Frequently Asked Questions
Cascade Pole Buildings was established
to provide top quality custom pole buildings to the residential,
agricultural and commercial customer.
Q - How do I decide where to build?
A - When deciding where on your property you can fit a pole building, there are
some things to take into consideration.
* County set back requirements – meaning how close you
can place a building to property lines, other buildings and utilities.
Set backs vary depending on the county and location, check with yours for specifics.
* Steep grades – how steep the slope on the property is
can change engineering and fill requirements, check with your
project manager if there is a steep grade.
* Fill dirt – can change pole length and may require compaction reports
for the county. Check with your project manager if this
is your issue.
Q - What do I need to know before receiving a bid?
A - To receive a quotation on your desired building will require us
to ask you questions. If you don't know any of these answers , don't worry. You
can schedule to have a free site evaluation and skilled professional from Cascade
Pole Buildings will come out to your building site to help answer
any of these questions and more.
County requirements? Each county has specifications regarding snow
loads, wind speed, and exposure. These vary so greatly even within your county,
you will need to check with your county official for your property.
Style of building? Gable, Monitor, Gambrel, or shed,
roof only are a few of the many styles available.
Ag-use or permitted? Not all counties require permits
for buildings. What you will be using the building for is the main issue. Many
times it is more cost effective to permit the building in the beginning to save
headaches in the future.
What will you be using your building for? No we are not
noisy! If you let us know what the main purpose of the building is we can make
some very helpful suggestions that may save you money, time and aggravation.
Will you be parking a RV in the building? Then it will
need to be tall enough.
Planning to store hay in a loft? Then the loft will need
to be adequate for the weight.
Overhead doors need 2' of clearance below the eave height to open correctly and
sliding doors need 1' of clearance below the eave for the door hardware. Make
sure your doors are the correct size and clearance for your vehicles.
Q - How do I get the construction process going?
A - Accepting your bid and receiving the contract.
When you receive the contract , check it carefully. It should
include everything that you discussed with Cascade Pole Buildings.
If not, we can send you a change order or new contract. When
you sign the contract things really start going. You will then
be scheduled onto the construction calendar and will be assigned
your own project manger who can advise you on all phases of construction.
Q - How do I get my permit for construction?
A -You will need your ENGINEERED drawings that have been provided
by Cascade Pole Buildings. Take these to the county office to
apply for your permit as soon as possible. All counties require
a PLOT map to go with the engineered drawings. Check with Cascade
Pole Buildings and/or county official regarding how to draw the
Some counties will issue a permit in one day and some can take up to two years.
When you turn in your permit, ask how long the average turn around time is so
you can be prepared.
Q- How do I prep my Site
A - It has been our experience that excavation/site preparation can take
longer than most people realize. We request that you plan to
have your site totally prepared two to four weeks before we arrive, to give ample
time for complications, should they arise. It is also necessary to let us know
how much, fill there is on the job site, if any, so that we may account for this
in the take offs. If you don't want to do your own site prep Cascade Pole Buildings
can do this for you and work it into the bid.
For instance, access to the job site for a 60,000# concrete truck and delivery
truck are just two of the issues.
Also: Clear area of trees, stumps, old structures, fences, sod, etc. Make work
area five feet larger in all directions. Level site with a tractor (if required);
knock down high spots. Place fill (dirt/sand/gravel,etc) and spread it over the
building site as level as possible. A local man with a tractor or blade can usually
get a site fairly level to build on within a couple of inches. Recommend compaction
every 6 inches.
CALL FOR A LOCATE:
Locate all underground utilities (electrical, water, sewer, septic and phone).
In OREGON call (800)332-2344/Portland/Metro (503) 246-6699.
In WASHINGTON (800) 553-4344 Clark County (360) 696-4848.
Q - What are my responsibilities before, after, during , construction?
A - There are several things that are not included in
the standard price. If you have any questions or concerns please
contact Cascade Pole Buildings.
- Original Site Preparation (Required to build
a structure on)
- Final grade preparation (required to pour
a floor upon)
- Furnish all permits Good clear access to site for delivery
trucks Redi Mix Concrete for concrete pads (two bags per
- Supply 110 power and water within 100 feet
- Costs incurred if heavy equipment, blasting or pumping
is required for post holes
- Paint any exposed wood (door jams, Dutch doors etc)
Q - What Should I expect when materials arrive?
A - When you hire us to build your building, our crew
will arrive soon after the material is delivered. In general
it takes them about one day per bay to construct your building.
In most cases they prefer to arrive early in the morning and
leave early in the afternoon. During construction the foreman
can answer most any question for you and will do a "walk
they are finished to make sure you are happy with your building
Q - How does the final inspection process work?
A - When we are building we will call for all final
inspections that are necessary. If you are putting in a concrete
floor, electricity or plumbing at a later date, we will only
be able to call for a framing inspection and you will be responsible
for calling for a final when everything is completed. The phone
number and website to call for inspections is listed on your
Q - What is a pole building?
A - "Pole building" is a method of construction
that allows you to build with vertical, up right posts, then
attach the wall framing horizontally to the post. First the post
hole is dug in the ground. Then, the post is placed vertical
in the hole, next the concrete or crushed rock is added around
the post and you fill up the hole. Posts have been properly
treated with chemicals to preserve them. ( See the Warranty
Information). The Post Frame type of construction has been
around for hundreds of years. This framing design is the most
economical way of constructing, compared to other types of
Q - Can I have "house type siding"?
A - The post frame design will allow you to have any choice of
house siding. Inform your sales staff of what type of house siding
you choose to have installed, we can help you with what type
of substructure sheet that may be required.
Q - Can I have "house type roofing"?
A - Just like the prior question, the post frame design will
allow you to have any choice of roofing that you would like
to have. Inform your sales staff of what type of roofing you
plan to have and they can design the proper strength of truss
that can handle the weight of the roofing material.
Q - What insurance should a contractor have?
A - All contractors must have comprehensive
general liability insurance, workman's compensation insurance
for the employees, and they are to have a construction bond
approved by the state, in which the construction is being completed.
All subcontractors that are hired by your contractor are required
to have the same items.
Clear span buildings use trusses which may span up to 80 feet. You can have wider
buildings by using additional single sloped buildings that are attached to the
main section building. This single slope roof can be attached on one or both
sides of the main section.
Q - How do the trusses work for this type of construction?
A -The trusses have standards that have been put together by
the Truss Plate Institute to insure the strength of structural
components joined together with steel plates. These trusses can
be engineered by for heavy snow load areas, as will as high wind
Our post frame buildings
feature systems of widely-spaced, pressure-treated posts that are
embedded in the ground and function as the foundation, structural
frame, and wind bracing mechanisms. The posts are engineered to
carry the roof’s weight, so the walls have no roof-supporting responsibilities.