Pole Barn 101: Part 7 – Finding the Right Builder

With such a big project, you want to make sure you are hiring a builder that will be easy to work with, listen to your needs, and ultimately give you a great building that will endure and stack up to your expectations. We have outlined a few key things to consider when researching builders.
Finding the Right Builder

Are you looking to add a building to your property? Do you need a new storefront or warehouse? Pole barns or pole buildings are a great choice. Also known as post frame construction, these buildings get their name from the building technique that is used to create them.

They can be built in about a month, offer the same structural integrity as traditionally built buildings and offer cheaper maintenance costs. So, if you are looking to add an ADU for your mother-in-law, to build a garage, or need a barn for your livestock – pole barn buildings are a great option – no matter what you are building.

Choosing to build a pole building can be exciting, but also daunting. We have created a step-by-step guide for people that are interested in building pole barns but are not sure where to start.

What to look for in a Pole Building Company:

With such a big project, you want to make sure you are hiring a builder that will be easy to work with, listen to your needs, and ultimately give you a great building that will endure and stack up to your expectations. We have outlined a few key things to consider when researching builders.

Look for Great References:

Whether it starts with a referral from your neighbor or scrolling through comments online – it is important to see what previous clients have said about the company. Here are some things you can look out for:

  • Great Communication Skills
  • Satisfaction with the Completed Project
  • Skilled Management of Set-Backs and Problems
  • Long-Term Satisfaction of Build

This information can be hard to find just scrolling through reviews online, so we recommend asking the builder to give you some references from previous projects. Professional builders will be glad to offer such references, precisely because they are respected professionals.

Visit a Previous Job:

If you are able to, try and see a previous building built by the builder. This will help you get the full picture of what the builder is capable of and give you an idea of what your new building will look like. This would also be a good time to talk to the owner to learn about their experience with the builder.

Look for NFBA Accreditation:

The National Frame Building Association (NFBA) is an association that provides continuing education for pole building builders.

Company’s with this accreditation will be the most up to date on best practices and will be the most skilled in building. The training and education is ongoing to make sure they are prepared for any and every build.

Certificate of Insurance:

A legitimate builder should have no trouble providing a certificate of insurance verifying coverage for workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. A copy of the certificate is issued by the builder’s insurance agent at no cost to you or the builder and should be available to you within one to three days.

Get an Estimate in Writing:

Get an estimate in writing. Then discuss with the builder anything that strikes you as vague. A hurried quote based on cursory discussion often results in a building that comes up short and leaves you cursing.

Ask about Materials:

Based on your location, weather, and environment your building will need to endure different factors. The materials of your building should be able to withstand snow, wind, hail, rain, and more. Depending on your location the materials may need to be different to match your needs.

Hiring a local builder will ensure they are familiar with your material needs, at the very least look for a builder that has successfully built in your area. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Pole buildings rely on wood trusses to support the weight of the roof and maintain the structural integrity of the building. Look for an engineer’s stamp on the drawings of the wood trusses – you know it will be designed to meet your needs.

Wapiti relies on trusses that are built for a 20-30 pound snow load and 115-130mph wind load. This is what we would recommend for anyone looking to build a pole building in Oregon and Washington.

Better buildings start with better materials, make sure you work with your builder to identify and select the best materials.

When it comes to building your new dream pole building, there are a lot of big decisions to be made. That is why you want an expert on your side. Our team of experts has been doing this for over a decade, and we would love to connect and discuss your project. No matter what you are building we have the experience to work with you every step of the way to make sure you have a great building that will endure for years to come.

Reach out now for a free quote.

Look out for our article: Pole Barn 101: Part 8 – Site Preparation for Your New Pole Building

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