodging. However, this can definitely be done.

Why a Pole Barn Hotel?

Washington is the sixth most visited state in the U.S. Its cities and natural scenery drive a strong tourism market. Visitors need lodging during their brief stay.

We’ll admit that we rarely receive enquiries for pole-barn hotels. Most people don’t even consider it a possibility. While not exactly commonplace, pole-barn inns do exist throughout the U.S. One example is the Crossroads Inn in Martin, South Dakota. It has been running since 1990 and currently has 34 rooms. Continue Reading →

How to Protect Posts from Rot

protect posts from rotMost modern pole barns are constructed from wooden posts treated with an oil-based primer. This protects the material from weather exposure. If you have an existing pole building, the posts may not be treated. If so, we’ll show you how to protect pole barn posts from rot.

Leading Causes of Rot

We recommend a visual inspection at least once a year. Here are the top problems that can lead to eventual wood rot if left untreated.


Look for cracks around caulked areas, such as around the doors, windows, and dryer vents. Re-caulk any openings; we recommend caulk made from acrylic latex for long-lasting quality. Continue Reading →

A Pole Building as an Event Venue Is a Good Idea

pole building as an event venueDoes your company or non-profit org normally host events for the public? Events allow people to come together for face-to-face interactions. We can all use more of this in the age of social media. A pole building as an event venue works well as a gathering space.

Why a Pole Building as an Event Venue Is Beneficial

Venue rental is perhaps the single largest overhead. Of course, the cost varies depending on a facility’s size, amenities provided, etc. Even on the lower end of the cost scale, the final fee can easily run into the five-digit range.

To save on this portion of the spending, some companies are investing in their own event space. They do this by setting up a permanent pole building or fabric-covered building, usually on the company’s own premises. Continue Reading →

Why Waste Management Fabric Buildings Are a Trending

waste management fabric buildingsFabric buildings for waste management centers are becoming a rising trend. Leaders in the industry are discovering how such structures are beneficial in terms of overhead cost, employee satisfaction, sanitation, etc. We’ll summarize how fabric buildings improve efficiency in waste and recycling facilities.

4 Benefits of Fabric Buildings in the Waste Industry

These benefits apply to most industries but are especially relevant for facilities that handle waste in some shape or form.

1. Natural Lighting

Fabric cladding enables natural lighting to enter the interior. This helps save on electrical lighting and also creates a more pleasant work environment for employees. Studies have also shown that natural light increases alertness and curbs afternoon fatigue. This is most beneficial when work becomes repetitive.

2. Ventilation

Portions of fabric buildings contain open end walls or mesh under the canopy walls. This provides maximum ventilation and is crucial for removing odors. You can also install an active ventilation system, much like the ones found in some steel buildings, for optimal odor control. Continue Reading →

Considering Pole Barn History

Pole Barn HistoryPole barns aren’t a new concept by any means. They have been around for quite some time and are an integral part of America’s past and present architectural landscape. We’ll talk about pole barn history and how they have evolved over the generations.

Pole Barn History: Where Did It Begin?

The Colonial Era

Pole barns have Americana written all over them. Their origins, in fact, began during the colonial era. Early settlers constructed pole buildings as livestock and horse barns. Pole construction was the natural choice because it was easy and quick to set up. The land also provided ample raw wood. Unfortunately, no method was available for treating wood at the time. This meant settlers had to frequently repair and replace barns. Continue Reading →

How to Insulate Pole Barns for the Summer

insulate Pole BarnsThankfully, summers in the pacific northwest are fairly mild compared to other parts of the country. Nevertheless, the temperature can still reach three-digits on some days. This is why you should insulate pole barns for the summer. This is especially important if the structure is used for human or livestock dwelling.

Use the Right Insulation

At the very least, we recommend that all pole barns and steel buildings have ceiling and wall vents. This is so even if the barn is used only for storage. We can install vents to an existing building as an optional feature. We also recommend investing in either a whole-house fan or a ceiling fan, or even both if within your budget. Continue Reading →

Can You Build a Pole Barn on an Uneven Lot?

Pole BarnWe have constructed dozens upon dozens of pole barns throughout the Spokane area. Most of these were built on flat terrain, which makes our job easier. However, sometimes we are tasked to build a pole barn on an uneven lot. Can we actually do this? Are there any additional factors to consider?

How to Build on an Uneven Terrain

We implement several methods to create a suitable terrain. One way is to fill the uneven areas with soil. This technique works provided that the area does not have any drainage issues. Using soil doesn’t even have to produce a perfectly flat surface. Most terrains suffice as long as the surface is off-level by one inch or less.

We can also erect pole barns and steel barns on an existing uneven land and level it at a later time. Continue Reading →