Can Pole Barn Post Frame Buildings Be Built in The Winter?

Original blog published 11/03/16

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Weather comes and goes, but when it comes in full force, it's possible for winter weather advisories to take effect and play a factor in your new building' plans. Thankfully, post-frame buildings can be built in cold weather months. Read on to learn why this is a smart move for you and your wallet!

Advantages of Building a Pole Barn in Winter

Fall is in full swing and winter is close behind. Like most post-frame building companies, this is the time of year where most people see things slow down as many do not view this as an ideal time to build. But, it is a myth that pole barn companies either will not or cannot build during the cold season. The colder months are a great time to not only start planning and ordering your custom post-frame building package, but to actually have it built.

Unlike other forms of construction, metal pole barns do not use concrete foundations. This is the key reason why constructing post-frames in the winter is possible. Pouring a concrete foundation is a difficult task to complete in the cold and the frigid temperatures can be detrimental to the concrete curing stage—not to mention the ground freezes, making it difficult to dig to proper depths.

Post-frame buildings use treated wood posts or pre-cast concrete posts for their support and foundation, both of which are minimally affected by cold weather. Though, if you do go forward with building this winter it is always ideal to have a flat building site in mind before the first heavy frost.

These unique pole barn building methods provide many advantages. 

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Money Savings

Contrary to popular belief, cold temperature isn't a deterrent for post-frame builders. These workers are generally looking for more jobs in the winter and will offer you even greater competitive pricing. The same goes for the cost of post-frame building manufacturers like ourselves. Just as purchasing summer accessories are cheaper in the winter months, building post-frame buildings such as pole barns are cheaper when work is slower too.

Greater Skilled Labor

Pole barn builders are skilled tradesmen, but the lack of building in the winter means they can be a little rusty come spring. Your pole barn will still be structurally sound and beautiful, but it may take a little longer for completion. Year round work for quality post-frame builders ensures the best-trained team working on your pole barn project.


Wouldn't it be nice to start your other projects right when spring hits instead of worrying about pole barn construction? Take advantage of the slower season and gain some time. By having your garage, barn, or other metal out building built during the winter months, you're able to focus on more pressing tasks and projects come spring.

Don't Hesitate to Build Pole Barn in Winter

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Even if you are against building in the winter, it is still a smart idea to begin the planning, material ordering, and design process. This will give you more time to:

  • Save additional money to devote to a bigger and better build (if needed)

  • Figure out all the details, from design to site preparation

Additionally, our post-frame representatives can allocate even more time and energy into cultivating new ideas and alternatives for your pole barn post frame construction project. Trust the top metal building supplier company in Kentucky & Illinois and give us a call today to get started!

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