Pole Barn Building New Use Possibilities


When anyone mentions pole barn, your first reaction may be a large, metal or wood-sided building sitting on a piece of agricultural property with vast unobstructed space within. Perfect for keeping animals, machinery, hay, feed, seed, and farm implements. Pole barns or post frame buildings almost always have been mentioned in the context of agriculture.

However, with advances in materials, durability, exterior accessories, and techniques, post frame buildings are common for municipal buildings, retail stores, equestrian centers, fire stations, schools and school annexes, churches. As well as, personal residences.

Pole barn or post frame buildings offer practical and economic advantages. They are durable and versatile, adaptable to just about any use. Having wide, clear, uninterrupted space makes these perfect for large gatherings.

New Uses for Pole Barn or Post Frame Construction

The number of ways post frame buildings are used continues to grow. Here are a few recent applications:

Special Event Centers

Communities realize the value in building an economical and sufficiently sized post frame structure to feature special events, community gatherings, civic affairs, meetings, weddings, small trade shows, reunions, and many other events. Flexible space configurations are a standard benefit of a pole barn. The ability to configure a space with temporary partitions to allow for flexibility of needs from one event to the next.

Truck Repair and Service Building

Tractors, trailers and other large trucks and equipment demand considerable vertical space. Post frame structures offer large entryways. Hence able to accommodate the length, width, and height of massive vehicles and equipment.

RV Maintenance

Perfect for accommodating several large RV vehicles, post frame buildings built without interior vertical supports within allow easy maneuvering by RVs, automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles.

Veterinary Clinic and Boarding Facility

An emerging opportunity, owners of veterinary hospitals and boarding facilities are choosing to use post frame construction for new facilities. These buildings offer significant flexibility for configuring the space as the business needs change.

Dividing sections can include the reception area, clinic, examination rooms, boarding kennels, and indoor play areas. Thus, repartitioning to accommodate shifts in business demand is a big advantage of a post frame structure.

Why are Post Frame Buildings Becoming Popular for So Many Applications?

The reasons for post frame/pole barn popularity can be summarized as cost, versatility, flexibility, and durability.


Post frame structures allow for efficient use of materials and labor, easier site prep, and a shorter time from plan to completion. In addition, a post frame building is often more energy efficient than conventional structures because insulating materials can be more uniformly installed.


You can style and configure a post frame building for any purpose. With no permanent load-bearing walls, it’s simple to reconfigure the structure.  For instance, the interior space of an office building can accommodate a growing staff with by easily moving partitions. Similarly, in a residence, no need to endure a major remodeling project and expense, when you need to add or remove bedrooms.


Because of the wide 6-10-foot spacing between the vertical columns, adding a new section to an existing building is much easier than with other types of construction.


Post frame buildings are built with treated wooden columns usually anchored onto concrete at least four feet beneath ground level. During a heavy windstorm, post frame structures fare very well. Due to the fact of its ability to redirect wind forces evenly into the earth through the posts. Conventional buildings attached to a foundation often snap off at the ground level causing the damage that we often see.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings for More Information

For more information, contact the experts at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings located in Northern Indiana and serving Southwest Michigan and Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.

Visit the Pacemaker website to view some of the many uses of their completed structures.

Phone Pacemaker at 1-888-834-4448.

How to Qualify for a Mortgage for a Post Frame Barn


Qualifying for a mortgage for a post frame barn, equestrian center, or other agricultural building is not so different than for any other building. However, because the completed cost and operating expenses of a post frame barn are often less than with commercial or steel buildings, qualifying may be simpler.

In fact, some lenders specialize in financing post frame or post-and-beam agricultural and commercial buildings and even post frame residences.

Quality Construction Merits Financing

With today’s techniques and materials, modern post frame structures can meet FNMA approval and fixed rate requirements if they are to be, even partially, designated as a residence.

But future owners of post frame barns used strictly for agriculture can have an easier avenue today to secure full financing. The key is to shop around for a bank that specializes in this type of financing.

We recommend these financial companies:

  • The First National Bank of Monterey

    1049 Lakeshore Drive
    Culver, IN 46511

  • First Farmers Bank & Trust

    123 N Jefferson Street
    Converse, IN 46919

  • 1st Source Bank

    PO Box 1602
    South Bend, IN 46634

Many banks across the country understand the value that a practical and long-lasting post frame barn brings to an active farming business.

Check out your options before you proceed.

HELOC Borrowing Option

Always a practical option for a homeowner with sufficient equity in their residence, a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) may allow you to borrow the necessary amount to construct the post frame barn by using your home equity as security.

The potential benefits of a HELOC are:

  • Typically, a lower interest rate for a longer period
  • Interest is often tax deductible, same as your home mortgage
  • Secured loans are easier to obtain
  • Risk is low since the value of your property or business will increase by at least the amount of the loan
  • Once a HELOC is opened, you may borrow against it again in the future as you pay down the existing balance

Paying Cash

Saving and paying cash is always an acceptable option for paying for a new post frame barn. You might tap your savings or sell some unneeded assets, and the benefit is that you will not have recurring payments. As a result, 100% of the building belongs to you or your business from the outset.


Financial Benefits of a Well-Designed Post Frame Barn

Whether you choose a loan or pay cash, post frame construction is often the least-cost way to proceed for several reasons:

  • Lower Cost. Cost-per-cubic-foot is often less than other construction methods due to efficient use of materials and labor, lower energy usage, shorter time to completion, and frequently less site preparation.
  • Right-Sizing and Expandability. Post frame buildings can be built for present and near-future needs, keeping in mind that expansion is a simple process. Because the vertical supports are widely spaced, adding to your original building is easier with post frame buildings.
  • Lower Energy Costs. Due to the wide spacing of the vertical posts, the sides and ceilings of post beam buildings are more uniformly insulated.


Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

For questions about the design or recommendations regarding the financing of a new post frame barn, contact the experts at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings. Located in Northern Indiana and serving Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Ohio.  Pacemaker designs, manufactures, builds, and consults for post frame structures.

Common uses for Post Frame Buildings:

  • Agricultural
  • Equestrian
  • Commercial
  • Municipal
  • Residential

For over four decades, the Pacemaker professionals have helped forward the technology and applications of modern, durable, and attractive post frame buildings.

Visit the Pacemaker website to see examples of their many extraordinary projects.

Or, phone the Pacemaker professionals with any questions at 888.834.4448.

Roofing Options for Your Pole Frame Barn

Roofing-Options-for-Your-Pole-Frame-Barn-315Pole frame barns have been around for decades. During that time, the materials and techniques have improved to transform this type of construction into a suitable option for more than only agricultural structures. Today, pole or post frame methods with so much unobstructed space within are perfect for warehouses, retail structures, municipal buildings, fire stations, churches, schools, and even residences.

Selecting the best roofing style and material for your pole frame barn depends on factors that include weather, the durability of materials, and aesthetics. In heavy snow areas, you should select a roofing style and material that will allow the snow to slide easily off the roof to minimize excess load.

Alternatively, you may want to match the barn roofing with the roofing style and material of the home or other surrounding buildings.

Styles of Pole Barn Roofs

Owners generally have four options for pole frame barn roofs. These are:

  • Gambrel roof
  • Hip roof
  • Shed roof
  • Gable roof

Gambrel Roofs maximize the space above the trusses and offer additional headroom and storage on the upper floor. Although framing for gambrel roofing is a bit more complicated, the extra space and the traditional barn appearance can be worth the effort.

Hip Roofs are not typical on barns, but many choose them to match their home architecture. Some cubic footage on the top floor is lost due to the slanted angles of all four sides and ends.

Shed Roofing is a single slanted plane roof profile that is simplest to build. This method is often used for smaller barns and outbuildings and minimizes accumulated snow in northern climates

Gable Roofs consist of two equally pitched sides and is probably the easiest to frame. This traditional A-shaped roof is excellent for shedding snow and provides reasonable storage space, less than gambrel roofs, but more than hip and shed roof systems. Ventilation is superior with gable roofing.

Roofing Materials for Pole Frame Barns

Metal Roofing

The appropriateness of roofing materials for pole frame barns depends upon the circumstances. If snow is a significant factor, metal roofing is preferred because of the material’s ability to allow snow and ice to slide off unrestricted to the ground.

In addition, quality metal roofing will last up to three times longer than asphalt shingles under normal conditions. As well as possibly longer in extreme climates.

Metal roofing is more environmentally sustainable. Often made from recycled metal and is itself recyclable, metal is energy efficient and reflects heat away in the summer months. The material is “leak-free” and can withstand high winds and severe conditions better than asphalt tiles.

Although metal roofing is more expensive, the combination of long-lasting and energy efficient will offset the cost difference over time.

Check with local zoning authorities before installation.


Shingles, asphalt or other types, are less expensive to install than metal. Some pole frame barn owners choose to match their home or other neighborhood buildings by staying with shingles.

Asphalt shingles come in a wide range of styles and colors. Many consider shingles to be more attractive and less “industrial” than metal roofing. When the time comes for replacement, you always have the choice to change to other more fitting colors.

Check with Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

The longtime experts in post frame construction in Northern Indiana and the surrounding region, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings understands the needs of pole frame barn owners. Whether the structure is for storing equipment, housing animals, or keeping grains and hay dry, Pacemaker can help with the design and construction. The company will supply all the parts and will advise the appropriate roof options for your barn.

Visit the Pacemaker website to learn more about post or pole frame buildings, or phone 888.834.4448.