Post-Frame Buildings by Cole
Frequently asked questions
Q: What is Post-Frame Construction?
Post-frame construction refers to a popular method of building construction that is used for all types of applications in residential, commercial, and agriculture. It has traditionally been used for outbuildings such as pole barns, but it’s not limited to that. Horse barns, riding arenas, garages, hobby shops, she sheds, hay storage sheds, machinery storage, even homes and offices can utilize post-frame construction.
Given the nature of post-frame building design, it offers a number of benefits to the customer over other building methods.
1. No foundation required
While a level building site is required, a foundation or even a concrete floor are not required. This significantly reduces the cost to build. It also speeds up the building process because builders do not have to wait on curing cement.
2. Cost Efficiency
Post-frame is a surprisingly affordable building method. No foundation requirements along with fewer overall building materials reduces both material and labor costs.
3. Building Strength
Post frame buildings utilize heavy duty posts and roof trusses along with metal roofs and siding. All of this combined produces a remarkably durable structure that can stand up to the elements such as heavy snow and wind. Of course, they also withstand daily use.
4. Time to Build
Post-frame buildings are easy to fabricate quickly because they don’t require a cement foundation or interior walls. Many of the materials are pre-manufactured which also reduces build times. For this reason, post-frame construction is often the choice when buildings need to be constructed quickly
Post-frame construction relies on long spanning roof trusses that are very rigid even over large spans. For this reason, load bearing interior walls are not required. This makes post frame buildings a great choice where large open spaces are required such as riding arenas.
One benefit to post-frame constructed buildings that should not be overlooked is their ability to be efficiently insulated. Because post-frame buildings utilize heavy duty posts that are spaced several feet apart, that’s more space for insulation to be layed with studs getting in the way. The result is a faster time to insulate as well as fewer points of heat loss. This allows for energy savings over time.
Q: What is a Pole Barn?
A pole barn is a building that uses post-frame construction. Poles are either driven into the ground or secured above ground. The poles provide the vertical structure support. You will have fewer load-bearing walls which allows for more flexibility with the placement of windows and doors.
Q: Do you carry state required liability insurance?
Yes, we are a fully licensed and insured. We will be happy to provide our insurance certifications to your local building department.
Q: Do I need a building permit?
Yes, you will need to obtain a permit through your local codes department
Q: How long will it take you to build my structure?
The scheduling of your project is the first step. Our timetable varies due to seasonal swings, but we will always work hard to schedule your project as quickly as possible. The next step is for the crew to build your structure. You can expect a fast and professional crew to erect your building quickly. Each project does vary in the build time, but we will do our best and work passionately until your building is completed.
Q: Does my building site need to be level?
Before we begin constructing your building, the site needs to have a slope no greater than 6” from corner to corner.
Q: Do you offer excavating services to level my site?
We typically ask that the homeowner gets any excavation done that is needed before the building is started. We can assist if needed in finding a good company to perform the work.
Q: Do you offer custom size buildings?
Q: Who determines exactly where my building will be placed?
We ask that the customer meet with us to go over where the building will be located on site before construction begins.