Pole barns are built to stand the test of time and last for many years. However, sometimes severe weather events may cause damage to your pole barn, or you may even outgrow the space. If you are considering renovating your barn, there are some things that you should know before you begin your pole barn renovations.
Talk to An Expert
No matter how simple the project may seem, you should talk to an expert about the renovations that you are wanting to do. A pole barn expert will be able to give you insight on how to best complete the project without compromising the integrity of your building.
Consider the Original Building Blueprints
Before you start in on a renovation project for your pole barn, take out the original blueprints. Looking at the blueprints will help you see where you stand with structural elements. Elements such as roof lines or whether the building can withstand the weight of the renovations. Additionally, if the use of the building is to be changed, there may be additional challenges with building codes to handle.
Prepare for the Unexpected
Building projects come with the potential to find surprises, such as rot in the building or columns that may need to be replaced. Because of this, it is recommended that you set aside a contingency budget that is used for surprise issues that you or your contractor may find as the renovation progresses.
In a market that has recently been disrupted by supply chain issues, costs have been greatly fluctuating as the situation develops. Since things can change so quickly, it is important to be prepared for the changing market conditions and costs.