When it comes to building a barn, function and durability are of utmost importance. However, you’ll also want to consider the look of the barn. Most people will want something more traditional, aesthetically speaking, to ensure it matches or compliments the existing buildings on their property. This doesn’t mean that you have to build a barn out of traditional materials, like wood. In fact, the best option is to invest in a metal barn.
Metal barns are incredibly versatile and can be customized for a wide variety of uses. They’re also more durable, more resistant to damage, and relatively inexpensive when compared to the costs of traditional brick and mortar or wood barns. With that in mind, the following is an in-depth guide covering everything you need to know about metal barns.
The Many Uses of Metal Barns
Because of how durable metal barns are, they offer more protection against the elements as well as better security against outside threats than barns made from other materials. This also means that metal barns can be used for any number of applications, including the following:
Animal Shelter: Your metal barn can be designed to house any kind of animals that you have. Not only will a metal barn protect them from the elements and keep them safe from outside predators, but metal buildings, in general, are easier to insulate, allowing you to better regulate the temperature inside the barn and keep your animals comfortable all year round.
Workshop: Whether you’re a farmer who needs a place to work on equipment or a hobbyist who likes to tinker in the garage, a metal barn can easily be turned into the perfect workshop. Because metal buildings can be easily customized, you can add features such as ventilation, larger door openings, windows, and more to create a safe and effective workshop space.
Small Business Storefront: Despite being advertised as a “barn,” a metal barn can easily be used like any other type of building. This means that you can convert it into a small business storefront by simply adding all the necessary windows, doors, vents, and insulation.
Greenhouse: Metal barns are an excellent choice for greenhouses since they can be easily customized to accommodate all the vents and windows, including skylights, that a greenhouse needs. Plus, metal buildings can be insulated, making it easier to regulate the temperatures inside to help foster growth.
Guest House: A metal barn can easily be turned into a guest house by adding some windows, insulation, and proper flooring. This is a great option if you have visitors coming to stay on your property, as it will provide them with a comfortable and private space to sleep and relax.
Agricultural Equipment Storage: A metal barn can also be used to store any agricultural equipment that you have on your farm, such as tractors, plows, and other machinery. This is a great way to keep your equipment safe from the elements and thieves.
Small or Big Storage Needs: You can customize the size of the metal barn to fit your needs, which means that you can use the building to store anything such as vehicles, tools, equipment, food, seed, hay, and more.
Our metal barns are designed using an arch-style roof. This type of roof is one of the most popular choices for metal barns because it’s incredibly strong and can withstand heavy snowfall and high winds. The arch-style roof also helps provide metal barns with a more traditional farm building aesthetic.
Choosing The Right Size
Because metal barns are prefabricated, they are designed to your specific measurements. As such, the right length, width, and side height will depend on what you plan to use your metal barn for.
- Length: Metal barns can be as long as you need them to be and can be lengthened even after they’ve been constructed.
- Width: The width can be anywhere from around 10′ to 125′.
- Side Height: There are three side heights to consider. The building’s peak point and the left and right lean-to-heights. The lean-to-heights are generally designed at 6′ and above.
Some local laws and regulations may require that your metal barn be certified. This is generally the case if you live in an area that’s prone to severe weather conditions. A certified building indicates that it’s been constructed to meet local building codes and requirements.
Prefab metal barns come with a lot of customization options. As such, you’ll want to consider whether you want to design your metal barn with any of the following features:
- Walk-in doors: Walk-in doors provide easy access for anyone using the building. Even if you have larger doors, you may want to consider walk-in doors for easier access (and for emergency exit purposes).
- Garage doors: Garage doors are a must if you’re planning on using your metal barn to store vehicles or other large equipment.
- Windows: Adding windows to your metal barn is a great way to let natural light in and improve ventilation.
Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Barns
The following are some of the most commonly asked questions about metal barns:
What types of custom changes can I make to my metal barn?
You can make a variety of custom changes to your metal barn, such as adding windows, vents, doors, man doors, and insulation.
What colours can I choose for my custom metal barn?
Our metal buildings come in an unpainted steel option. However, the Galvalume Plus™ coating on them acts as an excellent primer, allowing you to paint the structure however you like.
What is the maximum width that you offer in barns?
You can design your metal barn with a width of up to 125′.
Choose Durable Metal Barns at the Best Prices
Here at Future Buildings, we specialize in custom prefabricated steel buildings, including metal barns. To request an estimate or to discuss your requirements and to design a custom metal barn that suits your specific needs, be sure to contact us by calling 1-800-668-5111 today.