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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.


Size Matters: Post Frame Buildings Size



Post frame construction is the ideal solution many types of municipal buildings, warehouses, retail outlets, and more. Also, post frame buildings are a great solution for agricultural, equestrian structures, and fire stations. This building method allows economic and environmental advantages. Post frame buildings offer wide open, uninterrupted space without interior columns or barriers. Therefore, the movement of people, animals, inventory, equipment, or vehicles is made easy.

The load-bearing support for a modern post frame building is from substantial, widely spaced, treated wooden vertical columns around the outer walls. The roof structure consists of specifically designed and fitted trusses that are securely attached to the tops of the vertical columns. Consequently, this method allows the structure to withstand wind and weather conditions.

As a result, a post frame building is energy efficient and durable. Post frame buildings also allow the free movement and storage of large vehicles, animals, and merchandise without obstruction or interference.

Maneuvering within the building is simple and the line-of-sight is continuous.

Uses for Large Post Frame Buildings

Some common uses for larger post frame buildings in which clear open space is crucial for operations are:

  • Dairy buildings
  • Livestock confinement
  • Bulk storage and storage units
  • Manufacturing space
  • Warehouses
  • Churches
  • Retail space
  • Equestrian stables and barns
  • Equestrian training facilities and riding arenas
  • Workshops and Garages
  • Educational facilities
  • Fitness Centers and gymnasiums

Schools and office buildings benefit from the flexibility of post-frame construction. Because of the open space and the elimination of load-bearing walls, configuring and reconfiguring interiors is easy. Thus accommodating change and growth.

How Large Can a Frame Structure Building Be?

Eventually, most building owners will lament that they should have built a bigger structure to accommodate growth and changing needs. A post frame construction can generally clear span up to 80’.

The durability of Post Frame Buildings

The principal elements of post frame buildings are the specially treated vertical laminated posts. These posts are six or more feet apart and anchor at least four feet into the ground. The advantage of this type of construction is that high wind and weather forces are directed into the ground. Conventional “stick-frame”  structures secure at ground level to a foundation or basement. Additionally, these are more vulnerable to shear forces in high force winds. In many instances, post frame structures survive catastrophic conditions while nearby conventional buildings suffer heavy damage.

Adaptability of Post Frame Buildings

Post frame structures can be maximized to the sized building site. Driven by zoning requirements and the configuration of the lot, owners can build to yield the maximum square footage available with the flexibility of post-frame methods. And, as mentioned, additions are simpler given the wide spacing of the vertical columns.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Experts in the field of post-frame materials production and construction, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is keeping pace with the rapidly growing demand for high-quality post frame buildings. Advantages like open and clear space, time-to-completion, efficient use of materials, expandability and adaptability, affordability, durability, energy savings, and sustainability are driving more companies, municipalities, and individuals to adopt this type of construction.

If the size and flexibility of your new building are important, contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings to discuss ways that post-frame construction can benefit.

Visit the Pacemaker Buildings gallery for examples of the many potential applications, large or small, of a post-frame building.

If you have questions, visit the Contact section of our website.