Pole barns require a low initial investment, but the maintenance cost is slightly on the higher side. Every Utah citizen who wishes to own a pole barn must be clear with its purpose. Also, they need to be constructed accordingly. Utah pole barns are usually made from all-wood material with asphalt shingles.
But, with new technology advancements, the construction material used in building pole barns have also improved. All the wood material used for constructing pole barns in Utah must comply with the AWC (American Wood Council) standards. The material used for interior finishing or building the outer structures must be fire-resistant. The pole barns are not restricted to wooden structures, metal sidings and galvanized steel roofs are also used.
Now, let’s discuss how to choose the perfect pole barns for your needs.
Identify your Needs
Ask yourself, why do you need pole barns? Whether to store food, crops, or livestock? If you wish to have a wider structure to park vehicles, store heavy machinery, or other equipment, you may have to set-up a dual-use pole barn building.
Another critical point is how you wish to enter and exit the structure, one-way or two-way. Make a note of the tallest items that would be stored there, and increase or reduce the pole barns’ height accordingly. Typically, in Utah, the height of pole barn buildings range from 10′ to 20′.
Hire Professional Installers
Many people in Utah have started to live in pole barn houses. The most common places where pole barn houses are built are Ogden, West Valley City, Logan, and Orem.
If you have plans to build a Utah pole barn house, garage, or warehouse, contact a professional builder. Only experienced and certified professional pole barn builders will deliver quality. Look for a builder with valid licenses and insurance to be assured about the construction. They may also guide you with the requirements necessary to build a pole barn house or garage.
For instance, they will guide you about design or pattern suits your needs, which color suits the interiors, how many doors and windows must be there for proper ventilation, etc.
Check Building Codes and Permits
Different regions and locations have a set of code enforcement in their areas. The Duchesne County grants permission to build pole barns in Utah. Some cities may not allow steel skin building, and you may have to opt for a brick veneer. Some neighborhoods lay a restriction on how tall your building can be.
Some communities insist on adding hurricane clips, beefing up the top plate, adding gravel, or concrete footer in the hole. Before choosing the pole barns, make sure you have the necessary consent and permissions from the local authorities.
Choose the Construction Material Wisely
The stronger the foundation, the longer is the life of pole barns. Make sure the building material used in the construction can withstand the harsh climate. Heavy snowfall and hurricanes are frequent occurrences in Utah. The average temperature during snowfall ranges between 10°F to 30°F. If your trusses are built with weak snow load, you may experience repairing issues later.
The wind loads and snow loads vary by location. For instance, in Oklahoma, the trusses are built for a 20-pound snow load and a 90 MPH wind load.