What is Post-Frame Construction?

Post-Frame Construction: What is it and what are a few things you should know about it?

Today Agcor Steel presents to you a quick overview of what Post-Frame Construction is and 4 key components that make it a desirable choice for a building structure.

Post-Frame is any engineered wood-framed building that can be constructed with a wide array of external materials. Post-frame structures are incredibly strong, have a wide degree of variety of designs and usage, and are efficient. These key components have made post-frame the prudent choice within the construction industry. Several factors that are favorable to the consumer are a low degree of maintenance, lower materials cost, and quick turn-around time on construction (weeks rather than months).

  1. Trusses: Post-Frame buildings utilize heavy-duty trusses that are engineered to withstand a tremendous amount of pressure and stand up to the elements. Engineered trusses have a high degree of longevity and strength (some lasting over 100 years!). Differing degrees of roof pitches can be used in a design in order to produce greater design flexibility. Trusses allow for a clear-span construction model that removes the need for walls and or support beams to support the structure. This allows the consumer to have basically limitless options regarding floor plan and or interior design.  
  2. Inexpensive Construction Prices & Quick Construction: Post-Frame buildings can be erected and completed much more swiftly than other building types mainly because of the column’s ability to manage greater weight loads than stud-wall construction projects are. What this accomplishes is less usage of structural materials, a reduced cost, and less time spent constructing the actual building according to the National Frame Building Association(https://www.nfba.org/). These elements combined allow for a cost-effective, low-maintenance, and multifaceted building.
  3. Options for Foundation: One of the great things about post-frame buildings versatility is the ability to adapt to a large array of climate and site environments. Post-frame buildings can be constructed over a basement, on a monolithic slab, or on concrete columns in the ground.
  4. Choices in Exterior: Consumers have a wide variety of material choices when it comes to covering the building frame including but not limited to stone & stone veneer, stucco, brick, standard steel panels or steel with crinkle finish, vinyl siding, aluminum(durable and designed to take on the appearance of standard wood siding without the maintenance), and wood siding(the traditional exterior finish, with the option of being painted or stained).