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Site preparation is essential because this will ensure your pole barn’s foundation is stable. This, in turn, ensures the overall structural integrity of your post frame building.Once site preparation is complete and a building pad has been established, pole barn construction can now begin.
Which Foundation Type is Best for My Pole Barn?
Not every post frame building will require the same foundation. This is great news for those who wish to opt-out of concrete to save money for a different building feature.
A cold storage building is a good example of where a concrete foundation isn’t necessary.
On the flip side, concrete is highly recommended for a post frame home as a dirt floor will require more cleaning than we think you’d want to tackle.
Let’s take a look at each pole barn style and which foundation type works best for that option.
1) Farm Buildings
There are numerous sub-styles of farm buildings that can be designed and constructed:
You can get creative when designing the post frame horse barn of your dreams. Thankfully this is easy to do thanks to our Design Online Tool which allows you to see a 3D version of your vision come to life.
The only areas in your horse barn that might see a concrete slab is in the tack room or viewing area into the riding arena.
However, pouring concrete as a walkway outside of the stalls is not out of the question, either.
For the most part, it is to be expected that your post frame foundation in an equine building will be dirt, gravel, or more typically a sand mixture in the barn itself.
You won’t need anything fancy inside the stalls, so dirt will work perfectly here since it will be covered with shavings or hay anyway.
Dirt or a sand mixture is also the recommended foundation for indoor riding arenas. You’ll have a much more pleasant riding experience than you would with gravel or concrete.
Are You Ready to Select Your Pole Barn Foundation?
Now that you’ve had time to read through post frame foundation options and see our recommendations, have you decided which foundation you’ll choose for your new pole barn?
If you’re unsure of where to begin, you can always find inspiration on our Pinterest page for all things post frame buildings.
You can also give our post frame professionals a call so they can walk you through the process and answer any lingering questions you might have.
Our goal is to help you feel confident in designing your post frame building so that you’ll love the finished product when it’s all said and done.
No matter which pole barn foundation you decide to opt for, just remember to always build with confidence.
Do you have more questions about pole barn foundations 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’re 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.