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Is Renovating a Pole Barn Practical?
Angie Dobson

By: Angie Dobson on October 22nd, 2018

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Is Renovating a Pole Barn Practical?


Over time, post frame buildings, aka pole barns, can lose their original luster...especially if they’re anywhere from 50-60 years old. We’ve all seen it before–the metal is starting to rust, the sliding doors aren’t functioning as they should, and you’ve been struggling with a roof leak that you just can’t seem to fix...no matter how many times you get someone to come out and look at it.

Your first thought is probably somewhere along the lines of, “I thought my building would last longer than this,” and we don’t blame you for thinking that. Post frame buildings can cost a lot of money and we want your building to last you as long as possible.

But, if your building does fall in the 50-60-year-old category there is a strong chance that it was built prior to all of the building innovations that started first at our company.

The good news? We’ve learned a lot since 1958, and our repair and renovation crews specialize in just that...repairing and renovating your post frame buildings.

However, the biggest question is this, “Is renovating a post frame building practical?”

Our answer to that is, “What are you looking to have done?

I know, I know...another vague question when you’re just simply looking for a yes or no answer. But, it is our job to be upfront and honest with you. We don’t want you to spend any more money than what you have to.

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Key Pole Barn Renovation Questions to
Ask Yourself:

  • Are you wanting to do a complete reskin of the walls and roof?Storm Damage Repair_After_Blog
  • Are you wanting to replace existing windows or doors?
  • Are you changing a sliding door to an overhead door?
  • Are you adding an interior liner to your existing building?
  • Are you wanting to insulate the walls or roof?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then our answer for you would be, “Yes..it is practical to renovate your post frame building.

Why? Because renovations like this are more cost-effective than putting up a brand new building. However, keep in mind the following:

  • Larger buildings are more expensive to re-skin than a 24x32 garage.
  • The cost to replace existing windows or doors will depend on what manufacturer you decide to go with AND if you’ve decided to add more windows or doors than what you already have
  • The cost to change out a sliding door to an overhead door will depend on what size of overhead door you decide to go with...the bigger the door, the more structural bracing we have to do on our end.
  • Is your building already prepped for an interior liner? If the answer is “yes” then you’re already saving costs...if it’s “no” then your costs will be going up.
  • What type of insulation are you wanting to use for your walls or roof? The type you pick will influence your price.

Additional Pole Barn Renovations Questions to
Ask Yourself:

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  • Are your columns starting to rot and need to be replaced?
  • Are you wanting to do serious renovations, such as adding a loft or lean-to?
  • Has your post frame building (no matter the builder) moved off of its foundation?
  • Are you looking to upgrade your trusses to be able to withstand the appropriate wind loads?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then our answer for you would be, “It’s not really practical to renovate your post frame building.”

Why? Because renovations like this can be just as much as putting up a new pole barn or post frame building. I bet you’re shocked...right?

The reasoning? These types of renovations require more labor, materials, and collaboration with our in-house engineers and designers.

If you fall into this category then we would also recommend getting a quote on a new building as well. My guess is you will be surprised what the difference comes out to be.

Overall, when you want the experience, materials and knowledge necessary to quickly restore (or even replace) your building to its original condition, call the FBi Service Team. We work on all building brands...no matter when it was built. See the before and after photos of our Post Frame Renovations in our Repair and Renovations gallery. 

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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 usIf 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.

About 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.