What is the diffence between a pole building and a shop?

What's in a name? Well, when it comes to a pole building or a shop - the type of construction.

A pole building is made with poles set approximately 36" into the ground (below the frost line), and then purlins are framed between the poles. This creates a downward shear force and a building. Metal is the most commonly used material for a pole building, but the building can also be sheeted with 4'x8' sheets of OSB or plywood, and can be conventionally sided. Pole buildings can have a metal or composite shingle roof, and can be as plain or as fancy as you want. Concrete is poured between the bottom treated purlins between 4-6" (depending on the use or owner preference). Pole buildings are one of the most economical methods of putting up a building, with basic buildings starting at $27 per square feet (with concrete).

A shop is stick (or conventionally) framed on a concrete foundation. Walls are framed with a bottom and top plate and then stood up. While the lumber on pole buildings runs horizontally, stick-framed walls are vertical, and can more easily accommodate siding installation. The costs for a stick-framed building generally start at $35-40 per square foot, so they are more expensive.

We hope this helps you determine the type of building you would like to build!