Originally post frame construction was used by farmers who want a quick and cost effective way of erecting a building in which farm equipment could be housed safely. Today post frame construction methods are still widely used by agricultural and commercial concerns primarily because this construction method is extremely versatile, very durable and highly cost efficient.
The versatility aspect of post frame homes should not be overlooked. There are some different options when it comes to cladding the homes, so the homeowner is given an unlimited palette with which to work. Sidings can include steel, wood, pressboard and even vinyl. This allows the owner to design the home according to their particular preferences and within a budget that can be strictly controlled.
There are also some design and architectural choices open to the homeowner. A post frame home can boast some stories, balconies, parapets, and the roof can be pitched at some different angles. Post frame houses are also much cheaper and easier to built on uneven ground because they do not require deep foundations.
The fact that post frame houses are so durable is one of the many reasons that they are still sued extensively for agricultural use. The homeowner who chooses to employ post frame design to erect their home has the peace of mind of knowing that this is an architectural style that has stood the test of time. Houses that use the post-frame building design are simply built to withstand everything that the elements can throw at them.
Cost is an enormous factor when it comes to the decision to build a house. One of the major costs is the raw materials that are used in the construction process. This is where post frame homes have an advantage. Building a post frame home does not require anywhere near the same amount of raw material as homes that are built using traditional building methods.
For homeowners who want to take occupation as quickly as possible post frame construction is the ideal choice. Post frame homes can be erected in a fraction of the time that it takes to get a typically designed and built home ready for occupation. This also cuts down on the cost of the labor that is required during the building process. Also, where the construction season is short, and the building process may be interrupted by adverse weather conditions the building of a post frame house makes an enormous amount of sense.
Further cost savings can be realized by the homeowner because post frame homes are much easier to insulate due to the significant gaps between the posts.
When all is said and done post frame houses are an excellent choice for the homeowner because they are so easy to customize as well as costing significantly less to build. In regions where snow, wind and rain may damage homes made using other methods of construction post frame homes will offer a significantly better option.