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February 19, 2020
For a farm or homestead, a barn is an essential piece of the puzzle. A large barn can not only house animals, but also equipment, supplies, and much more. If you have been putting off a barn project because of the cost, it’s time to take a closer look at your options for this job. By going with a metal barn rather than the traditional wood, you can save money and shorten the construction timeline. Let’s take a closer look at how to build a barn the right way.
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Selecting a site is the first step in the barn-building process. You need to know precisely where the barn is going to go before you can determine dimensions, select features, etc. Ideally, you’ll have a spot on your property that is already relatively flat, has easy access for vehicles, and offers enough space to build a barn that can meet your needs. It might take a bit of searching to find the right spot, but take your time, because this step is critical.
If you are going to build a standard metal barn, you will need to prepare the site with a flat concrete slab before construction can begin. For barns that need this kind of finished floor, this will be the obvious choice. But what if you would rather leave the floor of the barn bare? In that case, you can go with a pole barn. You don’t need a formal foundation to erect a pole barn structure, as the “poles” that hold up the roof are placed in the ground and serve as their own foundation.
Buying your barn from Carport Kingdom will provide you with a long list of custom options to pick from as you design your structure. We have plenty of prefab barn designs on our site, but building yours from scratch will allow you to get exactly what you desire. Some of the key custom options to consider are listed below.
You’ll need to choose either a vertical or horizontal roof for your new barn. These terms refer to the orientation of the roof panels. A horizontal roof has panels that run from front to back, while a vertical roof sees the panels run up and down. A horizontal orientation is more affordable thanks to a reduced amount of supporting structure. However, vertical panels do a better job of dealing with adverse weather conditions, so they may be worth the added cost depending on your climate.
Some barns won’t have any doors at all, as they’ll simply be open on the sides to provide easy in-and-out access for animals, machines, etc. However, if you want doors, you will be able to pick exactly where you want those doors and what style you would like them to be. Large roll-up doors are great for keeping equipment out of the weather conditions, for instance. Think about how the barn will be used as you design your door layout.
For the most part, you’ll be thinking about your barn’s functions when you design it from scratch. But there’s nothing wrong with taking a moment to think about style as well! Play around with different color combinations and roof styles until you land on something that will look perfect on your property.
In some climates, you can get away with building a barn just about any time of year. In places where the winters are harsh, on the other hand, you will need to time the construction of your barn just right so you can avoid weather-related troubles. As you start designing your barn and planning out all of the little details, keep the timing of the construction process in mind.
Fortunately, when you work with Carport Kingdom to construct a metal barn, you won’t have to account for nearly as much build time as you would with a traditional wood barn. Depending on the size of your structure, it could be put up in as little as a couple of days.
At Carport Kingdom, we make it easy to add a metal barn structure to your property. In fact, we offer a variety of quality metal structures, including carports, barns, garages, sheds, and more. Now that you know how to build a barn, feel free to experiment with our Build & Price tool to see what is possible and be sure to contact us if any questions come up. Thank you for considering Carport Kingdom!