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How Additional Features Can Impact Snow Load on Your Post Frame Building

Red and White Post Frame home with dormer

Across the country, architects and designers pay close attention to the effect snowfall can have on a structure’s integrity, specifically the impact of snow load on your post frame building. The snow load or maximum downward force exerted by accumulated snow and ice must be pre-determined when designing any structure. In areas at a higher elevation as well as the North Central, and Upper Great Lakes regions, special care should be taken to design your post frame roof systems to deflect, not attract, snow pile up.

As with conventional construction methods, certain aesthetic features can impede the natural elimination of snow and ice. This is due to angles and traps that allow snow and ice to build up. Excessive snow accumulation that lingers for months will add substantial stress to the roof support structure. Over time, the problem can result in unnecessary permanent damage.

The effects of accumulated snow can become substantial. Each foot of snow that accumulates begins to thaw, and then refreezes can weigh up to 21 pounds per square foot. If that same foot of snow were to convert to solid ice over time, the new ice could weigh up to 57 pounds per square foot. You don’t want that on your roof.

Understanding the Potential Impact of Snow Load on Your Post Frame Building

Excessive and lingering snow and ice can affect your post frame roof structure significantly. Some of the typical symptoms are:

  • Truss members, headers and rafters bowing or bending from overhead stress
  • The roof showing signs of sagging
  • Interior drywall beginning to crack
  • Doorways, particularly sliding ones, become difficult to open and close

How Some Features Add to Snow Accumulation and Snow Load on Your Post Frame Building

Often roof additions are intended to enhance the aesthetics of the building. Although most people prefer interesting shapes and angles that break the monotony of a standard roof, these can become a problem in the winter.

Aesthetics

Attractive and stylish post frame buildings enhance the curb appeal of our property. However, here are two examples of aesthetic features that can become problematic following significant snowfalls:

  • Dormers: Windowed dormers add an interesting profile to the exterior and allow additional lighting to the interior. However, they can block wind and gravity’s ability to enable the snow to fall from a pitched roof. Over time, after trapping considerable snow and ice, both the roof and the dormers can become damaged.
  • Radical Changes in Roof Pitch: Sometimes, designers feature changes in roof pitch at various places along the roofline. These are sometimes an attempt to make the structure more visually appealing. In other instances, the rationale to alter roof pitch might be to accommodate an interior use of the building – where a higher or differently angled roof is needed.

When building with a variable roof pitch, you need to know that you could be creating crevices that become excellent snow collectors. On buildings situated in snow-prone areas, the snow may remain through the season and keep getting heavier and denser with each snowfall.

Energy-Related Accessories

While optimizing the energy usage in your post frame building is an admirable goal, be sure that your quest for efficiency does not cost you more in repairs.

For example:

  • Solar Panels: Roof-mounted solar panels can foster additional snow accumulation on your roof. More importantly, your design must also account for the added weight of the panels themselves. Before adding solar panels to an existing structure, consult a design engineer. They will calculate the potential load of the panels and any snow accumulation.
  • Appliances: If your HVAC unit is best situated on the roof of your post frame building, your design should ensure that the roof can handle the added load of the equipment as well as the maximum projected snowfall. As with the solar panels, if you are thinking of adding heating and cooling to the roof of an existing building, make sure an expert has made the necessary calculations before installing.

Understanding these common design and style choices along with their effects during snowfall will help your new post frame roof last you for years to come.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

If you are considering building a new post frame building in the Upper Midwest or Great Lakes regions, contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings in North Webster, Indiana. The professionals at Pacemaker have decades of experience supplying and building high-quality post frame buildings for multiple purposes.

With significant exposure to and experience with heavy snowfall situations, the engineering team at Pacemaker can design your post frame building to withstand all levels of snow and other load challenges.

For more information, visit the Pacemaker website, or call the Pacemaker post frame experts at +1-888-834-4448.

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.