Rigid Frame Steel Buildings vs. Wood Frame Steel Buildings (Pole Buildings)

Benefits of wood frame steel buildings (pole buildings):

  • They are less expensive up front– Pole buildings are cost-effective if a building’s dimensions fit within the wood frame building’s standards.
  • They can be utilitarian– The wood structure that is exposed inside can be useful for hanging things on walls.

Benefits of rigid frame steel buildings:

  • They are more durable– Rigid frame steel buildings last longer and are more capable of withstanding extreme conditions.
  • They are more flexible– Steel structured metal buildings can have few to no interior columns, meaning that their interior layout is far more flexible and better for storing large pieces of equipment and conducting  interior activities.
  • They are more energy efficient– Rigid frame steel buildings can be insulated far better than wood frame steel buildings, which boosts energy efficiency and can lead to vast savings on heating and cooling costs.
  • They are more customizable– Rigid frame metal buildings can have a wide variety of exterior products put on them. Therefore, it is far easier to make them aesthetically appealing.
  • They can have larger door openings– Steel structured metal buildings can have much larger door openings (e.g. overhead, rolling, and sliding doors), making them better for storing large pieces of equipment. From an agricultural perspective, this makes them ideal for storing large farm equipment such as combines.
Because they don’t need interior columns and can have such large door openings, most passenger jet storage and maintenance facilities are rigid frame steel buildings.