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How to Choose the Best Flooring Options for Your Post Frame Building

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Flooring options for a modern post frame building depend on how you plan to use your building. Post frame building purposes have now evolved beyond the simple pole barn. Now post frame structures are commonly used for fire stations, auto dealerships, retail outlets, warehouses, schools, and churches. Let’s look into how to choose the best flooring options for your post frame building.

For any purpose, you must anticipate your needs and accommodate all the ways in which you will use the building. If heavy equipment and vehicles are moving in and out of the building, you must ensure the flooring option is able to sustain the stress of massive weight.

Pre-Prep for post frame building flooring options

Post frame floors of any kind will last much longer if the footprint is level, compact, and allows for proper drainage. In many instances, a gravel base and supplemental subflooring material may be required. Local building codes may also dictate the minimum thickness and other attributes for your post frame flooring.

Options for Flooring

Concrete

Concrete flooring is the most popular option for any post frame buildings that are not being used for housing animals. This material is best for machinery and vehicles. Concrete is easy to clean and also reduces the accumulation of dust and moisture. Long-lasting, concrete is perfect for workshops, garages, and structures where people will congregate. Incorporating insulation in the concrete flooring system can also improve the comfort level of the building.

Asphalt

Since asphalt often less expensive than concrete, many building owners opt to use this material for vehicle and equipment storage. However, since this material is softer, it tends to break down sooner. This can leave large gaps and crevices that can sprout weeds unless adequately patched. Asphalt requires maintenance and may not be adequate for heavier machinery. Consider the weight of your vehicle and how often you will be moving them.

Also, remember that newly spread asphalt has a strong odor that may remain during the early months following application. Proper ventilation is advised when choosing this flooring option.

Stone

Natural or cultured stone is available in many sizes, shapes, types, and weights. Make sure the stone you select can sustain the usage and weight you might expect before you commit.

Stone flooring types can be marble, limestone, travertine, or more. Stone is an attractive option for residences and buildings where people will be congregating. This type of flooring can also help to keep the structure cooler in the summer months.

Gravel

Gravel is relatively clean and will prevent any erosion issues from developing within the building. Over time, the material will become compacted, so it does require some maintenance. You’ll need to supplement regularly to maintain the floor level at the original height and to keep dust from appearing.

Dirt

If aesthetics are not a primary concern, dirt represents the least expensive and softest flooring material. For horses and other livestock, dirt is a natural option and is most comfortable for them. Be aware that the soil and moisture within the building can shift to make footing unstable. So you may choose to regrade the surface periodically. Or you could easily upgrade to another material if you begin to use the building for other uses.

Be aware that during rainy periods, your dirt floor will become muddy in places, particularly near the entrances.

Livestock Matting

Dirt flooring alone will quickly become rutted and uneven with heavy livestock traffic. Mats made from rubber or aggregate materials create a comfortable surface and keep stalls and tack areas from eroding. These can be applied to specific areas of your horse barn or other buildings.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Pacemaker has been at the forefront of post frame construction development for over three decades. As a designer, supplier, and builder of high-quality materials and construction, Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings, located in North Webster, Indiana, has far-reaching experience with each type of post frame application and process.

You may visit Pacemaker’s Gallery to view many of the company’s past accomplishments in post frame innovation.

To learn more about your flooring options for your post frame building, contact the professionals at Pacemaker at 1-888-834-4448.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Tips for Adding an Addition to Your Post Frame Building

Top-Tips-for-Adding-an-Addition-to-Your-Post-Frame-Building-315Post frame buildings are undoubtedly the easiest for adding on a new addition if you have the available real estate. The efficient use of materials and labor result in shortened design and build time. Therefore, a new addition to your post frame building will complement the existing structure, add space, and functionality in less time.

Considering a New Addition

It happens – you build your structure, and it is perfect for your needs. But, over time, no matter how far ahead you planned, your business or farm needs to grow, perhaps even faster than you expected. You realize you must add more space for work or storage.

Is adding on to your existing building a practical and affordable solution? It can be. Working with a reputable, experienced post frame company, you are able to sketch out your dream addition. Making sure to incorporate all additional storage, operating space, offices, and spare rooms that you now need.

Note that a post frame addition can also be a sensible and economical solution for adding on to other types of construction.

Adding an Addition to Your Post Frame Building

Here are three considerations to discuss with your design professional regarding a new post frame addition:

1. How will the addition best fit on the existing lot?

To determine which direction your addition should be facing,  consider how the existing structure is placed on your lot. As well, consider how it will be accessed.

First, understand local codes and regulations to determine how closely your building can approach your lot boundaries and other possible restrictions

Next, identify the optimal connection point of your existing building and the addition. Ideally, the new addition will require minimal rearrangement in your current buildings.

Connecting your existing structure to the addition is much simpler than with other types of buildings. Due to the wide spacing of post frame vertical posts.

What about access and approach? With the new addition, will trucks and other equipment still be able to access the overall structure without excessive maneuvering?

Finally, drainage is an essential factor. Assure the ground around the new structure is appropriately graded to ensure moisture drains away from the entire building.

2. Putting Additional Stress on the Existing Structure

If the addition is dependent upon the existing building for support, you may be creating undue stress on the original support system. Lean-to’s or additional openings that are not built with support elements can redistribute weight and pressure that can cause problems.

Consult a structural engineer to determine if your design might create a bigger issue. In most instances, your post-frame building addition design should integrate its own support elements.

3. Upgrading the Appearance of Your Overall Structure

Your enterprise has grown, and you should present an attractive appearance and image for your building. A well-designed post frame addition should not only enhance the original structure but also improve the appearance of the entire combination.

The new section should blend seamlessly with the existing structure. Rooflines, exterior materials, colors, and patterns should coordinate to make the entire building appear that it was built at the same time. You might also consider upgrades to the original exterior during the new construction.

Post frame buildings can incorporate features, materials, colors, and styles similar to other types of buildings. While you are upgrading the functionality and appearance of the interior of your building, consider upgrading the exterior a priority as well.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

We are headquartered in North Webster, Indiana. Therefore Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings is ideally situated to provide materials, design, construction management, and equipment for professional post frame buildings in Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. In addition, we have over 40 years of experience in the industry. And Pacemaker has been instrumental in the evolution of post frame materials and techniques that encompass far more than pole barn construction.

Today, post frame buildings are an economical choice for businesses, municipalities, schools, churches, equestrian centers, warehouses, residences, and more. You may view several of these applications in the Gallery section of Pacemaker’s website.

Speak with an experienced professional about your building needs or regarding an addition to your existing structure. Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings at +1-888-834-4448.

Mezzanine and Storage Options for Your Post Frame Building

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As you enter a newly completed post frame building, whether it is a barn, workshop, storage facility, or other unique building, you will recognize the massive volume of unobstructed space. Consider storage options for your post frame building. Unlike other types of building, post frame structures utilize no load-bearing interior columns within that can obstruct movement. This aspect happens to be one of the differentiating elements of a post-frame building, one that allows large vehicles and equipment to maneuver easily.

You will also note there is ample space above as well. Space that often goes unused. However, some building owners will choose to use the area above as a second floor or a mezzanine for additional storage, office, workspace, or even as a mancave.

Storage Options for Your Post Frame Building

The second level of your post frame building will likely complement the general purpose of your building. As we know, space can fill up fast. And storage always seems to be at a premium. A barn or equestrian center will require extra storage space for seasonal tools and accessories, feed, tack, and other supplies. In contrast, workshops and mechanical repair structures demand extra space for tools, parts, tires, oil, and more.

Additionally, an office or comfortable climate-controlled room can be a practical asset in any post frame building.

Adding a Mezzanine

Building an upper-level mezzanine space can be an excellent choice. With this, you achieve the objective of adding floor space without having to use up the entire upper volume of the building. Taller equipment can still be stored on the side opposite the mezzanine.  The space below the new mezzanine floor can still be used for storing smaller, lower profile items.

Your mezzanine area can be customized to suit your needs and can be left open or kept enclosed to provide a climate-controlled room. Adding some windows to the outside or the inside, if you prefer it, can help add light and air. You can also add windows looking out from an enclosed room to be able to view your building’s interior from a higher vantage point.

Always Consult a Design Engineer First

When you are in the process of designing a new post frame building, it is recommended that you plan for an upper level. Even if you do not intend to finish it at the outset. As we frequently find, the need for additional space inevitably pops up. The support systems can be built to accommodate the extra weight while specially designed trusses can optimize the upstairs headroom.

If you are thinking of adding a second level to an existing post frame building, consult a qualified design engineer first. Therefore ensuring that the structure will support the additional burden. The weight of another level and its contents could create too much stress to the vertical support system and footers. Thus can make the overall structure unstable.

Also, to comply with local building codes, you may need to plan an additional point of egress. Always check your local building codes before proceeding.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

Adding a second floor, mezzanine or storage option to your post frame building or barn can be a great addition. Done right, you will soon wonder how you ever managed without it.

Serving Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan for over four decades, the experts at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings will help you with your second-floor addition or any other post frame construction.  Pacemaker is a premium supplier, designer, and builder of versatile and long-lasting post frame structures. Ideally used for agricultural, commercial, civic, institutional, and equestrian buildings.

To learn more about adding an upper level to your post frame building, contact the experts at Pacemaker at 888.835.4448.