At RAM we build both Post Frame and Steel Frame Buildings
There are a couple distinctions we want to inform you of:
Post Frame Buildings built by RAM are built with columns that are finger jointed, laminated with both glue & nails, 2×6 or 2×8, and have a minimum of 3-plys. These columns are embedded in the ground at a minimum of 4’-4” (deeper where conditions require), with a concrete footing below the column. The columns have green treated wood at the end that is in the ground and transitions to standard lumber above the finger joints. We then, build from these columns putting wood trusses up, wall girts and roof purlins. Once framed we will install the roof and wall steel, while framing windows and door openings as plans call for. There is a treated board that is installed at what will be top of ground level that is called the Grade Board or sometimes referred to as the Splash Plank. This board is used to push ground against on the outside of the building. And it serves as the board that the concrete is poured against on the inside of the building.
A Steel Frame Buildings is different in two major ways: A steel frame building is just that, instead of wood it has a steel frame from wall columns to trusses. Secondly, the building is anchored on an all concrete foundation instead of a putting the columns in the ground.
Some reasons post frame buildings would be a good fit:
- Looking for an economical solution to your building needs. A Post Frame Building is considerably more economical to build because of using wood instead of steel for the frame and not having the excavation and concrete costs for the foundation of the building.
- Post Frame Buildings are very durable and have a reputation to withstand the test of time
- Post Frame Buildings are versatile and are able to meet many needs.
- Post Frame Buildings can clear span over 100’ but with interior columns
Some reasons a steel frame building would be a good fit:
- Steel frame buildings can achieve greater clear span widths that post frame. Post Frame Buildings can achieve just over 100’ clear span but a steel frame can easily double that.
- In some communities, commercial buildings cannot be built post frame and steel frame is the appropriate solution to their needs.