Wood Frame Buildings vs Metal Building Frames
Angie Dobson

By: Angie Dobson on February 16th, 2018

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Wood Frame Buildings vs Metal Building Frames


What advantages does a wood post frame metal building have over a steel frame metal building?

In a previous blog post we mentioned how a metal building can have either a wood frame or a steel frame. Which is better? The answer to that question depends on your priorities.

Steel-frame buildings are a good fit when you need extremely wide (well more than 100') clear-span interiors, such as in a large manufacturing facility. Wood trusses max out at about 100'.

For metal buildings less than 100’ wide, a wood post frame building is generally a better choice for the following 3 reasons:

1. Design Flexibility

It is much easier, and thus less expensive, to get higher-pitched roofs, interesting roof lines, overhangs, dormers, offsets, etc. on wood-frame buildings than steel-frame. That’s why it is so common to see steel buildings with extremely low-pitch roofs and no overhangs.

2. Energy Efficiency

Post frame buildings are easier to insulate and don’t suffer from the extreme thermal bridging of steel-frame buildings. Learn more about the energy-efficient attributes of post-frame, steel-frame and block.

3. Savings

Lumber is nearly always less expensive than manufactured steel beams, sometimes substantially so. The lower material costs in a post-frame building translate into savings for you.

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About Angie Dobson

Angie graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the FBi team, Angie was a kitchen and bath sales consultant in Lafayette, IN. In 2012, she started with FBi as the Inside Sales/Marketing Assistant. Today she holds the role as Marketing Project Manager. Angie grew up in a farming community and has always enjoyed helping her family on the farm. A past 10 year 4-H Member, her passion for livestock pursued her to take a career in the agriculture field. Her and her husband live in Northwest Indiana with their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor leisure activities and spending time with friends and family.