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How Much Does it Cost to Reskin a 30 x 40 Pole Barn?

April 19th, 2021 | 8 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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Is your post frame building showing signs of old age? Are the original color choices starting to become more of an eyesore to your newly renovated home? 

Because your post frame structure is exposed to the elements every day, building wear and tear is inevitable.

Some weathering is minor and won’t impact your pole barn's structural integrity. Meanwhile, some aging can become worse over time if not taken care of immediately.So, how do you know if and when your pole barn is ready for a minor repair or major renovation

Whether your 30’ x 40’ building needs a minor face-lift or a complete overhaul, in this article, we will cover the three reasons you should invest in your older pole barn, in addition to the factors that influence the cost to reskin your existing building.

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3 Reasons You Should Invest In Your Older Pole Barn

Maybe you purchased a property with an existing pole barn or already have a pole barn in the backyard that needs some TLC. If your post frame building appears to be in good condition, why not fix it up? 

Here are the three reasons you should invest in your older pole barn


1) The wood framing is good.

Structural integrity is a critical component of post frame construction. If your pole barn isn’t bowing, sagging, or lifting at any point, it’s more than likely salvageable.

Most of these issues can be seen by inspecting your building first. If you see bowing in the trusses or the columns are lifting or settling, the next step would be to call your post frame builder.

These experts know to look for wear and tear signs that can jeopardize structural integrity. If building damages are found, a pole barn builder with dedicated repair teams can fix the issues at hand.

If your building has structural damage that jeopardizes its integrity, it would be a good idea to weigh the costs to fix these damages instead of building new.

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2) You don’t need a new post frame building.

Your pole barn may not look like it once did, but it works for you and your needs.

If you plan to utilize this space as a hobby shop, garage, or extra storage in general, you may want to consider a pole barn renovation – especially if the wood framing is good.

energy efficiency_good for budget3) You don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Building a new pole barn can be costly. If you’re satisfied with the building’s size and purpose, why not consider renovating it to meet your needs?

Pole barn repairs and renovations can be a cost-effective solution for extending your structure’s life cycle depending on what repairs are needed. Not only will your bank account be happy, but your post frame building will have greater longevity, and the resale value of your property could improve.

Sure, a brand new pole barn is a great way to ensure you get decades of use out of it. But, a simple renovation can have the same lasting effect, and you’ll be saving money along the way.

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5 Factors that Influence the Cost to Reskin a Pole Barn

Similar to figuring out how much a pole barn costs, the cost to reskin a pole barn (or any other type of existing structure) is influenced by these five factors. 

1) Type of Building

The type of building that you want to reskin will certainly influence the cost. For example, a standard 30x40 post frame building will be cheaper for you to reskin than a standard 30x40 block building. 

FBi’s repair crews can certainly reskin block buildings, but extra material will be needed. The crews will first attach furring strips to the existing structure. Once that is done, the new steel will go over the strips.

Renovated Barn2) Labor to Remove Current Steel (Nailed vs. Screwed)

Another factor that will influence cost is how the existing steel is fastened to the building. If the steel is nailed in place, you will be paying more to remove it than if it is screwed in place. 

Let’s pretend that you have a 30x40 post frame building that has the steel nailed in place. You could potentially spend an additional 15% - 20% more in labor to remove the steel. If you want to know an exact number, that would be roughly $1,200 - $1,500 more in labor.

3) Size of Building

The size of your building will undoubtedly influence the cost. The larger the building, the more money you will be spending on material, supplies, labor, etc. 

Larger buildings typically take more time to remove the steel and install the new material. 


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4) Building Location

Another factor to consider is the location of your building to the local repair crew (or even the headquarters of your preferred post frame builder). 

You will have travel costs incurred in your price, as well as delivery and freight costs. If it’s a certain distance, a “stayover” cost might be incurred. 

5) Repair Crew Size

Lastly, how many crew members will it take to renovate your building? If your building is on the smaller size (think 40x60 or less), you could get away with fewer men than a building that is 40x60 or greater. 

How Much Does it Cost to Reskin a 30’ x 40’ Pole Barn?

Unfortunately, trying to figure out reskin costs is not a black and white scenario. It can get gray depending on the factors that were mentioned above.

For example, if your existing post frame structure has steel that is screwed in place, you would be looking at a minimum of $1.15 per square foot to remove the current steel, as well as a minimum of $0.80 to put the new steel back on. You would also be incurring the price of new steel, which starts at $2.00 per square foot.

Please keep in mind that these prices will fluctuate depending on the current state of the commodity markets. 


Will You Be Reskinning Your Pole Barn?

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After reading about pole barn repairs and renovations, do you think reskinning your existing building is the route you will take? 

As long as your pole barn is structurally sound, you can’t go wrong with giving your pole barn a facelift.  

FBi’s Repair and Renovation Specialists will help you throughout the process to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money. 

We’ll also let you in on a bit of a secret. You don’t have to have an FBi building for us to do the work. That’s right. We’ll do repair and renovation work on any building, regardless of the original builder. 

If you have a project in mind, feel free to give us a call at (800) 552-2981. We’ll be glad to give you a quote. 

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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.