Pole barn columns, also known as posts, are the backbone of your post-frame building. They bear the weight of the entire roof system (including purlins and trusses) and ensure all structural loads (such as snow and wind) are transferred to the foundation. In other words, posts play a significant role in your pole barn’s structural integrity. However, it’s common to encounter rotted wood in older post-frame buildings dating back to the 1980s and 1990s.
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Post-frame construction is well known for its design flexibility and durability. If built correctly, your pole barn can last 50+ years, ready to be passed down to the next generation. But life happens, and the next thing you know, you’re renovating your existing post-frame building.
"To build a new pole barn or to renovate your existing post-frame building, that is the question." Or at least that's the post-frame construction version of William Shakespeare's famous play titled "Hamlet."
The beauty of post-frame construction is its flexible design to meet your building needs long after your pole barn is completed. In fact, it's not uncommon to renovate an existing post-frame building for a new purpose.
As a post-frame builder, we're frequently asked by potential customers, "Can you lift an existing pole barn?" Typically, these customers are farmers who want to raise their post-frame building height to store larger farm equipment. For example, the evolution of a combine has grown since our parents and grandparents started farming.