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Express Barns 101

What you need to know

Your total post frame buying experience is important to us. Now that you have made the decision to purchase a building from Express Barns, we want to make sure that you do not experience any unwanted surprises. Below we share important things that you should know and prepare for when planning your project.

What is Post Frame?

Post-frame construction is an engineered wood-frame building system that meets UBC and IBC standards. Post-frame buildings feature large, solid sawn posts or laminated columns instead of wood studs, steel framing, or concrete masonry. They transfer loads to the ground or surface-mounted to a concrete pier or masonry foundation, and may use plastic barrier systems for enhanced protection of wood and concrete posts or piers.

Post-frame structures are more quickly erected than other types of buildings. Because the larger posts and the interlocking frame can handle greater loads than stud-wall construction, fewer structural materials are needed, which saves time and other costs. Also, because posts are spaced farther apart than studs, post-frame buildings feature an exceptionally large wall cavity and provide ample room for insulation, lowering heating and cooling costs through the life of the building.

Almost any type of exterior façade may be installed on post-frame buildings, which can be designed to meet the highest standards for quality and aesthetics. Post-frame construction is an efficient and economical option for low-rise applications and is now the construction method of choice for any number of commercial, industrial, municipal, residential, religious, and agricultural projects.

Site Preparation

A very important part of this journey is your site selection. Knowing where you want or can place your new building will influence the amount of money that you will spend on site preparation, overall building size and even some of your options. We recommend a level site for your new building. Check with your local code authority regarding property lines, required set backs from neighboring properties, and any specific codes related to new out buildings on your property. Understand drainage and ensure that your building pad is built in such a way that rain water and flooding will not become an issue down the road. Be sure to avoid underground obstructions including public and private utilities. Call Dig Safe, they will come out and mark public utilities for free. Be sure that you or the contractor calls for a dig safe marking before digging on your property. It is the law!


It is important for you to know if a building permit is required to build on your property. We recommend that you check with your local municipality for more information. If you have a home owners association, be sure to check in with them about any requirements or restrictions regarding your new building. Once you purchase your new building from Express Barns we will provide you with a copy of our standard engineering, drawings, elevations and floor plan. Most likely if a permit is required, you will need these documents to complete the application process. Our standard engineering meets or exceeds most code requirements. We do have engineering services available for those that require project specific engineering.

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