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Post Frame Buildings Compared to Steel Frame Buildings


Post frame buildings are versatile and perfect for almost any application. They are also often the most economical option for most agriculture and commercial structures. Post frame buildings compared to steel frame buildings offer many advantages.

By using substantial treated wooden posts secured deep into the ground, post frame buildings can withstand high winds and other severe weather forces better than almost any traditional building. This design approach defers the forces by transferring the energy into the ground beneath, rather than yielding and collapsing as typical “stick-frame” buildings do.

Post Frame Buildings Compared to Steel Frame Buildings

But how does a modern post frame building compare to a steel-framed structure?

Both construction methods meet code requirements and offer long-lasting durability. However, post frame construction provides some significant advantages.

Superior Energy-Efficiency

The deeper recesses between the vertical wooden posts allow for thicker, more uniform insulation than what a steel frame offers. And while steel frames themselves provide a high level of energy conduction, triple-laminated wood columns are not energy conductors. Therefore, internal temperatures can be maintained with less energy consumption. Over any twelve-month period, this efficiency could possibly result in hundreds of dollars of savings. The amount of savings depends on the structure’s size, the local climate, and temperature requirements.

More Uninterrupted Space

The combination of widely spaced vertical columns and heavy-duty trusses in a post frame building means the building does not require interior supports. As a result, large vehicles and equipment can move easily without unnecessary maneuvering throughout vast uninterrupted space. This open space is the main reason why many municipalities choose to use post frame buildings for fire stations, vehicle storage, and warehouses.


While either building type can be attractive, the solid wooden trusses mounted atop the vertical posts offer a beautiful, steep roof pitch. A 4:12 roof pitch allows for usable attic space, overhangs, and several attractive trim possibilities. The typical steel-framed building only allows for a 1:12 roof pitch. Therefore, eliminating the potential of a loft or attic.

Post frame buildings are versatile and can be attractively clad in brick, metal, stone, wood, or a combination of siding materials.


Because of how they are built, post frame buildings withstand high wind and tornado-type conditions better than other types of buildings. This is due to the “diaphragm effect”, which is the ability to divert severe wind forces deep into the ground. As such, post frame buildings do not tend to “snap off” at ground level like many other types of structures.


It is true that a piece of metal by itself is usually stronger than any piece of wood. However, when configured in a post frame design, the building can be more substantial than a steel frame or other building type.

A post frame building can be equal to or stronger than many steel-framed buildings. Due to the robust, deeply embedded foundation combined with treated posts for support and heavy-duty trusses for roofing.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Serving customers in Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northwest Ohio for four decades, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is a leader and innovator in designing, manufacturing, and constructing modern, long-lasting post frame buildings.

Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings are ideal for many types of agricultural, commercial, civic, equestrian, residential, and retail buildings.

To learn more and to see some of Pacemaker’s beautiful past projects, visit the Pacemaker website. For questions or advice about your new post frame building, call the Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings professionals at 1-888-834-4448.

How to Insulate Your Post Frame Building


Besides their durability and versatility, well-insulating a post frame building makes it extremely energy efficient. As we know, weather in the upper Midwest can be extreme in the summer and winter months. Temperatures often range from below 0°F to above 100°F. That said, let’s explore a few tips on how to insulate your post frame building.

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Should I Consider Post-Frame Construction for My Commercial Building Project?

Should-I-Consider-Post-Frame-Construction-for-My-Commercial-Building-Project---315Post frame buildings provide some significant advantages for commercial building projects. The open space within, without the obstructive loadbearing supports of conventional construction, a post frame building is perfect for:

  • Retail space
  • Warehouses
  • Office and storeroom combinations
  • Equipment storage
  • Showrooms
  • And, more

As post frame techniques and materials continue to evolve, the commercial building industry is adopting more post frame construction methods for new projects.

Advantages of Post Frame Construction for Commercial Building Projects

While the already noted unobstructed space is a distinct advantage for allowing natural movement and clear, uninterrupted sightlines within, post frame buildings come with many other advantages over conventional construction.


In any situation, you first need to check your local codes and building regulations to determine what is appropriate for any structure.

How the building will look depends on you. Post frame itself is a framing method for single and two-story structures, not a cladding. Post frame structures may have any exterior you choose, options include wood siding, brick or concrete, steel, or stucco. Any outer material that pleases your taste or matches the surrounding architecture is possible.

Other architectural features are also possible. Easily build alcoves, dormers, and entryways according to your preferences.

Moreover, by adding imaginative landscaping, your post frame structure can be the best-looking building on the block.

Unobstructed Interior Space

One of the benefits of a well-designed post frame structure is the absence of those load-bearing columns and posts. These features often restrict movement and interfere with sightlines. Thus this feature solves retailer and warehouse operator demand for unobstructed, open space. This helps to manage their businesses effectively.

This advantage is particularly important in commercial applications where equipment is needed to move supplies and inventory within.

Furthermore, you have a choice of interiors in a variety of styles, from industrial to contemporary.


New post frame buildings are durable and last. In the aftermath of some high winds and tornadoes, post frame buildings often survive the pounding that conventional structures cannot.

Because the vertical structural supports are embedded at least four feet below ground level in a post frame building, the energy from tornado-force winds are diverted deep into the ground below. Conventional structures attached to a foundation at surface level are more vulnerable to horizontal wind forces where the connection is at ground level creating a sheer point above grade.


Businesses grow and their needs often change. In a post frame building don’t have interior load-bearing supports. Therefore, retail, warehouse, and office spaces can be modified to accommodate future needs. As a result, walls and interior doors can easily be moved to accommodate change and growth.

Because of the large spacing between the vertical beams, adding onto and accessing the existing building is simplified. Especially if the physical site can accommodate the change.

For the same reasons, access and egress points can be enlarged or added with less difficulty than with many other types of construction.

Cost and Design

Design-build has become a popular approach to construction and remodeling projects. There are many advantages of using the same company to design, provide materials, and build your commercial building. These include eliminating confusion in converting the design into the finished structure, better communication from start to finish, and reducing costs through efficiency.

A reputable post frame construction company like Pacemaker of Northern Indiana can assist with developing a design of your commercial building that precisely matches your business needs.

Importantly, post frame construction allows for efficient use of materials and labor which often allows for a quicker project completion timeframe.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

For over four decades, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings have been at the forefront of post frame construction. Located in North Webster, Indiana, Pacemaker serves customers throughout Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan, and Northeast Ohio with creative designs, top quality materials, and professional building services for modern post frame buildings.

Visit the Pacemaker “What We Create” webpage to see the extensive range of commercial, agricultural, civic, and municipal buildings they have created.

If you have questions regarding post frame construction for your commercial building, speak with a professional at Pacemaker at 1-888-834-4448.