At Searcy Building Systems, we’re experts in pre-engineered metal buildings, also known as pre-manufactured or pre-fabricated metal buildings. We supply metal buildings for a wide variety of uses, from prefabricated barns for cattle housing or equipment storage and affordable worship spaces to manufacturing warehouses and retail buildings. We also offer plenty of customizable features.

If any one of the Three Little Pigs had called Searcy Building Systems for a quote on their houses, sadly we would have been unable to help them out. Get it, we don’t design using hay, sticks or bricks? Unfortunately, a very common misunderstanding in the construction industry is that many people don’t realize how many different construction/design types exist and that some are better applications for their projects than others. We thought that it was important to clarify a few of these, including some disadvantages of pole frame construction. Searcy Building Systems doesn’t specialize in every type of building design, but we do what we do really well and leave the other types of construction to the rest. And we are committed to making your steel building purchasing process as smooth as possible — which is why we’ve listed some of the different building design types that we don’t provide, along with a few of the best resources for each building category.

Pole barn

Post Frame, Pole Barns

Post frame construction, also known as a Pole Barn, is a type of wood-frame building system. Pole barns —simple, foundation-free structures often used in smaller agricultural applications— are a common structure built using post-frame construction. Pole barns are a low cost option for a temporary structure, though they may not be the best long-term investment. For more information on post-frame and pole barn building providers, and pole barn pros and cons, visit the National Frame Building Association directory. There are some pole frame construction disadvantages, and if you need a sturdy building for agricultural applications, consider one of our prefabricated, all-steel barns.

Shed, prefabricated building kit

Portable Building Kits, Sheds

Portable building kits and sheds are typically simple, single-story roofed structures. These buildings are manufactured out of several different types of materials – wood, light gauge steel or aluminum. They are assembled at the manufacturing facility and then drop shipped to the seller. If you’re looking for a smaller shed for personal use (such as a tool or garden shed or for backyard storage), we recommended home improvement stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot and Menard’s. For personal storage (structures 40×60 and larger) or for industrial, manufacturing storage, a prefabricated metal building will provide the durability and efficiency that these larger, more permanent structures may need.

Quonset hut

Arch style, Quonset huts

The precursor to today’s prefabricated metal buildings, arch style buildings and Quonset huts have utilitarian origins such as grain storage, salt storage and equipment storage. These half-cylindrical structures offer strength and ease of construction, though they have a more old-fashioned aesthetic and the amount of concrete necessary to combat the forces that arch-style design imposes can get quite expensive. Certain metal building retailers still sell new Quonset Huts, just Google the term Quonset Hut.


Tube Steel, Carports

These simple covered structures provide limited protection to vehicles from rain, snow and frost. They offer less protection than enclosed garages, but are very affordable and allow for more ventilation. Typically manufactured from 12-14 ga 4” tubing, these types of construction can be found at Home improvement stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot who sell attached and stand-alone carports for homeowners or small business looking to protect their vehicles. You might also search online for “tube steel carports”. For enterprises looking for a heavier, more commercial design which requires greater spans between steel members to protect a large fleet of commercial vehicles, consider one of our rigid frame warehouse buildings.

Wood frame building

Wood Frame, Conventional Construction

The predominant method of building homes and apartments, wood frame construction has also been used in commercial and industrial buildings (typically only used for framing of interior walls within an all-steel structure). Wood frame buildings are economical to build, heat and cool. However, there are some disadvantages of wood frame construction, as they are not as economical for larger buildings due to the required spans and are susceptible to moisture, termite damage and the rising cost of lumber. For more information on wood frame construction, contact a local builder in your area or visit the American Wood Council.


Still unsure of where to source your building needs and want to learn more about pole frame construction disadvantages? Reach out to one of our metal building experts. We are happy to discuss your project with you and direct you to the best resources and answer questions on how you might use one of our prefabricated steel building systems for your project needs. Just imagine if those Three Little Pigs had built their homes out of steel – wouldn’t have been much of a story there, huh?