Time after time we are asked the question, "Why is an Integrity building more expensive than your competition?" The truth is, we are more expensive. We are more expensive because we don't build the same building as our competition. We aren't comparing apples to apples here. We are comparing apples to super structure, engineered oranges.

One of the most critical things to remember when seeking a price for an Integrity building is that the most reliable source throughout the design process will always be your local salesman. The experienced sales team at Integrity are equipped with the knowledge to explain to a customer what a building will cost and why it will cost what it costs.

Post-frame buildings are gaining popularity in the industry over the past few decades. Companies, corporations and industries often choose these high-quality and sturdy frame building designs for their office or workplace. The design, construct and durability of the post frame buildings make them a better choice for industrial usage. Frame construction includes engineered wood-frame building system, laminated columns, steel framing and heavy concrete masonry.

Perma-Column Posts are precast concrete columns that allow for a concrete foundation on your post frame building. They are 5’ precast concrete columns that keep the wood out of the ground, ensuring your building’s foundation will last. There are many advantages of building with Perma-Column Posts starting with your building’s strength and its durability.

Our post frame buildings have a wide variety of features and options so that you can customize a building for your specific needs. Experienced and knowledgeable staff at Integrity will go over all your options with you so that you get the building designed exactly the way you want.

Our post frame buildings have a wide variety of features and options that allow you to customize a building for your specific needs. Experienced and knowledgeable staff at Integrity will go over all your options with you so that you get the building designed exactly the way you want.

In a previous blog post How to Prepare Your Site for Construction, I talked about how to choose a good building site, calling before you dig and leveling your site.

If you're seeking the most durable, advanced post option in post frame construction, explore the new advanced technique which combines the Perma-Column with the Integrity Post Disc.

 Good news--you're building a post frame building! Before we get started, it’s important that you follow a number of recommendations to ensure your site is prepped and ready for the crew to arrive.

It’s a question I’m often asked. That being: “I’d like to add on to an existing building instead of starting from scratch. The building is good enough and I have a plan. Can you do that?”

Relatively new to Canada, the Perma-Column, combines the best of both worlds for post frame buildings: cost-effective wood posts with longer-lasting, durable concrete.

Find out what makes the Perma-Column special in this two-part series with Bob Meyer & Phillip Stoller of Perma-Column on their recent trip to Alberta-based Integrity Post Structures.

Want your hay to retain its quality and value for as long as possible? Sure. Who wouldn't.

One of the easiest and best ways you can do this is by storing it indoors.

According to North Dakota State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture,"Studies have shown outdoor storage losses range between 5 and 35 percent depending on the amount of precipitation, storage site location, and original condition of the bale.Storage losses are usually reduced by approximately two-thirds with indoor storage..."

Ensure your building is constructed with the safety of you, your family, equipment and property in mind. Researching the engineering approach of your builder up front before your next building purchase can save money and potential problems in the future.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about post frame including what works and what doesn’t.

The "pole barn" has been around for centuries. In fact, many prehistoric people used posts driven into the ground as a way to erect buildings for a number of uses. Buildings along shorelines were built with poles to raise them above the water line. In rural areas, poles were used as the base for farm sheds. However, these buildings could only be relied on for a short period of time as the lifespan of the poles were limited due to contact with the ground, unless they were built in very dry regions. As the Great Depression settle in and building materials were hard to come by, a new type of pole building emerged.

An American entrepreneur designed a building that used 2' x 4' boards and a truss system. Advances in Post Frame Since the humble beginning of pole buildings, the industry has experienced many advances in engineering. Treated, laminated posts are standard in most building practices.

Another option is the superior Permanent Wood Foundation (PWF) treated wood post that has an even higher level of protection than regular treated wood. Engineering to local codes, large rib metal with 40-year warranty, energy efficient doors and windows, Hardie Board siding, new building designs and modern accessories are just some of the innovations of the post frame industry. New Era for Post Frame with Engineered Concrete Base for Post Probably the biggest advance for post frame today is the introduction of the Perma-Column. Perma-Columns are precast concrete columns that keep wood out of the ground. They are the first product to combine the economy of post frame construction with the durability of a concrete foundation.

About Perma-Column

  • Uses the latest in self-compacting concrete precasting technology, which gives three times the strength of standard concrete
  • The special concrete mixture is designed to be so dense that water can't penetrate it and subsequently freeze/thaw to break it up. The mixture is comparable to that used in bridge piers—meaning that it must stand up to cold temperatures around water.
  • Used for years in the U.S. and thoroughly tested by the universities of Wisconsin and Purdue, the Perma-Column outperforms standard wood posts
  • Comes with a lifetime guarantee
  • Find out more about the Perma-Column engineering specs.

Modern Applications for Post Frame If you look around the rural Canadian landscape, post frame buildings are everywhere serving a wide range of purposes: machinery storage, farm shops, hay and grain storage, riding arenas, commercial operations, new hip roof style barns and more. And it’s just started. Stay tuned to see what else is coming for post frame!

This is an exciting post for us at Integrity. We are so pleased to let Canadians know of the biggest development to hit post frame! The Perma-Column is a pre-cast concrete column--the first product on the Canadian market that keeps wood out of the ground.