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Building a garage or shed requires a lot of planning. You may decide that a pole or post frame building is the best design for your barn. Knowing what wood, material or steel to use for the structure is important. You will have to decide whether you are going to do the work yourself or hire a contractor. It is a good idea to look around for examples of other pole and post frame buildings to see what you like. Your garage, shed or barn will serve a purpose and you want to ensure that it is stable to hold up for a long time. To maintain the integrity of the structure, you may want to buy higher quality wood and steel. The following are key terms to familiarize yourself with before starting the project.

  • Machine Stress Rated - A term that describes how some lumber is rated. Lumber that is machine stress rated is generally stronger and more consistent than visually rated lumber.
  • Eave - Where the side wall and roof meet on the edge of the building.
  • Gable Roof - A type of roof that has a peak with one slope on each side. Each slope is the same angle and the roof is symmetrical.
  • Gambrel Roof - A type of roof that has a peak with two slopes on each side. The upper slope will be shallow while the lower slope will be steeper.
  • Monolithic Construction - A method of creating the foundation for a building by combining the concrete and floor slabs. This is a design that is best used in warmer climates.
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    Spane Buildings Inc
    1611 Buck Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    We are the buildings people. We specialize in everything from pole buildings to horse barns to garages. Call us now for more information. If you need a building for your property, we can help get it for you.
    (360) 629-2136
    Custom Island Homes
    Langley, WA 98260
    (360) 321-4729
    Blue Ribbon Buildings Inc
    47 Alder Ln, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    (800) 782-8515
    Blue Ribbon Steel Buildings
    335 E Blackburn Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    (360) 424-9016
    Spane Buildings Inc
    1611 Buck Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    (800) 310-2136
    Spane Buildings Inc
    1611 Buck Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
    (360) 424-1505
    Heggenes & Wills Construction
    7383 Wood Duck Ln, Clinton, WA 98236
    (360) 579-4034
    Town & Country Post Frame Building Div of Perma Bi
    16521 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98037
    (800) 824-9552
    Town & Country Perma-Bilt
    16521 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98037
    (425) 258-4171
    Unified Home Industries
    Freeland, WA 98249
    (360) 331-7672
    All Set Construction
    Freeland, WA 98249
    (360) 331-4935
    Rip's Roofing & Construction
    2424 Moss Ln, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
    (360) 675-6105
    Lb Construction of Whidbey Island Inc
    633 Po Box, Coupeville, WA 98239
    (360) 678-5470
    Lakeview Design & Construction Inc
    10015 Lake City Way Ne, Seattle, WA 98125
    (206) 323-8380
    Chateau Construction Inc
    Carnation, WA 98014
    (425) 333-0053


    Pole buildings are simple structures built around the use of posts. Barns, storage sheds, garages, houses, and carports are often built using this method. This construction technique does not generally employ the use of framing and studs as in traditional construction. Laminated columns or square posts make up the supporting frame, and materials used can range from metal and steel, to wood and fiberglass. Pole buildings first emerged in the 1920s. Utility poles were used to construct simple buildings like horse stables and barns. Since then, the techniques have become a bit more sophisticated, but the basic premise remains the same. Pole building providers can offer prefab walls, steel siding, prefabricated sheds and garage storage, and structure kits. One may specialize in residential pole buildings, while another may focus more on commercial or industrial projects. Many offer all three types of services, along with agricultural buildings as well. In most cases, customers can design their own floor plans, get free estimates or quotes, apply their own color scheme, and obtain financing. Many pole building providers sell construction kits for handy consumers to put together on their own. These companies may also sell roofing materials and supplies, posts, house plans, and general construction supplies. Services offered may range form sales and service to installation and repair. Companies and individuals who want to build a pole building or have one built for them can consult with area providers. The Internet is a great resource to start with, as is the phone book, or even word of mouth.
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