Lessons I learned in post frame


Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about post frame including what works and what doesn’t. Here are my top three mistakes to avoid when looking at post

Mistake #1: Building too small

As the saying goes, if I had a dollar for every person who came up to me at a tradeshow who’s said, “I wish I would have built 20’ or 10’ longer, or wider.”

“I’ve never had anyone come up to me and say they’ve built too big. But I’ve heard hundreds of times from people who wish they would have built bigger. That is my top advice for anyone thinking of building—build bigger than what you think you need.”

Mistake #2: The addition on the addition on the addition…

Let’s not go there. Instead, we can help you plan out a real solution in one building. There are a number of structural complications, risks of leakage involved in adding on to existing buildings—never mind the difficulties in colour matching and overall good looks of your project. You know the ones I’m talking about. The colours almost match—but close is only good in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Mistake #3: Not comparing apples to apples

I can’t emphasize this one enough. Things are not always what they seem. Some products may look the same from the outside, but the reality is often far inferior.

When you’re shopping around for a building, make sure you are comparing the same components—things that are critical when it comes to the integrity of your building. Here’s a list to start:

  • Posts
  • Wood grade
  • Metal—what’s the paint warranty?

Find a list of questions to ask before you buy here.

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