Top 5 Advantages of Post Frame Barns
When people are looking to build a new post frame barn or farm building, they often do research to find out what style of framing and building is the best. Simply put, post frame barns are the most affordable and cost-effective solution. Even more, the best post frame barns built by expert post frame barn builders like Conestoga are, well…simply the best.
Our years of experience within our leadership, sales, and construction teams is second to none. That experience makes us the experts, and we’ve put together 5 reasons why post frame barns are the best solutions for farm and agricultural buildings.
POST FRAME BARNS WORK ON ANY TERRAIN
Unlike some structures, post frame barns don’t require level ground. Other styles, like stick framing, require lots of grading work and a fair amount of ground work to get everything leveled before building. Less work is needed to frame out and build a post frame barn, and they can be raised on ground that may not be ideal for a stick-framed structure.
LESS WOOD, BUT HEAVIER LOADS
Post frame barns don’t require the intensive framing and structural support that a stick-framed structure requires. While a stick-framed barn might need 16” or 24” on-center framing, a post frame barn might be able to span as much as 8 feet while maintaining the appropriate handling for snow load. The span between framing is determined by how much weight might end up on the roof from snowfall, but there is no question that with less lumber, a post frame barn will handle more weight with less framing.
Post frame barns do not require the foundation work that a stick-framed structure needs. While you might spend as much as 15 percent of your total budget of a stick-framed barn on just the foundation work, a post frame barn only requires concrete at each footer to set the posts. Once those are set, you can level things up and pour a concrete slab to code, and use it as a floor for your barn, garage, or shop. This reduces overall costs, not only on concrete (reduction of as much as 10 yards), but also on the grading and earth-moving required to install a proper foundation for a stick-framed structure.
FRAMING & INSULATION
Because the walls in a post frame barn are not load-bearing, you can frame it to look like a traditional stick-framed structure while achieving a higher insulation R-value. Just the opposite, you can get far better ventilation in a post frame structure as well because of the span between posts.
NOT JUST POST FRAME BARNS
Sure, we might be the best post frame barn builder around. Our years of experience have proven that. But we build post frame structures, not just post frame barns. Post frame structures are some of the most versatile buildings that you can have. You can use post frame buildings for barns, garages, horse barns, retail and commercial buildings, even wineries.
GET THE POST FRAME BARN YOU WANT
Talk to the barn experts at Conestoga Buildings today, or just request a quote and let us help you design and build the best post frame barn you can get.