A Comparison Between Post Frame & Steel Frame for a Pole Barn

A post frame structure has been used for the pole barn in this picture.Choosing is never easy. When you need to select the right building for your needs, it can be tough to compare one style against another. At Mansea Metal, we want you to have all the facts when making your building decisions. Here’s a comparison between post-frame (Midwestern Buildings brand) structures and steel frame structures to help you decide. 

How Flexible is the Design?

  • Post-Frame/Midwestern Buildings offers roof pitches that range from 3/12 to 8/12 designs. Having this many options ensures you’ll be able to match any buildings you already have.
  • Steel Frame has a smaller range of options for roof pitches.

What is the Foundation?

  • Post-Frame/Midwestern Buildings need a level site to build on - that’s it! Take care of any ground irregularities you’re all set for construction.
  • Steel Frame is heavy and requires reinforcement. Steel buildings require a concrete foundation, increasing your overall cost.

How Much Building Material?

  • Post-Frame/Midwestern Buildings have a simplified design using fewer materials per square foot of building space.
  • Steel Frame requires more materials to cover the same amount of space you’d get with a post-frame structure.

What are the Remodeling Options?

  • Post-Frame/Midwestern Buildings require simple tools for most remodeling projects for your pole barn.
  • Steel Frame buildings are more difficult to remodel; most requiring welding.

How About Insulation?

  • Post-Frame/Midwestern Buildings have wall cavities up to eight long feet that can hold six inches deep of fiberglass insulation. Attic space can hold up to a 14-inch thick batt of insulation.
  • Steel Frame designs force insulation to be compressed between the roof purlins and wall girts.

The Differences Ad Up

These are the primary differences between post-frame and steel frame buildings. And, if you need help with installation, we partner with many local contractors so you are assured of fast, quality construction.

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The Mansea Metal Difference

We Are The Manufacturer

Most of the companies who advertise metal roofing and siding or post-frame buildings are simply reselling products produced by someone else. We produce our own products from rolled steel and have large indoor yards that keep our lumber protected. That way, we control the quality and time of delivery to you. And that creates jobs right here in your home town.

Higher Quality Steel with Superior Finishes

The truth is not all steel is alike, especially when it comes to finishes. That’s why we use Sherwin-Williams WeatherXL™ Coil Coatings. Created to withstand most anything that comes its way, designed to maintain extreme resistance to abrasion, chipping and marring with tremendous color and gloss retention. And you get to select your favorites from more than 22 striking color options

You Won’t Be Shorted On Lumber

When we price a building package, we give you everything you need to ensure structural integrity. Like longer gable posts that extend to the top of the truss, not just tying in at the bottom. And long-lasting pressure-treated wood measuring .60 CCA. You won’t get this quality at a ‘big box’ store. Plus, we use true 6x6’s along with 2x10’s and 2x12’s that are #1 grade.

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