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New for Canadians: Concrete Post Foundation Now Available

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.

Perma-Column in Post Frame Building

Perma-Column in Post Frame Building

They give the best of both worlds:  the cost-effectiveness of post frame construction with the durability of concrete. The Perma-Column has been used for years in the U.S. and is now available for the first time in Canada.

Tested by both Wisconsin and Purdue University, the Perma-Column outperforms wood posts in comparative strength tests.

How is it made?
The wood column is attached to a “U” shaped steel bracket made of 1/4” steel with 1/2” thru-bolts and 1/4” lags. This bracket is robotically welded to steel reinforcement that runs the entire length of the column. All the steel is a premium domestic high strength alloy.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the benefits of this new technology:

  • made of the latest in self-compacting concrete precasting technology give 3 x the strength of standard concrete
  • microfibers add shock resistance and durabilit
  • microsilicia enhances flexural/compressive strength and erosion resistance
  • corrosion inhibitor protects the rebar reinforcement from rusting
  • a final admixture is added to give freeze/thaw protection

We have more specs at Integrity Post Structures or you can get more information on Perma-Columns direct from the manufacturer.

Read the Canadian announcement on Perma-Columns.