A Graber Building is going to cost a less than a conventionally built building.
Why do Graber Buildings cost less?
A big part of 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 less labor. You’ll find that the quality materials Graber Supply uses are about the same cost as other types of construction, but the design of the our buildings and efficient crews significantly reduce the costs.
The three main things that affect the price of any pole building:
- The Size
- The Siding and Roofing Material
- Options, such as additional doors and windows, interior finish, or an attic space
Most of our buildings are built using Graber metal for the roof, siding and trim, but you also have the choice of other roofing and siding materials. View our portfolio to see many of the options being used on buildings we have built.
Whether you select Graber metal or choose another option, be assured that each Graber Supply building is engineered to provide the integrity of structure needed for the snow, wind and use loads for your area and your use case.
A basic Graber Supply building includes an entry door and one large door, either a garage or sliding door.
During your consultation with one of our designers, you may discover you have a real need for:
- additional doors
- added storage, like an attic loft
- increased insulation
- a different siding material like wood or vinyl
- attractive wainscoting
- or one of many other options
How Payment Works:
Consultation, customization and pricing are free on all but the most complex projects.
- A 25% deposit for the installation is required for your building to be scheduled.
- A large payment is due when we deliver the materials for the building.
- The final balance is due upon completion of the building.
For larger structures that take longer to install, payments are staged based on building progress.
Thinking about Building Your Pole Barn Yourself?
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.
Stay away from less expensive, used or second-hand material sold as surplus. It’s great to find a bargain, but less expensive materials may invite disaster.
Be sure to install the proper truss bracing and hurricane ties.
Work from 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 level.
Option Price Range ($=less expense $$=moderate expense $$$=most expensive)
- 12″ overhang that improves ventilation and appearance, makes the building less “boxy”, fits better in residential settings $
- Vented Ridge Cap $
- Horse stalls $$
- Tack Room and Wash Stalls $$
- Insulated Sliding windows, Single hung or Double hung windows; with or without grids $
- Garage Doors – insulated, fancier carriage house style door; seen on newer homes $$
- Wainscoting around the perimeter $
- Reflective Vapor Barrier on the roof to prevent humidity from condensing on the inside of the metal $
- Cellulose or fiberglass insulation above a steel liner ceiling $$
- Cupolas to add a visually pleasing ornamental touch $
- Additional entry doors or “walk-in doors” for easier access $
- Concrete flooring $$$
- Decorative concrete in a custom color or design $$$$
- Plywood flooring over the gravel, with insulation for a warmer floor $$
- Pavers, popular with our horse barn customers, for a richer look $$$$
- Drywall and Insulation on the interior $$$
- Interior dividing walls $$
- Side lights or sky lights to bring natural light into the space $
- Vinyl Siding in a choice of colors $$
- Wood Siding in our Board-n-Batten style; popular with Horse Barns $$
- Asphalt shingles $$
- Stone or brick exterior facades $$$
- Roof Gutters to drain off rain and melting snow $
- Snow Guards to help prevent snow and ice from sliding off the roof $$
- Lean-to/Porch to provide additional square footage $$
Looking For the Lease Expensive Pole Barn?
A Graber Supply building may not be the least expensive post frame building, but give some thought to what actually goes into the lowest cost building. Graber Supply knows that to build the least expensive pole barn requires using lower quality material and eliminating important features. The result would be a lower quality product for our customers.
Some examples of corners NOT to cut in pole barn construction:
- Skipping or skimping on the bracing systems on the trusses that will add much needed support against wind and snow loads.
- Shallow foundation holes with insufficient depth. It is hard work, takes time, and is hard on equipment, but we set the poles 4 feet deep. We only send out experienced crews with the right equipment to make sure it’s done right.
- Undersized poles that are not strong enough to support the loads.
- Metal from the secondary market with a low grade finish that will not withstand environmental conditions. Graber Supply uses Graber metal that comes from a manufacture that buys steel direct from mills, has the steel painted to Graber specifications, stores and roll forms the steel in an environmentally controlled factory, and has a record of standing behind their product in the rare occurrence of any problems.
- Skimping on the number 2 x 4’s used for bracing. The correct number of 2 x 4’s are a structural necessity and will keep your building sturdy.
- Using lower grades of lumber. There is less expensive lumber out there, but it’s another example of simply not being worth it.
- 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 having to tear out your siding and replace it.
- Using metal that will rust after painted. The paint matters but what is underneath the paint also matters. Any paint warranty will be voided if the rust was caused by the metal. And for 20 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:
- Go with a metal roof rather than the more expensive shingles
- Stick to metal siding, which costs less than wood or vinyl
- Consider reducing the number of windows
- Decrease the size of the windows and doors
- If you won’t need to condition the building consider eliminating the insulation in your building