A pole barn is only as strong as its foundation. The method of setting posts in concrete directly in the ground is a technique that has been used for decades. Unfortunately, contractors have experienced the same wood rot caused by this direct wood-to-ground contact for decades as well. While this method is still in use today, advanced post frame construction has moved away from this technique to a solution that is changing the industry – introducing precast concrete bases from Perma-Column!
In this blog, we’ll briefly touch on the differences between setting posts in concrete vs. using precast bases as well as the benefits that come with choosing a product like Perma-Column for your next building project.
Precast Perma-Column Concrete Bases Vs. Traditional Foundation Options
There are a few options when it comes to setting your posts for a pole barn or any other type of post frame building.
- Direct Wood to Ground: The most common method of setting posts is to dig a hole and set the wood post directly into concrete. The problem with this method is that it increases the chance for wood rot due to ground moisture seeping up into the wood post.
- Post Protectors: To help with the wood rot issue, some contractors will put a post protector – a plastic or metal sleeve – around the wood post before setting it in concrete. While this does help to protect the wood post from ground moisture, it doesn’t completely eliminate the problem.
- Precast Concrete Footings: The third option is to use precast concrete footings like Perma-Column. Precast bases offer a number of benefits including easier and faster installation, no cracking or settling, and built-in termite protection. Additionally, when you use a product like Perma-Column, you don’t have to worry about wood rot because there is no direct wood to ground contact.
The Benefits of Precast Concrete Bases from Perma-Column
Precast Perma-Columns are a 5’ pre-cast concrete column that keeps the wood post completely above ground. The wood column is attached to a U-shaped steel bracket made of ¼-inch steel with ½-inch thru-bolts and ¼-inch lag bolts. This bracket is robotically welded to steel reinforcement that runs the entire length of the column. The concrete section of the column extends 3’ into the ground – just as a regular post would. This creates the best permanent foundation for your post frame building.
There are many benefits that come with choosing precast concrete footings from Perma-Column for your next building project, including:
- Easier and Faster Installation: Precast concrete footings from Perma-Column can be installed quickly and easily. There is no need to dig holes or mix concrete on site – simply set the footings in place and you’re ready to go.
- No Cracking or Settling: Precast concrete footings from Perma-Column are made with high-strength concrete and reinforced with steel rebar so they won’t crack or settle over time. This means your building will have a solid foundation that will last for years to come.
- No Wood Rot: As we mentioned before, one of the biggest benefits of using precast concrete footings is that there is no direct wood to ground contact. This means you don’t have to worry about wood rot, even in damp or wet conditions.
- Backed by a Lifetime Warranty: When you choose Perma-Column, you can rest assured knowing that your footings are backed by a Lifetime Warranty. This means you can have peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected.
Contact New Holland Supply for the Best Pole Building Foundation Available!
If you’re looking for the best foundation for your next pole building, New Holland Supply has the solution! We offer Perma-Column precast concrete bases that are easy to install, backed by a Lifetime Warranty, and engineered to provide a permanent foundation for your building.
Contact us today to learn more about our pole barn kits and customizable options for your next building project!