Category Archives: Pole Barns

Energy Efficient Pole Barn Tips

Energy-Efficient-Pole-Barn-Tips--315Many are aware of the practical and versatile advantages of a modern pole barn structure. However, energy-saving superiority is equally significant. Consider these energy efficient pole barn tips during the construction of a pole barn structure.

The fundamental construction of post-frame buildings with their widely spaced vertical support columns, allow walls and ceilings of the structure to be more uniformly insulated. Beyond the superior insulation advantages, there are plenty of other ways to make sure your building is energy-efficient.

Energy Efficient Pole Barn Tips

Start with the Insulation

Since much of the energy loss in a pole barn is through the high ceilings and roof, pay particular attention to this area during the construction phase. You will gain significant energy efficiency by installing a reflective radiant barrier beneath the roof surface. This material is composed of tiny air pockets that help insulate between the aluminum of the outer roof and the vinyl coating of the barrier material.

Consider the Color and Reflectivity of the Roof Material

In warmer climates, a lighter color roof will reflect a higher percentage of the sun’s rays. This reflective roofing will save substantially on the energy necessary to keep the interior cool. In cooler climates, you may want to consider a darker color that will attract heat and warm the interior.

Low-E Glass Windows Keep Energy In

Low-E windows are designed to keep infrared light from coming into the building. As well as holding heating and cooling energy inside. The Low-E windows are coated with a transparent metallic oxide layer, which restricts the volume of energy that can pass in either direction.

Use Fluorescent Lighting

Fluorescent lighting uses far less energy than other types of lighting. If you need additional lighting specific areas, you should turn them on only when necessary. Today’s LED lights are somewhat more expensive to purchase, but are highly efficient and will last far longer than the older incandescent lighting.

Landscaping Tips

When possible, position the building in the shade if your lot and the building footprint will allow. Try to orient the building for maximum shade during midday and afternoon hours. In warmer seasons, the shade can help to reduce energy bills substantially.

For long-term benefit, consider planting several deciduous trees that will eventually provide more shade. Besides saving money, your building will look more permanent and more aesthetically pleasing.

Properly placed trees will also help to act as barricades to the Midwest’s severe winds. Evergreens and pine trees offer a substantial windbreak that will mitigate those icy gales that blow across the flatlands. Those forces can create wind chill factors that are well below the prevailing temperatures.

Use Energy Star® Appliances

Energy Star-rated appliances use less energy than standard appliances. The initial cost will soon be offset by the substantial savings in your monthly utility cost. Look closely at the projected pole energy usage data on all new appliances to determine what you will save. Think long term, not short term.

Consult an Energy Expert

During construction and even periodically after, consult an energy specialist to conduct a survey to identify any issues and provide feedback regarding your building efficiency. Audits will help you develop the discipline and awareness to be ever conscious of your energy usage.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

To learn more about the energy-saving and practical benefits of post-frame or pole barn buildings, contact the experts at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings. Located in North Webster, Indiana and serving Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan Region. Pacemaker offers decades of experience in perfecting the materials and techniques used for modern, high-quality pole barn structures.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view all kinds of outstanding buildings. For more information, contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at 574-834-4448.

Top Uses for a Garage Pole Barn

Top-Uses-for-a-Garage-Pole-Barn-315When we think of a garage, we naturally envision a place to store cars, pickups, and lawnmowers. However, as we all know, our garages often become places for many other purposes. In fact, as usually happens, we wish we had built more garage space. Especially for those practical and not-so-practical reasons that we had overlooked originally. Consider these uses for a garage pole barn.

How about extra space for a workshop? Or, possibly, you need to find room for that camper or boat that you recently purchased. An indoor place to house those extra cars or even that antique you are restoring would be nice as well.

Make Your Dream Come True

A well-designed post frame or pole barn garage could be the answer to your dreams. Post Frame structures are spacious, inexpensive, practical, and even expandable, able to accommodate your several cars, boat, and camper while also providing a new workshop or office, all in one.

You can create more breathing room within your home as you transfer much of the overflow into a clean, functional post frame garage. The uninterrupted space within, as well as the option of an easily accessible room upstairs, can solve every storage issue you may have.

Creating the Ideal Storage and Workspace in Your Garage Pole Barn

Vehicle Store-All Building

If your lot is sufficiently sized and you want additional space, consider a 32’ x 40’ or smaller pole barn garage that will house all your equipment and vehicles. Make sure the entryways are ample enough for your cars, a motorhome or camper, and boat as well as those smaller toys and gardening equipment.  Typically, overhead 12’ x 12’ doors will accommodate larger coaches, but the key is to confirm in advance so that you do not undersize your entryways.

One of the primary advantages of post frame construction is the massive clear space within, unobstructed by interior vertical beams. This allows you to maneuver and reposition vehicles and machinery easily without excessive turning, backing up, or worrying about causing structural damage to the supporting beams of conventional structures.

Workshop and Storage

Having a pole barn garage workshop lets you install more equipment while providing ample space for supplies and raw materials. The workshop may be adjacent to or above the automobile parking and might even include a den and bathroom above or on one side.

Designs should allow ample light, both natural and artificial, as well as the necessary heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Recreation Room and Storage

Besides allowing ample space for parking your vehicles, why not add a recreation room to your pole barn garage design? This could free up much-needed space in your home while offering a space for family and friends’ fun and entertainment. Allocate a section for a TV viewing area, a pool or ping pong table, or maybe a bar and party room. Add a bathroom and kitchenette, and you may find your family spending more time there than in the house.

Design and Build with Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is a leading manufacturer, designer, and builder of post frame materials and buildings. For over four decades, this Northern Indiana family-owned and operated construction company has created post frame buildings.

The experienced Pacemaker professionals will help you with the design, components, and construction of your custom post frame structure.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view the many beautiful examples of past projects.

If you have any questions, contact the experts at Pacemaker by phoning 888-834-4448.

Interior Finish Options for Your Pole Barn

Interior-Finish-Options-for-Your-Pole-BarnHow you plan to use your pole barn or post frame building will determine the best way to finish your interior. Many post frame builds serve as equestrian centers, equipment storage facilities, schools, churches, firehouses, or even private residences, each demanding a certain type of interior finish. Let’s look at interior finish options for your pole barn or post frame building.

Your interior choices may also depend upon the amount of potential abuse the walls will receive. Offices, for example, will likely have walls clad in a different material than those that house heavy equipment or vehicles.

Build and Insulate

Modern post frame or pole barn buildings are built around large vertical wooden columns that anchor deeply into the ground. These “posts” are typically 6-10 feet apart and support the trusses and the entire roof structure. Since post frame buildings have no interior load-bearing walls, walls can be placed wherever you choose.

Note that before installing an interior wall finish, insulation should be positioned uniformly between the vertical supports. Once completed, the wall and roof surfaces can be installed to create the look you desire.

Here are some interior  finish options for your pole barn building:

Oriented-Strand Board (OSB)

OSB is an engineered-wood product like particleboard. The material is made by compressing layers of aligned wooden strands or flakes with adhesive materials. Some of OSB’s strength comes from the original material, which is usually smaller fast-growing trees from tree farms, rather than from forests. OSB is a product of up to 50 layers of strand material.

OSB can be produced in sheets up to 16-feet, thereby covering most walls without any requiring any horizontal seams between the floor and ceiling.

A downside to OSB is that the material will not accept paint or stain as well as materials like plywood or drywall. If aesthetics is a primary issue, OSB may not be the best choice for your interior.


Plywood was a longtime favorite for flooring and roofing among builders until the less expensive OSB became available. The principal advantages of plywood over OSB happen to be the stiffness and its ability to withstand excessive moisture without signs of damage.

In most instance, plywood is still preferable material as the sublayer for roofing, even though it is more expensive than OSB.

Plywood sheets are generally 8-10 feet in length. Therefore eliminating horizontal seams in post frame buildings that have lofty open space above.

Plywood is lighter weight than OSB, and it will accept paint and stain much better than OSB.


Drywall is the premier choice for walls and ceilings in residences and office-type buildings. Installing insulation first is essential for drywall since this material damages easily when there is excessive exposure to moisture from the outside.

An advantage of using drywall is that you can be plaster or paint it. As well, You may decorate drywall as you wish with hanging lamps, pictures, and other adornments.

Another benefit of modern drywall is its fire-resistant properties, an essential attribute for any structure.

Steel Liner

Steel is especially prevalent in pole or post frame buildings that house vehicles, heavy equipment, and have more potential for inadvertent damaging impact. The material is ideal for firehouses, warehouses, storage facilities, manufacturing, and food processing facilities.

Steel is easier to clean and maintain than other wall materials. Steel paneling will also reflect light better and is fire resistant.

Although steel is a more expensive option, you can expect it to wear and resist damage better. If a panel does become damaged, you can easily replace it with a new one.

Additionally, the ability to regularly hose down and wash floors and walls without damaging the steel panels is a great benefit. In many applications, this characteristic may be a critical determinant.


Another concept for interior finish options for your pole barn is to use a combination of materials. In some instances, using steel as wainscoting to cover the lower parts of certain walls can save money. Areas above that are not vulnerable to damage from water and equipment can be finished with less expensive materials.

Alternatively, using drywall or OSB in office and bathroom areas to complement steel paneling in operational areas is a smart choice.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pole barns and post frame buildings are practical and economical solutions for many applications. Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is a leading manufacturer, designer, and builder of post frame materials and buildings. For four decades, this Northern Indiana family-owned and operated construction company has created post frame buildings for municipal, agricultural, retail, educational, religious, and equestrian uses.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view the many beautiful examples of past projects.

If you have any questions, contact the experts at Pacemaker by phoning 888-834-4448.