The disadvantages of pole barns discussed so far are:
· Not resistant to heaving caused by flooding and frost.
· Wood used has a high probability of shrinking and warping with time
· Pressure treated wood unsafe for livestock
· Costly to maintain
· Low resistance to fire
In addition to this list, another concern for pole barns is the fact that they do not come with the proper plans and drawings needed to secure the necessary building permits and learning how the parts are going to be assembled. Construction of pole barns require painstaking hours needed for sorting, cutting, and fitting of the building components which come unnumbered and unsorted.
On the other hand, aside from plans and drawings, steel buildings come with erection manuals that are easy to read and follow. Aside from these, all the components are sorted and numbered for easy identification. As a result, construction of steel buildings is as easy as solving a jigsaw puzzle – all the components fit exactly and perfectly, eliminating the need for onsite cutting, drilling, and welding.
Furthermore, pole barns have to be re-sheeted and repainted once every eight years, causing another dent in the farmers’ pockets. An additional common problem for pole barns is rusting caused by the steel members coming in contact with the wood. These concerns are unlikely to happen with steel buildings. These metal structures are coated with materials that make them highly resistant to rust and corrosion.
Steel buildings do not need re-sheeting and re-painting. Pole barns have an average 14-year lifespan while steel buildings are certain to provide many decades of efficient use.