How To Choose The Style And Features Of Your Pole Barn

At Lumber One, we have decades of experience building pole barns across central Minnesota. After so many years, we’ve seen people choose many different options and styles with their buildings. If you’re having a hard time deciding on what to do or even what options are available, check out some of our suggestions below!

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When it comes to ensuring your pole barn has the fresh air it needs, you have a few options with Lumber One.

Ventilation doesn’t mean you need to install a full HVAC system, unless your application calls for it. Exhaust fans can be useful if you’re looking for a mechanical solutions. If you want something more stylish, a cupola can bring a flair to the building while providing for ventilation needs. You might also choose a gable or ridge vent.

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Depending on your needs, you may want to consider a lean-to. A lean-to is an additional space to store equipment or firewood to the side of your pole barn, open to the elements from at least two if not three sides.

A lean-to can also be used to cover a patio, if you need a place for your or your employees to relax during off time, or need an outdoor place to work.

Roofing & Siding Materials

For roofing and siding, you have a lot of different options – probably as many as with any home you’ve built.

Most people typically go with steel siding and roofing, as these are long-lasting and extremely durable. You may decide instead to go with a type of wood siding and roofing, depending on your budget and preferred style.

Local Zoning Issues

Some townships and cities may have zoning restrictions on how wide or tall you can build a pole barn. Be sure to look up your local zoning and building codes before you attempt to build your own pole barn, or we may already know from experience.