What's This Going to Cost
We can tell you right off the bat that a Graber Pole Building is going to cost a lot less than a conventionally built building.
Compare a Graber Pole Barn to the Conventional Building for a typical garage:
||Graber Post Construction
|Cost of Material (wood)
|Cost of Footing
Why do Graber Pole Barns cost less?
The savings is in the labor. With a traditional construction project, almost half the charges are to pay the crew who work hard to build it. But the nature of pole buildings requires far less labor. You'll find that the materials Graber Pole Buildings uses are about the same as other builders, both Pole Barns and conventionally built. And they are just as secure and reliable.
"Pole barns get their lateral strength because the poles are set deep, down into the ground. The deeper the poles are set, the stronger the building's resistance to the horizontal loading caused by the wind. Our standard is a full 4 feet", explains Graber Designer, Ira.
For your own guaranteed to the penny estimate, drop us a simple email telling us:
- The size you want
- The location of the building
- Your phone number
- The best time to call you
- Anything else that would help us give you a quote for the perfect building
|Comparing the Cost of Graber Pole Buildings to Traditionally Built Structures
|Size of the Building
||Pole Barn Estimate
||Traditionally Built Estimate
|2 car garage 24 x 24
|Storage Unit 40 x 60
|Horse Barn 36 x 48
*These prices are for local installation within 100 miles of our Atglen, PA office, base package, select base options.
The three main things that affect the price of any pole building, garage, or horse barn are:
- The Size
- The Siding and Roofing Material
- Any non standard options, like any extra doors you want
A good rule of thumb for figuring out the price of a pole building, from a quality builder, is to estimate about $10 a square foot, for a basic project. On a 40 x 60 building, the price can drop to about $7.50 a square foot. The larger the project, the lower the price per square foot. The reason for the drop in cost is we're able to pass along many of the materials savings onto the customer.
Graber buildings come with a standard metal roof material, but we do give you a choice of upgrading to asphalt shingles, with plenty of choices in colors for either.
Whether you select our standard material, or upgrade, rest assured that the integrity of the framing for each and every building is the same.
Graber buildings come standard with many of the popular features without any hidden charges. All of our structures come with an entry door and one large door, either a garage or sliding door.
During your consultation with one of our designers, together we may discover you have a legitimate need for:
- extra doors
- added storage, like an attic loft
- increased insulation
- maybe a different siding material like wood or vinyl
- wainscoting, for more curb appeal
- nearly 100 other options to choose from
Depending on your location in our service area, you would be wise to invest in some structural additions to handle heavier snow loads. If near the sea shore, our Galvalume metal roofing and siding is perfect... it handles the salty air, and hurricane strength winds. Just two examples why it's in your best interest to speak with a design professional before you build.
How Payment Works:
- After your free initial consultation and interview, a deposit of 25% is due to continue moving forward.
- The balance of your project will depend upon the size of the job. Just give us a call with questions how your specific building terms would work.
For bigger structures, it's 25% when we begin construction, 25% when the trusses are up, another 20% when the siding and insulation begins and the final 5% upon completion.
Graber does accept payments from Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
Thinking About Taking out a Home Equity Loan? This may help...
A home equity loan is probably the most realistic measure for many of our customers. Most people we talk to have a home that they have been paying on for quite a few years, and have built up some equity. If you have good to very good credit, you can get the bank to lend you money, using the equity of your home as collateral. With interest rates at historically low levels, now is a great time to consider following this route.
Take a mortgage out on the property.
If you are looking to use the building as a vacation home or even as a primary residence,
you may be able to get a home mortgage, at a very good rate. Mortgage rates are at near record lows, with some below 5%.
Take advantage while the rates are low.
Thinking about Building Your Pole Barn Yourself? Some Friendly Advice...
- Be sure you work with high-quality material. Lumber, for example, comes with a rating system that can be confusing. Be sure to understand this rating system to identify the quality of the lumber. Most lumber sold at lumber yards is actually substandard by Graber's requirements.
- Stay away from cheap, used or 2nd hand material sold as surplus. It's great to find a bargain, but cheapening your trusses, for example, just invites disaster.
- Be sure to install the proper truss bracing and hurricane ties. A very common (and costly) mistake.
- Just using a simple sketch of a pole barn can cause big problems. Instead, have an actual design that includes ALL the detailed dimensions.
- Pay special attention to preparing your site. Some excavation work may be needed so the building will be completely level.
Some Ball Park Pricing on the More Popular Options
(The complete list of choices you have is on our "Options and Color Chart" page.
Price Range: $$$ ($=Lowest, $$=Medium, $$$=Most Expensive)
|12" overhang that improves ventilation; better appearance, less "boxy,"
fits better in residential settings
|Barn-style sliding windows or house-style double hung windows that
use grids and are insulated like those in your home
|Garage Doors -- in a range from a modest door to a fancier carriage house
style door; seen on newer homes
|Wainscoting around the perimeter that breaks up the look of the siding
|Insulation; either our "Vapor Barrier" on the roof or cellulose blown in on top of a steel liner
ceiling - ideal when your structure will be used for a shop or a
|Cupolas that add a visually pleasing ornamental touch, and added ventilation
|Extra entry doors or "walk-in doors" for easier access
|Extra windows can be placed anywhere you'd like as long as
they don't compromise the structure
|Concrete flooring can be added to any of our structures for a
more substantial floor and finished look
|Decorative concrete in a custom color or design
|Plywood flooring over the gravel, with insulation for a warmer floor
|Pavers, popular with our horse barn customers, for a richer look
|Drywall can be added to any of our structures
|Interior walls to divide your space into separate areas for
a shop, an office, or workspace
|Side lights or sky lights to bring natural light into the space
|Vinyl Siding in a choice of colors, for an upgraded look from metal
|Wood Siding in our Board-n-Batten style is another upgraded look
from our standard metal; popular with Horse Barns
|Asphalt shingles in place of the standard metal roof in your choice of colors
|Stone or brick exterior facades over the metal are still MUCH
cheaper than a traditionally all-brick built structure
|Exterior Outside Gutters to drain off rain and melting snow
|Snow Guards that goes on top of the roof metal that breaks the
Snow up and prevents from falling down
|"Lean-to's" provide even more square footage apart from the
pole building for an office or your private "man cave" retreat
The trick is to know which options work best for you. Call Graber at 1-800-964-1550 today for an informal chat with one of our designers and to learn which ones make sense for you.
For a complete customization of your project, be sure to check out our "Customize Your Project page."
Looking For a Cheap Pole Barn?
We can guarantee you that Graber does not offer the cheapest in pole barns, but give some thought to what actually goes into a "cheap pole barn."
"We've known for a long time how to build a really cheap pole barn, but it would require cutting way too many corners. And the result would be a lousy product for our customers" says Rosita, from Graber Pole Barns.
Some examples of corners NOT to cut in pole barn construction:
- No bracing systems on the trusses that will add much needed support for winds as mild as 10 miles per hour.
- Graber actually has a one of a kind "Bracing Class" where we teach our crews how to brace correctly and work them in with the trusses.
- Foundation holes not dug deep enough. Eric, from Graber: "It is hard work, and it's practically impossible for a small 2 man crew to get that 4 feet depth we look for. That's why we only send out larger, experienced crews to make sure it's done right."
- Poles that are not thick enough. Smaller sized poles are out there and are cheaper than the standard poles Graber uses, but the savings are short lived when the roof system gives way.
- Poles that are not reinforced. Graber uses 4x6 solid poles on buildings up to 28' wide. On anything 30' wide or greater, a Glu-Lam pole is used.
- Lower grade metal that will eventually rust. Not only is rust an eye sore that screams "cheap pole barn", but it will also shorten the life of your structure. Graber use a better grade of steel and they actually pay a bit more for the steel to be treated that keeps the metal rust free, longer.
- Skimping on the 2 x 4's used. For a little bit more, this added structural necessity will keep your building long-lasting and sturdy.
- High quality lumber. "We only use a #2 grade or better as our standard stud. There are cheaper grades out there, but it's another example of simply not being worth it. I had a customer who recently was comparing us to another Lancaster County based post frame builder. The prices were about the same but they weren't using the quality lumber we do", recalls Dave.
- Short cuts on the workmanship, like sloppy fittings which will prevent the trusses from holding the load of the roof. Poor fitting work will eventually mean you have to tear out your siding and replace it.
- Metal that will rust after painted. The paint on nearly all pole barns is good, but it's what underneath the paint that matters. Eric, from Graber advises, "Any paint warranty will be voided if the rust was caused by the metal. And for 10 years, we've only been using a Galvalume coating on our metal. That is the best way to prevent rust out there."
Insiders Secret: 6 Ways to Bring the Cost of Your Pole Barn Project Down:
The competition may not like that we're telling you this, but it's some good information to know.
- Go with a metal roof rather than the more expensive shingles
- Stick to metal siding, which costs less than wood or vinyl
- Consider removing some, or all, of the windows from your project
- Decrease the size of the windows and doors
- If you won't need it, you can save some money by eliminating the insulation in your building
- Ask your designer for any substitutes; how to get the look for wood roof interior beams without the expense of using a full wood post