Take a drive down a lovely, old-fashioned country road, and you are likely to pass a few horse stables and small family farms. These properties utilize a building structure called post frame construction in order to house agricultural equipment and supplies. These post frame farm storage buildings can be of wood or steel construction. They are very basic and functional buildings. Post frame farm storage buildings serve to take very large areas of land and place these spaces under a roof, at a very low-cost. Post frame construction buildings also utilize many modern design methods which can cater to the builders particular aesthetics and taste, making the building as plain or decorative as they choose. Post frame construction buildings can be found in a variety of industries such as commercial, retail, equine, suburban, residential, and agricultural.
Post frame farm storage buildings use a building technique in which large posts which provide basic building support. It is a structural framing system, not an interior or exterior wall finish system. Such buildings are even found in suburban areas. In suburban areas, a car park next to a house is an example of post frame construction building. There are no walls, just strong posts supporting a roof, which protects the car from the elements. Whether the environment is agricultural, urban or suburban, post frame construction is designed to provide optimal use of interior spaces.
Post frame construction buildings are simple, strong buildings that are used in the agricultural industry, often for storage of agricultural supplies and equipment such as tractors and harvesters. This method of construction for wood buildings uses large solid sawn posts. Solid sawn is timber that is cut from a single log. Tree species chosen for solid sawn posts are usually douglas fir, western cedar or southern pine. These posts are mounted into a concrete pier or masonry foundation. Today, post frame farm storage buildings are also constructed with durable steel roofing and siding, available in various colors and rib patterns, with steel roofs and siding panels having a life expectancies of 30 years or more.
When dealing with a post frame construction plan, it’s important to remember that these buildings will have a very utilitarian function and must meet Uniform Building Codes and International Building Code standards. That being understood, if you plan on building any form of post frame building it’s an absolute must to also contact the zoning board of your particular community. Many communities see post frame buildings as construction projects that have the potential to lower the collective value of community properties. For them, the post frame building is a huge negative where real estate values are concerned. Not only that, but a commercial post frame building will have different architectural requirements necessary to meet code standards than a backyard car park or storage building.
It’s also important for you to be sure that you understand the construction techniques of post frame buildings. For example, if you live in an area that has tornadoes, storms or heavy winters, is the structure strong enough to handle these elements without caving in or collapsing? These environmental factors are key in choosing the proper materials that should be used to withstand the elements in your particular area.
Finally, make sure that you hire a contractor that has sufficient engineering knowledge to build a post frame building properly. No matter how well you have chosen your materials and immersed yourself into research, if the construction is not done properly, the building will not be able to withstand the elements.
In short, the post frame construction building was designed to offer property owners the option of taking large areas of land and using that space as a cost-effective storage area. Because of the simplicity of their architecture, these post frame buildings can be erected quickly. Post frame construction is efficient, cost-effective and thus, is often chosen for many commercial, industrial, residential, municipal and of course, agricultural projects.