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Post Frame vs. Other Building Methods


Post frame construction has become a popular and practical solution for nearly every type of building. No longer just limited to agricultural solutions, post frame structures are popping up in urban settings such as retail and commercial buildings, firehouses, schools, churches, showrooms, and even residences. There are several advantages of post frame vs other building methods.

This innovative construction approach offers many advantages over conventional types of building.

Why are Post Frame Building Methods Preferred?

The unique framing method of a post frame building is the principal difference from the standard “stick frame” construction method. By using sturdy treated laminated wood columns that are securely anchored at least four feet below ground level, post frame methods and materials meet all UBC and IBC codes for strength and durability.

Main advantages of Post Frame Construction vs Other Building Methods

Unobstructed Space

Because post frame buildings demand no load-bearing interior walls and supports, the entire interior is a large, open space with high ceilings. This kind of space is perfect for maneuvering large vehicles, handling horses and other livestock, storage and warehousing, retail space, schools, churches, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Municipalities often use post frame structures for fire stations and winter equipment storage facilities.

Strength and Durability

Securely anchored a minimum of four feet below ground level, the vertical post components can redirect severe wind forces directly into the earth below. This action has allowed many post frame structures to weather extreme winds. In contrast to nearby conventionally built structures incurring severe damage.


More efficient use of materials and labor, often allow a shorter time frame from start to finish. Therefore, site prep is substantially less extensive, requiring only that the footprint be level with some sloping away from the perimeter to allow for drainage. The entire skeleton, including the trusses and support members, can be prefabricated and delivered to the site as needed.


The interior arrangement of post frame buildings is not restricted by load-bearing walls and columns. This can be beneficial for growing businesses and schools when they need to be able to rearrange offices and classrooms.

For warehouses and manufacturing, post frame buildings allow for easy expansion. Add and access new wing additions due to the broad spacing of the support columns. Adding to a conventional building is often more complex and requires special design and engineering.


A modern post frame building can take on many preferred appearances, whether it is a unique style or to complement surrounding buildings. With brick wainscoting, wood or metal siding, stonework, or stucco, there are no limits to the exterior appearance. Furthermore, there is always the option to add alcoves, dormers, overhangs, and just about any other architectural feature to a post frame building.

Sustainable and Energy Efficient

Wood is a renewable resource, requiring less energy to source and produce than other building materials. Additionally, nearly all other components of a post frame building can be from recycled material.

As noted, building a post frame structure requires less energy than other construction methods.

For more efficient heating and cooling, post frame buildings are superior. Due to the wide spacing of the vertical wooden columns allows for insulation to be more uniformly installed, thereby reducing the loss of energy.

Meet with Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

We have worked strictly with post frame construction for over four decades. Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings has become an industry leader in design, material supply, and construction for modern post frame buildings. Pacemaker, headquartered in North Webster, Indiana is the premier post frame company for Northern Indiana, Northwest Ohio, and Southwest Michigan.  By visiting the Pacemaker Gallery, you can view some of the remarkable projects that Pacemaker has completed.

For more information regarding new, practical post frame buildings, contact Pacemaker at +1-574-834-4448 or toll-free at +1-888-834-4448.

What Materials are used in a Post Frame Building?


Post frame construction is having a notable impact on new construction. It’s the preferred type of development for many kinds of commercial buildings. As well increasingly a popular choice for residential buildings. Economical and long-lasting, post frame structures are more than those simple structures that were used as agricultural buildings. Today, post frame is popular for offices, residences, new churches and schools, retail facilities, and firehouses.

While the underlying framing and support methods are different than conventional metal or stick frame structures, the exterior cladding can be the same. Any siding or roofing material used for other types of buildings can be used on most post frame building types. Therefore, brick, wood, stains and paints, stone, or stucco plus shingles and most other roofing materials can be used on post frame buildings.

Post frame is merely a different type of framing system that meets all building codes and will provide a long-lasting and attractive building at lower cost and greater flexibility. Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings for more information.

While the materials for the newest post frame buildings vary somewhat, the materials described are typical for this type of framing system.

Materials Used in Post Frame Structures

Pressure Treated Laminated Post

The critical elements of a post frame structure are the treated below grade wood vertical columns that support the weight of the structure. These posts sink into the ground at least four feet. In addition, generally six to ten feet apart from each other. These beams get the highest rating for durability by the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA. They meet all relevant building codes for ground exposure.

The wood posts  anchor on concrete piers or metal collars for protection and stability. Post frame buildings, by design, are incredibly durable in storms because of the “designed diaphragm effect”. This refers to the redistribution the wind forces down through the wood columns into the ground below.

The posts may be 4”x4”, 5”x5”, or 8”x8” treated for underground exposure. The post size depends mainly on the size and scope of the structure and the areas loading requirements, respectively.

Treated Bottom Plates

Also, the 2”x10” bottom skirt board are the pressure treated wooden planks connecting the vertical posts around the perimeter at ground level. These can be used as the forms for pouring a concrete slab floor.

Header Plates

These wooden reinforcements typically 2”x8” to 2”x12”are for larger open spans and straddle the vertical posts at the top. They run laterally to provide extra strength and support.

Wall Girts

2”x4” and 2”x6” wall girts provide extra support to the entire structure. These commonly run laterally across the vertical posts at 24”-36” on center intervals.


Triangulated wooden structures, factory-made trusses designed for the specific type and size of the post frame building are designed to carry the maximum roof load to the wall posts of the structure. Prefab trusses are lengths of lumber of a special design for specific size and pitch. Additionally, the cost is less and the design is specific than on-site construction. The trusses meet all building code requirements and can span long distances without the support of weight bearing interior walls.

Roof Purlins

Spaced 24” apart, 2”x4” roof purlins are the horizontal members running parallel to the eaves to further reinforce the weight-bearing capability if the roof.

Exterior Materials

The look of your post frame building is up to your imagination. The same claddings and roofing materials for any other building types work for post frame construction.

Contact Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings

For information regarding the design, materials, and construction of an energy-efficient, versatile, and economical post frame building, contact the professionals at Pacemaker Post Frame Buildings.  Visit the Pacemaker website for new ideas in construction and phone 888.834-4448.