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Old 09-26-2007, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pole Barn vs Stud Wall

Thinking of building, what are the pro's and cons of each. Also about how much more % wise is a stud barn than a pole barn? Thanks
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Old 09-27-2007, 12:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Metal studs will cost more, how much more I don't know. Im guessing about 25% total difference than a regular pole/wood structure.
As far as pros and cons ...? I am going to build my shop/possible home as a basic pole building shell structure (wood) then frame out the living quarters etc inside that. I will probably use galvanized metal for the siding and roof. Wood is a lot easier to manipulate (cut/adjust) than steel.
I believe "Idlechatter" went with steel for his set up because he wanted a large open/span area. However you can get a pretty good span put of good glue lam beam(s) and/or structurally placing steel posts/beams as needed inside a pole set up.. Longevity goes to steel for sure. But wood will last plenty long as well.
Ill only be around another 40 more years tops and my structure will have at least another 40 years or more to go. So it all depends on you and what you are looking for.
So in a nutshell wood is easier is you are going to do it yourself and its cheaper. Steel for longevity/extra strength, etc and mo money.
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post is cheaper then framing walls up. kinda depends on what you are using it for too
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Old 09-27-2007, 08:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't know exact numbers. But your biggest extra cost for stud wall is the foundation. If you go over 4 or 500 square feet you will probably have to put in footings which can get expensive real quick. As with a pole building drill some holes dump in a bag of concrete and start building.

I am just finishing a 30X40X10 pole building. With shingled roof,two tone steel sides, 5 windows, 16X8 insulated overhead door and a service door. I've got just under 7K in materials. I don't think I could do a stud frame with footings for anywhere close to that.
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Planning on 40x80x16' will be used as a shop and living area in 20' of the end. Will also be insulated and finished in the shop area.
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We have found here that it is best if you want posts to put them on a concrete wall/foundation.
It may take 25 years but the posts will rot off at ground level.

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Originally Posted by 80K10/6.5TD;2032022;
We have found here that it is best if you want posts to put them on a concrete wall/foundation.
It may take 25 years but the posts will rot off at ground level.

Merle
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This is the same discussion I had with myself last year, prior to building mine.
I chose a stud walls over pole for a variety of reasons.
Stud walls are cake to drywall and insulate and in my opinion make a quieter, higher quality finished building.
The footer agruement is real and in my town I needed footers and poured walls, or block on top of the footer, definately extra bucks.

The cost for me to build the entire building myself including all site work and concrete was about $17K for a 30' x 40' x 10' building.
That cost is with a 5" floor, 6 courses of block on the footers, all wood shingles, concrete, siding and an insulated door.

A pole building of similar dimensions, built for me, with the concrete was exactly the same price.

I have no idea how the one guy here did it for $7k.

Now a pole building would have been done in a couple weeks, instead of the year I spent doing it after work myself.

I do feel that the stud walls are better but it does cost more money. I hang out in my garage every night working on stuff, so a nice quite comfortable building was my priority.
If its just for storage and less daily work, the pole barn is a cheaper faster option.

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Old 09-28-2007, 05:04 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 80K10/6.5TD;2032022;
We have found here that it is best if you want posts to put them on a concrete wall/foundation.
It may take 25 years but the posts will rot off at ground level.

Merle
I know several people around that have had the same problem on older pole barns. This barn is going to have to last longer than 25 years. With the temps we get around here I think I would need at least a 3' deep footer and I would probably want a 1' wall above the floor if I build it stud wall.
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