What are the Best Equestrian Structures?
In recent years, pre-engineered steel barns revolutionized the horse barn market. There has been a monumental shift from original wooden pole barns. The original wooden pole barns left very few choices for those looking to shelter their horses. Now that pre-fabricated steel barns are available it makes for a more comfortable choice when you compare the length of life of a wooden pole barn to a pre-engineered steel barn. The new innovative offering to the market makes for a more affordable and reliable choice when purchasing an agricultural type structure. With the advances of the modular building market the choice doesn’t appear to be a hard one to make when you compare a 10-20 year lifespan with a 20-40 year lifespan for the buildings. Simply put, prefab steel barns last longer than their predecessors. Manufacturers usually offer warranties for pre-engineered metal horse barns. On the contrary, you would be lucky to get a warranty with the wooden horse barns.
Prefabricated Horse Barns are Safe and Dependable Shelters for Animals & Livestock
Equestrian companies who choose a steel horse barn place the safety of the residing animals first. The fact that the frames are made from steel make them virtually indestructible to extreme winds and other weather conditions. Prefabricated steel buildings have a fire retardant nature, yet another reason to choose a steel horse barn over a wooden horse barn. There are also major insurance savings that come along with steel horse barns.
The Federation of Humane Societies note that regardless of the building material employed, you will still want to take precautions against fire dangers within your barn and that the period of “initial building construction is the most economical time to install sprinkler and alarm systems.” They also suggest to “use firewalls to divide blocks of stalls, extending to 1m above the ridge line.”
Horse and Rider is an excellent magazine to explore the stages for planning of your barn. Most articles feature new barns and the plans associated with those buildings. Some of the steel modular horse barns featured in the magazine illustrate some of the customizations that can be done to a prefab steel horse barn. Some customizations include extra stalls, washrooms and offices. Coastal Steel Structures advises that you should let your manufacturer know if you plan on making changes later or adding anything to the steel horse barn at a later date. Letting them know ahead of time makes upgrading the steel structure a whole lot easier and more affordable later.
Pre-Engineered Horse barns erect very quickly, cost less, have longer warranties and provide a safe structure for horses. They make future expansion easier and less costly. The fact that they are highly customizable makes for a “no brainer” when it comes to the decision of a wooden horse barn or a prefab steel horse barn.
If you’re still on the fence about what type of structure to get please give us a call and we’ll be happy to tell you more about your options.
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