Metal Barns

Metal Barns in my opinion is one of the greatest advances in the modern rural farm since the first tractor broke ground in late 1800.  How does that influence you and your family today?

More and more people who have chosen to give up their way of life in the big city for a quieter lifestyle in the country are realizing the major problems that can occur with traditional wooden barns.

Old fashioned barns come with a plethora of issues that can be eliminated by installing steel barns. It’s essential that you know what you’re getting into when you buy a property with an older barn.

Metal Barns-The Perils of Planking

Most barns that were built in the last century and before were made of flat planks. Although years ago planks were the best material option for building barns, they really aren’t the best choice in this century. Fortunately, we’ve learned that sometimes the old ways are not the best.

More often than not, wooden barns have significant gaps between the planks. Sure, this may be great to alleviate some of the odors that will be held inside of the barn but it is not the safest form of refuge for your farm stock or other equipment. 

Plank barns also are a haven for bees, wasps, termites and bats. Although bees and wasps can be easily and inexpensively eradicated, termites will have caused a lot of damage before the barn will even start showing signs of a problem. Bats are a bigger issue.

They not only carry rabies but the guano (droppings) can cause mold, fungus and hystoplasmosis, a serious and potentially life threatening respiratory problem in man and animals.

It’s also very difficult and costly to have the bats removed and guano cleaned. Don’t forget, that mold breeds spores and if the spores get into your hay, you will have a barn full of dead animals.  Wooden barns are slowly becoming a thing of the past.

Better Bets for Barns

There are even quite a few farmers whose families have been farming for generations have opted to build steel barns as opposed to the traditional wooden plank barns of the past.

Many have reported that since changing over to metal barn buildings, their farm animals and equipment are in better condition. A lot of these farmers like the fact that the maintenance is significantly less than with wood barns.

Let’s face it; farmers are always busy and less time they need to spend repairing the barns and other out buildings, the more time they have caring for the animals and planting their crops. 

Shingles versus Metal

There are plenty of people who relocate from urban areas to the wide open spaces of the country that believe the shingles on the house should match the shingles on the barn.

Shingled roofs may look nice to city slickers but they are not the most feasible option for country living. They blow off rather easily when summer thunderstorms or winter blizzards hit. This means you’ll have to pay someone to fix them.

A metal barn roof is a smarter choice. They seem to last forever and the maintenance is minimal. These roofs will keep your stock and equipment safer than shingled roofs.

You should keep in mind that when you buy steel barns they will have the steel roof too. Your new country life will be much more enjoyable if you keep your animals and farm equipment safe. 

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