Post Frame construction is best described as a wood frame building system that meets UBC and IBC standards. Post frame buildings feature large, sawn posts or laminated posts instead of wood-stud, steel framing, or concrete columns. They transfer the load to the ground or surface mounted to a concrete pier or foundation slab.
Post-frame structures are more quickly erected than other kinds of buildings because the larger post and the interlocking frame can handle greater loads than stud-wall framing. Also, because post are spaced further apart than studs, post frame buildings feature exceptionally large wall cavity and provide ample room for insulation, lowering heating and cooling costs through the life of the building.
Almost any type of exterior facade may be installed on post frame buildings, which can be designed to meet the highest standards for quality and aesthetics. Post-frame construction is an efficient and economical option for low- rise applications and is now the construction method of choice for any number of commercial, industrial, municipal, residential, religious and agricultural projects.
Post-frame construction requires limited wall and roof framing materials, and minimal footing and foundation materials. Wood posts spaced 8 to 12 feet apart with a frame building system means fewer resources than most other construction methods.
A post-frame building forms a tremendously strong structure that efficiently resists wind and seismic forces. The secret lies in diaphragm action of the frame building method.
Diaphragm building techniques, which dictate how building components work together to transfer lateral loads to the foundation, account for the stability and durability a post-frame building offers across an extended life cycle. Multiple post foundation options are available with a wood frame system, and each contributes to a building's stability and wind resistance by transferring lateral loads.
When compared to other wood-framed construction, or alternative frame building methods, engineered post-frame systems provide greater structural stability. Basically, a post-frame building system provides key advantages that have increased over time due to the evolution of post-frame design methods, technology, and advances in construction components. Going forward, there will be more creative and unique ways the modern wood frame system to be incorporated, in buildings of all types and for all industries, for decades to come.
What would happen if you received three bids for your project, with one being 50 - 75% less than all the others? What if you accepted the lower bid, and the project met your expectations and came in under the contracted price?
If so, then you probably were pitched a building constructed with the help of a wood frame system. Wood frame systems are built with saving in mind.
Post-Frame Buildings can Last 100 Years
No one wants to sacrifice quality to reduce project costs or duration. When comparing design options, there are few building frame systems that measure up to post-frame design. Modern wood-frame buildings perform well under severe weather conditions.
In Florida, for example, post-frame contractors reported only "minor damage to trim and other small architectural elements" during Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, many nearby non-post-frame structures were severely damaged or destroyed by the storm.
An accurate method for engineering diaphragms has evolved to allow diaphragm design to be affordably incorporated into a building, making it wind and earthquake resistant at very little cost.
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