Pole / Post & Beam Construction
Pole /Post & Beam Construction is a great option for durable, cost-effective structures ranging from warehouses and garages to insulated workshops and livestock buildings. We used this method on many of our early Zepp Construction projects and in the years since, our team has continued to excel at combining quality craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal and functionality. Our carpenters have spent years working together, and it shows. Because we adhere to some of the highest standards in the industry, our end products outperform the competition’s.
Post & Beam Construction
What Is It?
Post & Beam construction is an ancient style of building that has existed in some form all the way back to 2,000 B.C. Instead of using interior walls to bear the weight of the roof, the weight is transferred to the post tops. Large timbers require fewer support beams, leading to wide-open interior spaces.
Benefits of Post & Beam Construction
Durability. Buildings created through this method can last for centuries or even longer if they’re properly maintained. Believe it or not, Stonehenge is an ancient example of Post & Beam Construction using stone instead of wood.
Environmental Friendliness. Pole & Beam Construction uses untreated timbers, meaning that structures are non-toxic for barn animals and the environment, with the extra benefit of scoring LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) points which add to a building’s value.
Visual Appeal. Vaulted ceilings, wide-open interiors and access to outdoor views make this type of building aesthetically pleasing.
Quick Assembly. Because of their lack of load-bearing walls, these types of structures are relatively quick to build.
Highly Customizable. Floor plans are easy to customize according to clients’ wishes.
Pole Building Construction
What Is It?
Pole Building Construction is more similar to conventional timber framing construction, using large poles or posts buried deep in the ground with girts (part of the framing infrastructure) providing horizontal support. This type of construction originated and gained popularity during the Great Depression as an affordable way to add agricultural outbuildings and storage areas. Because they don’t require walls, pole buildings can be open structures such as equipment sheds or picnic shelters.
Benefits of Pole Buildings
Sturdiness. Pole-built structures have high wind resistance and sturdy foundations that can resist all kinds of weather hazards, plus an ability to transfer weight and mass efficiently. This makes them ideal for protecting farm animals, equipment, crops or vehicles.
Affordability. Pole buildings require fewer materials which translate to less cost.
Adaptability to Environment. Pole buildings can be erected in any environment. Unlike conventional stick-frame buildings, they can adapt to lateral pressure which means they can survive natural disasters. Often these types of structures are the last thing standing after an earthquake or other catastrophe.
Quick Assembly. Like Post & Beam Construction, Pole Buildings are relatively fast to assemble.
Versatility. Although many people think of agriculture when they consider pole building, this method can be used to create commercial spaces, storage buildings, man caves, etc.