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Pole Barn vs. Steel Building for Woodshop4/26
I'm planning ahead to my next phase of business growth. I have 3 acres of land that my house sits on. I plan to build a new structure as I'm outgrowing my pretty large basement. I'd like to know if there are advantages of building a pold barn or a steel building as the shell for my new shop.
I started my business in a shop behind my garage. Then I purchased an old service station and added on. The service station was steel. I asked my insurance agent if it made a difference. No, no difference, he said. I did the addition as wood pole. During the first walk through after the addition, the loss control agent said, should have done steel. It would have saved you money. Arghhhh. And I've had different loss control agents say the same thing over the years. Not sure how much it would have saved, and if the savings would have paid for the difference. Do check with your underwriter/loss control agent, not your agent. Agents and claims are two separate parts of the insurance company. And like east and west, they ne'er shall meet.
Another thing to consider is your property resale value. Which will you see the better return on at a residential property.
My feeling has always been that a wood building is more compatible with a residential property than a steel building. Indeed I know of one instance where a zoning board of appeals denied the construction of a steel building in a residential neighborhood (set backs didn't meet regulations) but approved the wood building when the owner came back with the change.
You are 2 hrs North of NYC. Pretty cold climate.
Steel buildings are less expensive if built bare bones, almost zero maintenance, they can be huge. Downsides ugly, costs go up quick if you want decent insulation and wallboard.
Pole Barn means different things to different people.
Personally, I would build 10' 2x6 walls, SIP roof panels pre-wallboarded with big ass LVL rafters every 8'.
As every man knows, size does matter. What size shop are you considering? How will you heat it?
I absolutely believe in heavy insulation and less heat. Bury the thing halfway in a hill if you got one.