Post-frame construction meets specific zoning requirements within almost all local areas.
Not a pole building
Some local governing bodies have sought to exclude "pole barns" from specific zones. Post-frame structures are sometimes mistakenly called "pole barns" or "pole buildings."
Unlike pole barns, post frame uses rectangular solid-sawn posts and laminated columns. Very few, if any, professional builders use round poles instead of square posts or laminated columns. Therefore, if a zoning ordinance specifies that "pole barns" or "pole buildings" are prohibited, this should not be construed to infer that post-frame buildings are also prohibited.
Restriction of any specific type of construction that is code-approved could imply an illegal restriction of trade.
However, zoning ordinances may apply construction restrictions based on aesthetic considerations.
There are several aspects of aesthetic external building appearance that may become the focus of zoning ordinance restrictions. The following points may be important when considering building appearance:
- Specifying types of roofing and/or siding that may or may not be used.
- Minimum/maximum roof slope.
- Minimum eave overhang.
- Guttering and other watershed devices necessary for proper drainage.
- Awnings or other suitable overhead coverings for porches or other building features not covered by roof overhang.
- Porches or architectural entryways over entryways facing public streets.
- Minimum number of windows per linear foot of walls fronting a public street.
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There are many ways to enhance the curb appeal of buildings.
- Roof options such as eave overhang, fascia, Mansard, Dutch, clerestory hip or gables.
- Horizontal steel siding, standing seam roofing and/or other options that conceal fasteners.
- Color-coordinated fasteners, wainscoting and trim.
- Brick, cultured stone, wood or other wainscoting to compliment metal siding above.
- New metal panel and roofing options that mimic other materials, such as stucco, tile or other textures.
- Coating or covering steel siding with products such as board and batten siding, EIFIS, architectural foam and other materials.
- Different exterior finishes curbside, while taking advantage of the economy and durability offered by metal cladding on non-curbside portions of the building.
- Panels with higher-quality substrates and coating systems that will resist corrosion chalk and fade over longer periods of time.
- Building setback, location of loading docks, screening of outdoor storage, landscaping, signage, compatible uses, etc.
Post-frame buildings may sport almost any type of external appearance, and can meet the highest aesthetic demands.