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6 Driveway Options for Your Pole Barn

February 6th, 2023 | 12 min. read

Nettie Grubb

Nettie Grubb

Nettie joined the FBi Marketing team in 2022 as the Marketing Content Creator. Nettie grew up just outside of Des Moines, IA. In 2016, she received her BS in Agriculture Communications from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, she has worked in agriculture sales and marketing. She moved to Indiana in 2020. Outside of work, Nettie enjoys quilting, crocheting, crafting, canning, gardening, fishing, and hunting. She is married and enjoys spending time with her husband and dog.

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You will have to prepare your site at the start of your post-frame project. This includes preparing the building location and where to put the driveway to your pole building. During site preparation, you will also need to consider the materials and equipment that will be arriving and have enough room to access and maneuver the site once they arrive at your pole barn construction site. 

There are many things to consider when determining your driveway. Just like when selecting your pole barn flooring, the same options are available for your drive. You can go as simple as dirt to as high-end as block paving. Regarding cost, some customers have stated they spent more on their driveway than on their pole barn. 

Are you planning to leave the entrance as is? Or will you want to add a concrete, asphalt, or gravel driveway? Below you will learn about the six driveway surface options and the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Six Driveway Options for Your Pole Barn

Before we drive on into the driveway cost and details, please keep in mind that pricing will fluctuate from customer to customer. Some factors that impact cost are: 

  • Driveway material
  • Size (both length and width of drive)
  • Thickness
  • Site conditions
  • Contour of site
  • Proximity to a gravel pit
  • Hot-mix batch plant or ready-mix plant
  • Availability/labor cost of a local driveway contractor to install

Another thing to consider is if you are adding on to an existing driveway, you may just need part of it added to or repaired. If you have an old entrance in lousy condition, you will also need to factor in the labor cost to remove the old drive and add a new one. 

As you design your pole barn project, you can add a driveway to your project on our free 3D design tool. A NEW feature lets you see your project design on Google Earth. This can help you determine where to place your building if you are trying to line it up to an existing entrance.

If you have questions about concrete contractors near you or additional site preparation for your project, reach out to your FBi Project Sales Consultant.

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1) Dirt Driveway

Cost: You can spend as little as $0. However, you may have to fill in the dirt, which could be an added cost.

Pro Tip: We would not recommend this option as it will be more difficult for our crews. In addition, you are making an investment in your property by adding a post-frame building. Having a nice drive will ensure a completed and nice-looking project. Adding one of the following options will add value and curb appeal that will last for years to come.

Pros Cons
  • Keeping the ground dirt is the most simple and cheapest option
  • It would not add time to site prep
  • Leaving your entrance as dirt can turn to mud after a rain shower. While this may not seem like a big deal, it can cause equipment to get stuck, delaying your project 
  • It also can play into worker productivity, slowing them down with muddy boots
  • It makes access more difficult and ruts in your driveway



2) Gravel Driveway

Cost: Gravel driveways cost the least, which is why most people opt for them. You can spend roughly $1.50-$3 per square foot

Pros Cons
  • Creates a solid base
  • Affordable option
  • Easy to install
  • Drains well
  • Compacts well
  • Easy to maintain- add crushed stone to potholes
  • May need to have another layer of gravel added every couple of years
  • More difficult for snow removal
  • May need to clean loose rock out of the yard
  • May need to straighten out the edges of the driveway over time
  • Develops potholes



3) Asphalt Driveway 

Cost: The asphalt driveway installation cost is approximately $4-7 per square foot.

Pros Cons
  • Heat-absorbing blackness helps snow and ice to melt on it
  • Asphalt driveway installation does not require curing time or extensive site preparation, and traffic is permitted as soon as the rollers are finished
  • 100% recyclable
  • It provides contrast to parking lines and makes a smooth and attractive driveway
  • Will need to be re-sealed every year
  • Over time, cracks will develop and need to be tarred
  • Frost heave will occasionally cause potholes that will need to be repaired with a patch mix
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Suburban-Alan-Pieczul-1_800x5004) Concrete Driveway

 Cost: $5-$9 per square foot is the initial concrete cost. To add curb appeal, consider adding natural stone to the surrounding landscape. This hobby barn added stone around the concrete drive, and a farm shop added rock and a brick building sign.

Pros Cons
  • Minimal maintenance required
  • Durable
  • Can last 50+ years
  • With proper base, they can handle heavy equipment
  • Cracks will likely appear over time
  • Can stain from vehicle oils
  • Is not DIY friendly for large driveway projects


5) Stamped Concrete DrivewayAdobeStock_457777321

 Cost: Just as stamped concrete patios have risen in popularity, so have stamped concrete driveways. This is a higher-end option and is a great way to elevate your drive to appear like block, brick, or pavers. You can expect the initial installation to be $8-$18 per square foot.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the product type, this may need to be re-sealed periodically
  • Cracks will likely appear over time


6) Block PavingT & Js Services_Retail Building_Commercial Building

Cost: $10-30 per square foot is the block paving cost. Multiple factors play into the cost, including the driveway size, paver type, paver patterns, soil conditions, and if excavation or grading is required.

Pros Cons
  • Create a beautiful first impression of your home or business
  • Durable material
  • Easy to repair
  • Can DIY or hire a company like T&J Landscaping Services
  • Expensive
  • Requires periodic sealing
  • Laborious installation
  • Susceptible to frost heaving


Adding a Driveway Adds Curb Appeal

As you can see, there is a driveway option for every budget as well as every style. For an agriculture pole barn, you may opt for a more traditional gravel driveway. For a suburban project, you may go for a higher-end look like stamped concrete or pavers. 

No matter the driveway material, it plays a key role in the start of your project’s site prep and the final look at the completion of your project.


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