In your building search you may have seen many different methods of construction, notably, post-frame and steel frame, but what is right for you? The obvious difference between the two is that one is framed with steel and the other is framed with wood. While both methods have their advantages, post-frames tend to be more popular.
Although steel frame buildings are easier to add-on to, post-frame buildings tend to have more design flexibility. Post-frame buildings offer greater design versatility and come with a wide variety of unique options, such as trims, eaves, overhangs, and higher-pitched roofs, to really make your building stand out. So, if you are looking for more design options and unique features a post-frame is your best option.
Lumber is almost always less expensive than manufactured steel, saving you hundreds to thousands of dollars. Additionally, post-frame buildings are typically quicker to construct, reducing your cost for construction and crew.
With thicker wall cavities and higher-pitched roofs for greater attic space, post-frame buildings allow for more room for insulation which helps to control your energy costs. Furthermore, the lumber used in post-frame construction naturally conducts less heat than steel.
This may surprise you, but wood-framed buildings are actually stronger than steel framed buildings once built. Post-frame buildings include a strong foundation, triple-laminated lumber posts, strong trusses, and a roll formed metal exterior – the perfect combination for a strong building that will stand the test of extreme weather and time.