Six Reasons to Use Post-Frame Construction
When people generally picture post-frame structures, they envision barns, sheds or other more industrial-looking buildings. What you might not realize is that post-frame structures are also perfect for a myriad of commercial buildings.
Next time you drive somewhere, look at the buildings you pass. The local pharmacy, the community bank, the post office – all of these could be post-frame structures.
Not only do they look great, they also come with flexibility and efficiency that you don’t find with other types of structures. Here are six benefits of using post-frame construction to design commercial buildings.
Why is post-frame construction ideal for many commercial buildings, including churches?
1. They can have any exterior finish.
But steel is just one option for a post-frame building’s exterior. In fact, post-frame structures can be finished with many materials including brick, plaster and concrete.
As long as your design doesn’t exceed two stories, chances are good that post-frame construction could meet your specifications.
Here are some examples of commercial buildings that are compatible with a post-frame design, in addition to churches:
* Manufacturing – such as warehouses and industrial buildings
2. They’re often less expensive than architecturally designed buildings.
3. They have a very flexible interior design.
Post-frame buildings with clear-span trusses, on the other hand, don’t require any additional support structures for the roof from wall to wall. Want to add a wall or knock one down for a fresh interior design? Go right ahead.
4. They’re more energy-efficient than steel construction.
Post-frame structures are absent of exterior steel framing, granting you higher quality insulation values on exterior walls and ceilings. Plus, with all the other costs associated with commercial business, it’ll be a relief to save some money off your energy bill.
5. They’re compatible with large access ways.
The reason why again comes down to the column and truss design, which doesn’t depend on the walls for reinforcement nearly as much as a stud-wall construction building.
6. They’re compatible with finishing aspects of a building.
You aren’t limited to steel-frame and stud-based designs for your church. Using a post-frame structure can afford you a higher level of flexibility and savings over other designs, all while maintaining a customizable, sleek and attractive appearance.
This article is courtesy of Wick Buildings, www.wickbuildings.com. With the sale of more than 70,000 buildings to date, Wick Buildings has steadily grown to become one of the nation’s largest producers of post-frame buildings.