Who We Are
Econ-O-Fab Pole Buildings is an Oregon based, family-owned, and family-operated business with 47 years of experience in pole building construction. We are licensed, bonded, and insured; a long-time member of the National Frame Builders Association; and carry an A+ with the Better Business Bureau. We are open weekdays and can assist you with any questions that you may have, or with a free pole building quote at 
(503) 357-0442 or [email protected] 

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What is a Pole Building?

Pole building or pole barn construction uses large posts for its support columns in addition to trusses, wall girts, and roof purlins. Because of the larger posts and unique framing method, it can handle larger loads requiring fewer materials and labor time, which makes pole barn construction a cost effective option. ​

Pole Buildings can be used for residential, agricultural, equine, or commercial use. Post-framed construction is a viable way to meet low-cost and sustainable building needs. Pole buildings are sustainable and energy efficient because the wood materials that used are a renewable resource. Wood products also require less energy to produce versus steel. Pole barns are easy to insulate which helps conserve energy year-round in Oregon.

Other reasons why post post-frame construction is the better way to go: 
- Post-frame construction reduces the disturbance to the site compared to other forms of construction. 
- It uses less wood to create the structural system.
- It has a building cavity with room to accommodate insulation for energy conservation.
- It gives you the flexibility of interior design due to the absence of interior structural columns. 

The sky is the limit when it comes to pole building uses. Typically pole barns are constructed for uses such as a garage, shop, workshop, shed, greenhouse, carport, barn, outdoor storage, outbuilding, horse arena, tack rooms, and lean-too sheds. However, if you think outside the box pole buildings can be used for just about anything. We've seen pole buildings used as a structure to house an indoor pool, a cover for a basketball court, a home gym facility, a hobby room, an airplane hangar, and even a cabin or house. Basically, we construct the shell of the building and you can convert the interior to anything you'd like. Below is some information on each type of pole building we construct: residential, commercial, agricultural, horse barns, storage sheds, and greenhouses. 

The two main styles of pole buildings are Gable Style and Monitor Style. 

Gable Style: 
Gable style buildings are the most common and economically built pole building due to its symmetrical roof line. Many find this shape attractive due its simple and clean lines; and it compliments most styles of homes.  Gable style pole buildings are a popular choice for those in need of a shop, garage, out-building, or storage shed. It is common to see lean-too additions on a gable style pole building for added storage space.  Gable style buildings offer a large open interior space to work with. You can keep the area as an open work space, build lofts for extra storage, or frame in walls to create separate rooms within your building. 

Monitor Style: 
The monitor style pole building is popular amongst the rural, agricultural, and equine groups because of the “ranch” or “farm” style that it portrays. A monitor style building has a large center aisle with shed wings on both sides. The large center section is much taller than the attached wings. A monitor style is perfect for raising animals as you can use the side wings for stalls, storage, and tack rooms, while leaving the center aisle open for large equipment and caring space for the animals. A second story is an option with this style of building by creating a loft in taller center aisle area. 

When it comes to choosing which style of pole building is right for you, you will need take into consideration what your needs are, and what features you like, and what your budget is. Give us a call and we can help guide you through your decision making process. 

Selecting Your Builder

It is always a good idea for a consumer to check out any contractor they hire. This is especially true today. The current economy has driven many “handymen”, contractors of a variety of specialties, and otherwise inexperienced people to try tackling the pole building market. 

The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) states, “most construction projects can go smoothly if consumers do their homework by checking out their contractor, setting realistic expectations, and making wise decisions during the project.” Some of the CCB’s suggestions include verifying the contractor holds an active/current license, bond, and liability insurance. A consumer should check for a history of disputes or disciplinary actions. The CCB also suggests that a consumer asks the contractor for references and checks with previous customers. Further information can be found at:  http://www.oregon.gov/CCB/​​​

Search a contractor through the CCB at  http://www.ccb.state.or.us/search/
Our CCB# is 51042. 

A great resource to check out a contractor is the Better Business Bureau http://alaskaoregonwesternwashington.bbb.org
Our BBB page can be found at: 

In addition to the sources listed above, it’s a good idea to see if a pole barn builder is a member of a trade association. Being a member of a trade organization can show proof of activeness in the industry. A local trade organization for the post frame industry is the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the National Frame Builders Association.

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