1. What is a pole building?
A pole building can be can be a garage, a warehouse, a church building, a home, a firehouse or a horse barn. It can have steel siding, wood or vinyl siding, brick, or stone, and the roof can be wood shakes, asphalt shingles, standing seam, or a simple steel roof. It can be plain, average, or extravagant, and it can be build faster, stronger, and more economically than conventional ”stickbuilt” buildings.

A large percentage of the buildings Delmarva Pole Building Supply, Inc. builds are two car garages for homeowners that are looking for space to put things that no longer fit in their attached garages, like cars, trucks, boats, and lawn equipment. Most of us need more storage space, and pole buildings provide an inexpensive solution to that need.

In the last one hundred and twelve years, millions have been built in the US alone, and while they started in the agricultural industry as a low cost alternative to expensive and cramped barns, due to advances in technology they are now used in every building segment except for skyscrapers.

Pole buildings are also commercial storefronts, community centers, churches, and government buildings that are built every year using pole building construction because of the need for a building that marries strength and speed of construction with good looks and a thrifty budget.

The technical term for pole buildings is post frame construction due to the building being framed around poles embedded in the ground. An 18″-32″ diameter hole is drilled approximately 3 feet deep into the ground and each pole rests on its own personal concrete foundation at the bottom of the hole. The pole is leveled and the hole is then filled with tamped earth or concrete. The fact that a continuous concrete foundation is not needed saves an average of $5500 on a two car garage, and the simplicity of construction and materials needed to complete the building results in an approximate 35% savings over conventional “stick-built” construction. The poles extend 3′ into the ground and are attached to the trusses themselves and then covered with a steel skin that forms a structurally significant building envelope, resulting in a structure that is far superior in strength to conventional building.

2. Where does Delmarva Pole Building Supply build?
Delmarva Pole Building Supply builds throughout New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware.

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3. What are some of the uses of a pole building?
The uses of a pole building are endless! However, some examples of uses that Delmarva Pole Building Supply has built already can be best shared according to the following categories:

Residential: garage, storage shed, pool house, boat storage, home business, lawn care equipment storage, antique car storage, game room, man cave.

Commercial: classrooms for schools, concession stands, storage buildings for municipal ties, pavilions for clubs (Conquest Preserve), dog kennels, office space with warehouse and vehicle equipment, aircraft hangar.

Farming: manure shed, hay storage, vehicle/equipment storage, animal housing/shelter.

Equestrian: horse barn, hay storage, run-in shed, riding arena.

Custom: you dream it, we’ll build it. Delmarva Pole Building Supply designs many unique buildings for customers. Check out examples of our buildings and see what variety Delmarva Pole Building Supply offers in building styles and uses.

4. Does Delmarva Pole Building Supply only sell preset standard sizes of pole buildings?
No! In fact, each of our buildings is custom designed to the specifications of the individual customer. This assures that each customer receives the building that best fit their needs. Another advantage to custom designed buildings is that we order building materials directly from the supplier and ship directly to the jobsite and thereby eliminate storage costs of pre-cut, pre-fabricated building materials. This allows Delmarva Pole Building Supply to provide savings to our customers!
5. Does my pole building have to use metal roofing and siding?

Pole Buildings built by Delmarva Pole Building Supply come with either 27 gauge or 28 gauge steel roofing and siding. Our standard building has steel in 28 gauge with a .016 min thickness (before paint), while the steel on our premium building uses the thicker, stronger, and heavier 27 gauge product.

The 27 gauge comes with a 50-year non-prorated warranty and the 28 gauge has a 40-year non-prorated warranty. Other pole building companies use 29 gauge steel with a prorated warranty for their siding and roofing. Our 27 and 28 gauge steel provides a much thicker, heavier, and stronger building envelope than what is offered as a standard by most pole building companies. The 29 gauge steel used by most post frame companies is thinner and lighter than our 27 and 28 gauge steel. A micrometer easily proves the thickness. (Ask the company you’re working with what thickness they spec at the mill. Most companies are specifying a .0142 min thickness for their 29 gauge while our 27 gauge is spec’d at a true .0172 thickness [before paint].)

However, Delmarva Pole Building Supply also can use a variety of other roofing and siding materials. Some of the more common siding materials are vinyl siding, T-111 siding, board and batten, brick and stone veneer, and combinations of these materials. As an alternate roofing material, Delmarva Pole Building Supply has used shingles and standing seam metal. The standing seam metal is 24 gauge and each panel has coverage of 19 ½”. It is flat in the middle with 1 ½” standing seam on each side. Standing seam metal is different than the standard ribbed steel panels and has a look all its own. So, whether steel roofing and siding metal is used or any other roofing or siding material mentioned here, Delmarva Pole Building Supply will build a high quality, aesthetically pleasing yet cost effective building.

6. Can I insulate my pole building?
Yes! Delmarva Pole Building Supply offers various kinds of insulation with differing R-values. The type of insulation to be used is determined by several factors, such as:

– Areas to be insulated (walls, ceiling, roof)

– Usage of area (storage only, animal vs. people occupancy)

– R-value best suited for area

– Combination of vapor barrier and insulation might be the best answer to your insulation needs

When you call us about your pole building, ask us what insulation is best for your application!

7. Do I have a choice in which overhead (garage) doors are used in my pole building?
Yes. Choosing overhead doors for your new pole building is an important part of the planning process. There are many factors and choices to consider when selecting the right door.

Delmarva Pole Building Supply offers a selection of sizes, colors, door panel styles and window inserts. Delmarva Pole Building Supply offers a variety of styles of CHI overhead doors to choose from. These range from simple, efficient and economical to distinctive and uniquely stylish. Whether it’s a simple garage or storage building or an elaborate and unique pole building, Delmarva Pole Building Supply has overhead doors that are well-built, durable, and good looking!

8. How can I find a reliable contractor to install my roofing?
Let us take care of that for you! With our years of experience in the industry, we can refer you to a trusted and competent contractor to complete any project.

9. What if I want to do my project myself to save on labor expense?
We understand that many of our customers have the capability to install the materials we provide. Delmarva Pole Building Supply offers Do-It-Yourself (DIY) pole building packages. Delmarva Pole Building Supply will help you create the building that best suits your needs for a price you can afford. Each Delmarva Pole Building Supply DIY pole building package is custom designed and includes the following items:

– Engineered trusses and Kramer Panels for you location

– Sealed truss prints for DE, MD, VA and NJ

– Drawings (non-sealed) for permits and construction) – Material lists for lumber, metal, trim, slider (if applicable) Delmarva Pole Building Supply will figure the materials needed for your building and all you add is the labor to build it! A DIY package saves you the cost of having someone else to build your building. The savings are all yours! Go to the “Build it Yourself” area of our website for more information.

10. Why should I choose a metal roof instead of shingles?
Metal has been proven to have a much longer lifespan than even your highest level of shingles. It can also be installed in a shorter time with less materials needed, which will cut down on the money you would spend on labor. Not only that, metal requires little to no maintenance. Also with the advances in the quality of paint finishes in the industry, you can expect a warranty that provides you with peace of mind.

11. How long will it take for me to get my materials?
We order your material cut to the exact lengths you need with a quick turnaround time. We can get our standard steel to your location in a week at the most, while our standing seam panels take up to two weeks to arrive.
12. Should I use vapor barrier under the metal?
We recommend on most projects to install a quality vapor barrier under your metal roofing, regardless of the color of the metal. With a minimal investment upfront, you can make your roofing system more efficient. Not only can you eliminate condensation on the panels themselves, a quality vapor barrier will lower your heating and cooling costs exponentially.
13. Should I use screws or nails to install my metal roof?
Most metal manufacturers recommend that you should use screws to install your metal roof. The screws we provide come in either a stainless steel or galvanized variety with a painted head and neoprene gasket. Screwing your panels and trim down will also provide a higher wind uplift protection to help protect your investment.
14. What are the differences between standing seam and standard metal roofing?
The most glaring difference is that Standing Seam panels and trim are a heavier gauge metal. You will also not see any exposed screws on Standing Seam roof systems. This along with a narrower panel will lead to a more aesthetically pleasing roof on your house. The overall design will lead to a tighter sealed roof system as well.

15. Why should I use heavier gauge steel for a lower pitched roof?
The most common issue with low pitch roofs is the tendency to have leaks. The metal designed for low pitches typically have taller ribs and wider spacing to help eliminate this issue. A heavier gauge will also have a higher weight capacity, which comes in handy in the Northeast when snow falls.
16. I've heard that metal roofs are noisy, is that true?
Installing a quality vapor barrier under your roofing will reduce noise associated with the metal. On most houses you will have an attic space between you and your roof system anyway.

17. What kind of paperwork is needed for the building permit, and is it difficult to obtain?
Delmarva Pole Building Supply provides a permit expediting service in most states. Everywhere other than these states, we provide the following to assist you in obtaining the permit yourself.

Part of the process for building any pole building is the obtaining the building permit and the paperwork involved in accomplishing this. Delmarva Pole Building Supply will provide non-sealed drawings and a sealed truss print which are required by most municipalities to prove code compliance. However, some municipalities required sealed drawings which must be obtained from a licensed engineer. The cost of sealed drawings is not included, unless specifically noted in the contract. Delmarva Pole Building Supply works with an engineering firm who is licensed in DE, VA, MD, and NJ, and can provide sealed drawings when needed.

The best way to ascertain what is required by your local municipality is to call the codes department and ask for information concerning requirements for obtaining a building permit. There are a few counties that require the building contractor to obtain the building permit and in this case Delmarva Pole Building Supply will pull the permit for a fee.

We will help you design the building that fits your needs. If you are building in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey be sure to call us before you sign!

 

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