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Hardware Options for a Pole Frame Barn

Hardware-Options-for-a-Pole-Frame-Barn-315Pole frame or post frame buildings are descriptive terms for a framing and construction technique that provides durability and practicality for commercial, municipal, agricultural, residential, and retail construction. Pole or post frame building techniques first gained popularity as agricultural and equestrian buildings decades ago. While the method of construction has evolved with modern materials and techniques, the real advantages of post or pole frame building are readily apparent.

Post frame buildings are easier to construct, require less labor and materials, provide more open space for maneuvering, and, by design, endure high winds and devastating storms better than many conventional structures.

Pole frame buildings are extremely versatile. Depending on their intended use, the industry offers a full catalog of hardware options.

Choosing the Right Pole Frame Building Doors

A major decision for selecting the appropriate hardware will pertain to the type of pole frame exterior doorways to be installed. This decision depends on several variables, but the size of the opening is most important. Whether you will be entering and exiting with a truck or tractor or will need access for horses or other animals, the door opening must be substantial.

In any case, the type of door and the appropriate hardware will be an important decision. Doors and hardware can be both functional and decorative. In areas where snow and ice are a seasonal threat, the larger doors may be overhead garage-type doors that will operate without having to clear away snow from the entrance. These may also be sliding doors although placing the tracks on the inside is preferable.

In warmer climates, normal human-powered hinge doorways should work, although opening and closing large doors can be strenuous.

Hardware for the Right Purpose

Specialty door hardware for pole frame structures is available is many types and styles. Hardware can add to the appearance of the structure while providing practical advantages.

From a functional standpoint, the hardware design for a sliding door needs to be:

  • Handle heavy door weights that can range from 200 lbs up to 5,000 lbs
  • To manage sizes from 7’ to 24’ feet in height and up to 50’ in width

The tracks and other materials for the hardware should be made from heavy gauge steel. Therefore to withstand severe conditions and massive loads.

Determining the Type of Hinges to Use on Swinging Doors

The type of hardware to install depends upon these factors:

  • Frequency: More robust hinges and hardware are important to survive frequent daily opening and closing.
  • Frame or Door Jamb Construction: Ensure that the material and construction of the door jamb are capable of withstanding heavyweights and stress levels.
  • Door Size and Weight: Heavier doors require heavy-duty hinge construction.

Hardware for Swinging Doors

For swinging doors, hinges are made from higher grade steel than for standard doors to withstand heavier loads. The finish for the hardware should be treated also to prevent deterioration in harsh weather conditions.

Manual or automatic doors need strap-type door hinges engineered to handle weights up to 5,000 pounds. Furthermore,  if properly mounted to substantial metal or wood door jambs can handle even higher weights.

Additionally, opening and closing doors frequently require sturdy hardware.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

For more information regarding the use and installation of the appropriate doors and hardware for your pole frame barn or equestrian center, contact the professionals at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings. With over four decades of experience designing and perfecting post frame buildings, the experts understand the issues and advantages surrounding this affordable and durable construction.

Visit the Pacemaker website or call 888.834.4448 to find answers to any questions.

The Advantages of Using Post Frame Buildings for Barns and Equestrian Centers


Prospective barn and equestrian center owners have an extensive list of requirements to guarantee the structure matches their expectations. Especially to meet the requirements of functionality, cost, aesthetics, and durability. Coming up short in any of these areas can be regrettable and costly.

Post frame construction is the perfect option for barns and equestrian centers. Inherently adaptable, with wide, clear space within, post frame construction allows for unobstructed movement and notable flexibility.

What is Post Frame Construction?

An early form of post frame construction, pole barns, has been used for agricultural purposes for nearly a century. Over the decades, newer methods and materials have increased the viability of post frame construction for many other purposes.

Today, civic buildings, schools, retail outlets, fire stations, schools, new barns, equestrian centers, schools, and even private residences use post frame technique. The building exteriors may be clad and finished with just about any material or architectural feature that may be used with standard construction methods.

While post frame construction is relatively simple, the architectural engineering that produces a highly durable, versatile, sustainable, and practical structure is complex. Post frame buildings consist of widely spaced, pressure-treated heavy wooden columns anchored securely in the ground at depths of at least four feet. Secured to these vertical members are support girts and trusses that are connected without concrete, masonry or conventional wood or metal studs. As a result, external forces from high winds and even tornadoes are redirected through the vertical pillars and directly into the ground beneath.

Important Advantages of a Post Frame Barn or Equestrian Center


Barns and equestrian centers require open space to be effective. Obstructions like load-bearing vertical beams in conventional buildings present problems when maneuvering tractors, equipment, and horses within the structure. Backing up, turning around, and reversing is simple when these obstructions.

Also, when storing supplies and feed for animals, loading and unloading are easier without the interference of space-limiting obstructions.

Adaptability and Flexibility

As an owner’s needs change, interiors of any post frame building can be redesigned to accommodate more or fewer interior rooms or walls. No interior partition is load-bearing. Hence additional stalls and storage areas can be easily added to the building.

If the original structure becomes too small for growing requirements, expansion is simpler than with conventional construction. Upright support beams are 8-10 feet apart in post frame structures. Thus a new addition may be added that immediately provides wide access from the original building.


Post frame construction offers more for less.

First, the design itself costs less due to its simplicity. Secondly, site prep only requires grading to level the surface.

Also, the elapsed time from start to finish for a post frame building is roughly half of a conventional structure. Labor and material costs are substantially less.

As well operating costs are lower. Eight foot spacing between vertical posts and deep cavities of the 4” support beams allow for more efficient insulation application. The standard 12 to 16-inch spacing with “stick frame” wooden framing creates many more “breaks” in the insulation.  And therefore a greater opportunity for energy loss.


Everything in a post frame building is recyclable. Furthermore, wood is a renewable resource. These elements, plus higher energy efficiency, make post frame building for agricultural and equestrian use a truly eco-friendly option.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings, strategically headquartered in North Webster, Indiana, at the approximate center of the triangle created by metro Chicago, Indianapolis, and Detroit, is a leader in designing, manufacturing, and constructing post frame buildings for every application. Past and current projects include municipal and civic buildings, agricultural structures, residences, retail buildings, and more.

To view some examples of Pacemaker’s outstanding projects, check out Our Gallery website section to see some amazing results in a range of categories.

For more information about post frame construction, call the Pacemaker experts at 1-888-834-4448.

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How to Build a Pole Barn

How to Build a Pole Barn -315Pole barns have been part of the American landscape for decades. As a versatile and economical solution for agricultural buildings that offers plenty of clear space for storage, animals, and equipment, these buildings require fewer materials and less labor to construct.

The essential approach used to construct pole barns has not changed much. However, one of the main transformations in pole barns has been in the materials and structural engineering that make the structures more durable and capable of withstanding even the most violent wind and weather conditions.

Post Frame Construction Improves Pole Barns

Originally, pole barn construction consisted of round wooden or metal poles sunk into the ground and clad with various siding materials, usually metal. While these constructions were practical and durable, builders have begun to opt for a different type of framing, known as post-frame construction. This method utilizes treated square sawn-wood posts or laminate for durability. This design and engineering are far more sophisticated than with previous pole barn methods.

In most areas, the posts are sunk to a depth of four feet and anchored in concrete piers or protected by metal sleeves. The posts are typically spaced 8-feet apart. Other structural reinforcements have been developed to secure the wide-span trusses to the frame to maintain integrity under any conditions.

Post frame construction has been so successful that the method is being used for fire departments, civic buildings, schools, churches, warehouses, and even residences in addition to agricultural buildings.

Building with Post Frame Construction

One primary advantage of using post frame construction for agricultural buildings is the simplicity of design. While proven to be more substantial than conventional construction during extreme weather conditions, post frame buildings are simpler to construct.

Factors to Consider When You Build a Pole Barn:

Study the Site

Building a post frame building is easier than with other types of construction. Fewer materials, less labor, and quicker time to completion make post frame building highly desirable.
First, you must ensure your site is as flat as possible and drainage is sufficient before the construction begins. Also, in very windy areas, it is a good idea to consider prevailing winds directions to position the building to minimize wind impact. Also, think about future expansion and accessible space if you may be adding on at a later time.

Codes and Permits

To avoid delays, ensure your plan meets building codes for your area, city, or state. Civic buildings require more stringent guidelines than agricultural structures.

Structural Design and Engineering

Designs should address elements such as soil conditions, snow loads, and the wind to determine both the types of materials and reinforcing members and the hardware.
In most areas, the vertical posts are sunk at least four feet into the ground and anchored to withstand heavy winds. As the wind strikes a post frame structure, the forces should be distributed equally through the posts into the ground beneath, eliminating the unbalanced upward forces that destroy other buildings.


During the design phase, try not to skimp on space. Sometime later, you may regret building your barn too small. Moreover, plenty of clear space will allow you to move more freely and store more supplies and equipment. If your  barn is for horses, additional space for maneuvering, plus a tack room, are very beneficial.


Designers should try to complement the architectural qualities of nearby homes and buildings. Such claddings as metal siding, stone, brick, wood, and stucco are available to create the best possible appearance for your barn.


Barns and other buildings that house animals should be well ventilated to keep the air flowing and make the space more comfortable. Windows and doors should be properly positioned to assist circulation and provide natural light. Proper ventilation removes accumulated moisture and eliminates smells and stale air. Powered ventilation may be the best solution for animal shelters.

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