Post frame buildings are durable and long-lasting in most situations. The vertical posts anchored deep beneath the structure provide exceptional stability while redirecting high wind forces into the ground beneath. In severe weather conditions, properly constructed post frame buildings often remain intact better than other types of construction. In regards to preventing condensation and moisture, learn tips to build smart.
For most construction, the biggest problem happens to be moisture and condensation. Post frame buildings are no different. Moisture can infiltrate building components and compromise their strength and longevity. Metal parts will start to corrode, while mildew damages wood, fabric, and other materials.
For any metal roofing and siding, moisture can attack those structural components and the equipment and tools within. And where horses and livestock are housed, a severe moisture problem can become a health risk. Below we look at how you can prevent condensation and moisture in your post frame building.
Remember: Moisture is Humidity
Warm air holds more moisture than cool air. Therefore, at night, as temperatures drop outside, the warmer air within the metal-encased structure rises to the metal roofing, condenses against the cold roof, and creates droplets or a “sweating effect.” Under the right (or wrong) conditions, these drops can result in a “rain” effect within the building. Needless to say, this isn’t good for the livestock and mechanical assets that occupy the structure. However, there are design features that help to prevent this condensation..
How to Fight Condensation
Consulting with an experienced post frame building expert during the initial design process can minimize the negative impact of excessive moisture buildup. Attention to specific design components reduces the potential for moisture access and accumulation.
Here are some moisture reduction considerations Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings recommend:
- Ensure your building site is situated with the best possible drainage, likely at an elevation higher than the surrounding topography.
- Grade the surface to allow moisture to flow away from the interior of the building. The perimeter should angle down and away from the outer walls to prevent water from entering.
- Install underground drainage tiles to keep moisture from accumulating beneath the structure’s footprint.
- Vapor barriers beneath the gravel or concrete flooring will reduce the potential for moisture to reach the interior of the building.
- Ensure heating devices vent to the outside of the structure.
- Provide adequate ventilation. Moving air helps to evacuate moisture from the interior.
- Insulate to keep the interior temperature from reaching the dew point.
- Incorporate a vapor barrier to keep moist air from flowing through the insulation and condensing on the roof and elsewhere. Your post frame professional can help to advise how to proceed with this element.
Keeping Interior Moisture to a Minimum
During high-humidity weather, owners should consider strategies to prevent moisture accumulation within the building. Some of the elements that add to moisture development include:
- Poor drainage
- Use of unvented space heaters
- Snow melt from vehicles and recreational equipment
- Washing vehicles and floors
- Storage of hay, firewood, fill dirt, green or freshly cut firewood
Aim to avoid these elements where possible to minimize the creation of moisture inside.
Working with the Experts at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings
Whether solving moisture problems in your existing post frame building or designing a well-ventilated moisture-free facility; a proven post frame supplier, designer, and builder like Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings can solve your issues.
In the company’s fourth decade of satisfying clients in Northeastern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Ohio, family-owned Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings has been a leader in innovation and problem-solving throughout their service area.
To learn more about Pacemaker’s design solutions and view many of the Pacemaker finished projects, visit the Pacemaker Post Frame Building Website Gallery.
For questions about your proposed or existing post frame building, contact the experts at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at +1-888-834-4448.