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How Much Does a 30' x 48' Pole Barn Kit Cost?

November 2nd, 2020 | 7 min. read

Angie Dobson

Angie Dobson

Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role as Marketing Project Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10 year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. Her and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.

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It’s no surprise that pole barn kits are becoming more popular. They’re an easy option to choose for someone who is interested in building a pole barn but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, or even for those who enjoy tackling DIY projects on their own time. 

Not only that, they’re almost readily available at your larger home improvement stores (think Menards, Lowes, etc.) or through your local post frame builder. However, the main difference will be the quality of materials that make up your material package.FBi doesn’t believe that you have to choose between getting a quality post frame building or a sub-par building package. We offer the same high-quality materials used on our post frame buildings in our pre-designed 30’ x 48’ building kit.

In this article, we will dive deep into the materials and building features that are offered in our 30’ x 48’ pole barn kit and answer any cost-effective questions.

What Does Your Pole Barn Kit Include?

ColumnSuppose you don’t use the best materials possible when constructing your custom pole barn. In that case, you could negatively affect your building’s structural integrity and create room for future repairs that you didn’t account for. 

Keep reading to find out what goes into our material packages and why we believe that high quality is essential.

1. Floor Plans

Each of our pole barn kits is specially designed by our in-house engineering team to ensure structural integrity. These plans will show you where your overhead door, entry door, and windows will be located to get a better idea of the design of your future pole barn. 

2. Columns

Your pole barn kit will also come with laminated columns manufactured at FBi’s on-site truss plant. We ensure that each column has been treated to prevent potential decay and insect damage. If any kind of significant damage from either decay or insects occurs, FBi Buildings offers a lifetime warranty to replace the damaged columns.

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3. Screws

The screws we offer for your kit are stainless steel umbrella head screws. This type of screw prevents rusting and minimizes any leaking that could occur in the roof and the walls. 

4. Steel

Our in-house engineers prefer to use a 29 gauge, heat-treated, full-hard, high-tensile steel with a minimum yield point of 80,000 PSI. Our design team uses harder, quality post frame steel because this steel has an increased resistance against potential damage such as wind, hail, rocks, or any accidents.

To get an idea of the damage our steel can withstand, watch the video below.

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5. Trusses

FBi’s trusses are job-specific and engineered for your building. Our engineering team uses the latest CAD and simulation systems to ensure each truss’s strength and structural integrity. Pre-engineered metal-plated wood trusses are designed per the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7 standards.

We have our very own in-house truss plant where we manufacture our trusses under stringent quality control standards. Our truss plant is regularly certified by a third-party Truss Plate Institute inspection service.

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6. Walk Doors

Our walk doors are made of steel, and they come in four different styles. Each offers protection against the expected and the unexpected demands of nature.

Steel doors with a thermal barrier prevent wintertime heat loss and summertime heat gain. These doors also protect against any potential interior condensation.


Steel doors made of pultruded fiberglass offer the ultimate protection against any weather extremes because this type of material is corrosion resistant and is electrically insulative. This choice would be best to withstand our unexpected and unusual Midwest weather.

7. Windows

To give you unlimited size and style options, we use Simonton’s Pro-Finish contractors series windows. The features of these windows offer quick and easy installation and are energy efficient to help you save on your energy bill. 

8. Overhead Doors

The one thing our pole barn kits do not include is your overhead doors. Our reasoning for this is because of the numerous features and designs each overhead door offers, it’s hard to choose just one for every design. Instead of a standard door, we recommend you to a local overhead door company to choose the best option for your post frame building.

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How Much Will My 30’ x 48’ Pole Barn Kit Cost?

The price of your FBi pole barn kit will vary depending on location, size, and customization. This particular kit starts at $27,819 and could increase in price depending on additional features and current material costs. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that price is only part of the equation.

How Is My Pole Barn Kit Priced?

MSR_LumberAre you a one-stop shopper, or do you prefer to look around? If you like to look around before you make a final decision, you may notice that the kits’ prices vary. Remember, not all pole barn kits are created equally. So, how do you decide which to choose?

A good starting point is to learn how pole barn kits are priced. It’s not uncommon for some post frame companies to price their kits on these three things.

  1. The quality of the products

    Like what we discussed above, the quality of the products does have a factor in the overall price.

    What grade of lumber is being used? What is the gauge of steel? Are you getting laminated columns or single-ply?
  2. The size of your pole barn

    Will a 30’ x 48’ pole barn be big enough for you down the road? Will you need to adjust the height? Will you need to make it bigger? A bigger building will result in a higher price.
  3. Your project location

The price of your pole barn kit will also vary on where you’re located. If you’re close to our corporate headquarters and prefer to pick up your material package, you would be saving on freight costs. However, if you have to have your kit delivered to you, your freight will be calculated by your location. 

To give you an idea of freight charges, let’s take a look at these following locations:

    • If you’re in Kalamazoo, MI, you’d be spending close to $1,267 in freight charges.
    • If your project is located in Tipton, IN you’d be spending close to $917 in freight charges.
    • If you’re in Normal, IL, you’d be spending close to $917 in freight charges.
    • If your project is located in Waterloo, IA, you’d be spending close to $2,317 in freight charges.

Another option to help you save on cost would be to hire a freight company. Some of our customers have opted to go this route instead of having FBi deliver.

There’s no black or white price for post frame buildings. With all of the variables that go into pricing a pole barn, it’s challenging to set an accurate estimate on one size. The “one size fits all” motto, unfortunately, doesn’t work in this industry. 

Are You Ready to Purchase Your 30’ x 48’ Pole Barn Kit?

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As one of the top post frame builders in the Midwest, it’s our job to get you thinking about your building options. Our job is to be 100% honest with you; pole barn kits aren’t for everyone. 

Some people like to take the DIY challenge head-on. Others...not so much. They would prefer to have someone else do the work. Maybe they know a friend of a friend or are willing to pay the extra money and hire a professional building crew to put up their customized building.

Building your own pole building is a commitment. Only you will know if it’s right for you. 

In the end, we hope you get the dream hobby shop, storage building, or man cave you’ve worked hard for and enjoy it for many years to come.

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Do you have more questions that are not covered in this article? If you need help designing and planning, please contact FBi Buildings at 800.552.2981 or click here to email us. If you are ready to get a price, click here to request a quote, and a member of our customer engagement team will help you determine the next steps of your project.