The thing most people don't know about pole buildings is that they can be used for almost any type of building that can be dreamed of. Some of these uses include, shops, arenas, barns, garages, sheds and even houses. The limits are few and the possibilities are many. This page is designed to give you a basic understanding of the terminology for post frame buildings.
Before you start your project you should call your local Building Department and ask if you need a building permit. Listed below are some questions that you should ask the person at the Building Department. Now is also a good time to locate your underground utility's so you won't damage them when you dig. You can go to CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
County or city requirements. Your Building Department can answer all of the following questions:
Is a building permit required?
In almost all county or city jurisdictions a building permit to build a pole building may be required.
What are my set backs for my pole building?
You need to know the distance your new pole building needs to be from your property lines.
Do I have height restrictions for my pole building?
Some city codes have a height restriction on all type of buildings.
What is my snow load?
This is required information for your engineering and is usually determined by the elevation of your property.
What is my wind speed?
This is required information for your engineering, this is usually based on a sustained wind load.
Where should I place my pole building?
Placement will depend on what type of pole building you are erecting so we will cover some basic procedures.
Always consider how much excavation may need to be done. Hole depth for posts will be calculated for undisturbed soil. If fill is needed to raise an area, for the pole building to sit on a flat level surface, then you would need to tell your designers so they can calculate for the added post length.
Consider trees and the landscape both now and in the future, you may want to add on to your pole building at a later date or build a second pole building for another use, such as an horse barn or arena.
In some areas you may have restrictions about a building too close to a river, stream, pond or a wetland.
Terms and Identifying Parts:
In this section we will go over the terminology and identify the parts to a typical pole building. This can help if you plan to purchase a kit from us and make it easier to construct if you choose to do so.
Post and Hole
1. Pressure Treated Post
2. Undisturbed Soil or Virgin Ground
3. Footing or Punch Pad
4. Back Fill ( Always Concrete)
5. Gravel Base
6. Concrete Floor
Gable End View Framing Detail.
2. Corbel Block
4. Purlin Block
6. Corbel Block Bolt
7. Girt Block
8. Commercial Girt
9. Agriculture Flat Girt
10. Door Header
11. Door Post
12. Door Jamb Surround
13. Skirt Board
Basic Metal Trim Parts
1. Ridge Cap
2. Gable Trim
3. Eave Trim
4. Base Trim
5. Outside Corner Trim
6. Jamb Flashing
7. C-Case or J-Molding
Pole Building Styles:
C. Mono Slope
D. Roof Only