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Renovating and Repairing Your Existing Pole Barn: What You Need to Know

If you have an older pole barn or post-frame building, you might be considering repairs or renovations to enhance its functionality and longevity. In this blog, we’ll discuss the key aspects of repairing and renovating existing pole barns and why it’s a smart investment.

Why Renovate Your Pole Barn?

Renovating an existing pole barn can provide numerous benefits:

  1. Extended Lifespan: Addressing structural issues like rotted posts can significantly extend the life of your building.

  2. Enhanced Functionality: Convert open buildings into enclosed spaces, add insulation, or finish the interior to create a more usable and comfortable space.

  3. Cost Savings: Renovations can be more cost-effective than building a new structure, especially if the roof and main framework are still in good condition.

  4. Increased Property Value: Improved and well-maintained buildings add value to your property.

40 year old 76'x240' riding arena with new posts and wall cladding
40 year old 76'x240' riding arena with new posts and wall cladding

Key Renovation and Repair Services

  1. Post Replacement: One of the most critical components of a pole barn is the posts. Over time, if they were wood placed directly in the ground or encased in concrete, these posts can start to rot at ground level. It's essential to check for rot by digging a few inches down to inspect the base. If you find any rotted posts, we recommend replacing them to ensure your building remains stable and secure.

  • Example Project: We recently replaced all the posts on a 76-foot wide by 240-foot long riding arena. The customer wanted to prevent the structure from collapsing.

  1. Closing In Open Buildings: If you have an open pole barn and want to convert it into a more secure and weatherproof building, we can help. Closing in the walls can transform your barn into a functional shop, storage space, or any other enclosed area you need.

  2. Interior Finishing and Insulation: To make your pole barn more comfortable and usable year-round, we can finish the interior and add insulation. This is particularly beneficial if you plan to use the space for workshops, offices, or any activities that require a controlled environment.

  3. Concrete Flooring: Adding a concrete floor can enhance the usability and cleanliness of your pole barn. It’s a great addition for workshops, storage, barns or any space where a solid floor is needed.

  4. Building Extensions and Lean-Tos: If you need more space, extending the length of your existing pole barn or adding lean-tos is a straightforward and effective solution. This allows you to expand your usable area without the need for a completely new structure.

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