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Look very closely at that old pole barn.

I see it all the time.

I walk into an older pole type shed and the vastness of it can be awe inspiring.

People are all ready looking at all the room they have for big boy toys.

But, you must look close.

Many older pole sheds when they were built did not have the best water proofing of the posts.

Yes, they lasted as long as the manufacture said, but now are failing.

I showed an older barn from the 80's.  22 posts and 8 of the were rotted over 75%.  5 more about half.

This make that shed very unstable.   Can t be fixed, yes, at about $150 per post.

Unless you are a great do it yourself-er...it may be best to pass on this one.


Comment balloon 8 commentsWilliam Feela • August 16 2015 02:51PM


Pole barns in Oklahoma can be suspect to termites.  Much better to go with steel structure if you can afford it.

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) over 5 years ago

Interesting, isn't it? Some of the barns that were built 100 years ago are still standing, but some built 40 years ago are falling down. 

But of course... When our neighbors moved here 25 years ago they built a beautiful new house and a variety of outbuildings. Or rather - they hired a contractor to build them.

Since they came here from a climate known for snow, they should have known to specify a snow load on the shed roof. And maybe they should have known to make sure they had insurance for snow damage. But they didn't. 

They bore the cost of replacing/repairing the damaged equipment AND rebuilding the roof when we had a heavy snow winter. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 5 years ago

The photo of that barn brings back memories of my dad's "shop". Luckily (or smart) for him, it's constructed of metal beams.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 5 years ago

We don't see many of those in our area,  most storage buildings  are sturdily mounted into the ground.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 5 years ago

I have seen the same issues where the ground does not drain really good.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 5 years ago


Thanks for haring the information on older pole barns.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 5 years ago

Hi William,,,

I don't think I've seen barn's like that in my area of Northern California.  Traditional style barns are more popular here and seem to last a long time. 

Posted by Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Fortunately I have not seen this happen Bill.  I have a lot of old sheds, some built with untreated Ironwood posts, and still doing fine.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 5 years ago