Posted on: 8 June 2022Share
If you're building a pole barn, it can be tempting to save money by opting for as few features as possible. However, building a bare-bones pole barn often ends up costing you more later on when you're using the pole barn. Often, it is worth designing your pole barn in a way that will allow your to save money later on. You might pay a little more for these features up-front, but they'll save you money down the road.
A Poured Concrete Floor
Pole barns often have dirt floors by default, but companies often give you the choice of having a concrete floor poured. You can do this later once the building has been built, but that does make it more difficult for the concrete company, which means they'll have to charge more. Even if you're not sure whether or not you'll need a concrete floor, the most affordable option is to have one installed when you're having the pole barn built. Having that concrete floor will also allow you to use the pole barn in more ways, such as for storage or as a garage, and that can save you some money too.
Galvanized Steel Panels
Pole barns are typically made with either aluminum or galvanized steel panels. Aluminum is cheaper, but it is usually worth paying more for steel. The galvanization process will keep the steel from rusting. Steel is a lot sturdier than aluminum and will not dent, bend, or suffer other damage as easily. So, you're likely to have fewer repair costs if you pay a little more for a galvanized steel pole barn over an aluminum one.
Chances are, your needs will change or expand in the future. You might need more storage space, or you may take on a new hobby that requires more space. If you build your pole barn a bit bigger now, you'll have room to grow inside that same pole barn. If you were to instead build a smaller pole barn, you might end up paying more to rent a storage unit or build a second building down the road. It's cheaper to build a larger building than to build two smaller buildings.
If you design your pole barn with your future needs in mind, you can save money in the long run. Don't be afraid to spend a little more on your barn to get what you really need.
Contact a pole barn construction company, such as Affordable Pole Barns, for more information.