Are you considering post-frame construction for your barn? Peak Pole Barns and Manufacturing is an expert pole barn construction company. We are based in Colorado Springs but constructed more than thousands of buildings. We know a thing or two about pole barn buildings. 

The first post-frame building systems were developed in the 1930s, mainly for agricultural use. In the late 1970’s to mid-1980’s post-frame structures became engineered building systems. In this article, we define post-frame construction, discuss the choice between rafters and trusses for your barn roof, and whether your pole barn posts should be above or below ground.

What Is Post-Frame Construction?

You might ask, what is post-frame construction? Post-frame buildings are structures built around posts or poles used for framing and stability. The construction method is a fast and affordable alternative to traditional building methods, and you don’t need to dig foundations or pour concrete slabs unless preferred. The poles are covered with siding, and a roof structure is placed on top of the poles. 

Pole barn buildings are naturally sustainable – from using wood as a renewable material to minimum site disturbance during construction. It is also a versatile building method and accommodates designs for pole barns, indoor riding arenas, horse barns, agricultural buildings, homes, and garages. The construction method is cost-effective and durable, withstanding even the harshest weather conditions when designed and constructed by a reputable company.

The Battle Of Trusses VS Rafters For Roof Structure

Post-frame buildings can accommodate any roofing option, including corrugated steel, standing seam, asphalt shingle, low-slope roofing, gables, a roof overhang and porticos. There is, however, always a debate around trusses vs rafters. For an agricultural barn, you can use trusses or rafters, depending on your needs. Trusses maximize space if you want to store agricultural machinery, while rafters need additional interior support and are ideal for horse barns.    

Trusses are generally pre-fabricated and transported to the construction site. Is your site more inaccessible? You could use rafters constructed on-site, but would need to factor in additional time and costs. What other benefits do trusses offer? Because there are no load-bearing walls in your building, you can modify the interior of your barn for various uses.

Setting Pole Barn Posts Above or Below Ground

Setting pole barn posts above or below ground depends on the building codes in your area, other restrictive conditions, and the building’s design. Most post-frame buildings use appropriately treated wooden posts buried in the ground. 

Placing posts above ground can be a personal preference included in the design by a client. In this instance, the posts will be anchored to a concrete pier. Peak Pole Barns can produce buildings of all shapes and sizes that suit almost any purpose. Our buildings are specially engineered to withstand Colorado weather conditions.        

How to Plan Your Pole Barn Wall Construction

Peak Pole Barns and Manufacturing will do the pole barn wall construction for you when you choose a post-frame design for your building. We custom-design buildings based on our client’s needs. Our company specializes in providing a complete building solution, from concept to finished construction.

We can build wall heights ranging from 8’ to 24’,  with a clear span up to 80’ and any length you want. Clients choose their preferred building aesthetics. You choose from more than twenty colors for your roofing and siding, and we help realize your creative vision.

Peak Pole Barns and Manufacturing provides comprehensive solutions for each building project, whether you live in Colorado Springs, Parker, Pueblo, Hartsel or somewhere else in Colorado. Contact us today to discuss your post-frame construction needs.