Horse stables have a unique set of requirements. They have to be extremely durable, structurally sound, wind, weather, fire and insect resistant, and capable of housing animals that weigh nearly a ton. Other factors such as climate, whether the stable will house breeding stock or riding horse and other considerations must also be taken into account when selecting the type of building to use.
A steel building barn meets all of the necessary conditions. They are virtually maintenance free once erected, can be built to specification on a firm footing or pre-existing slab, and provide a warm, safe environment for the housing of horses or other livestock.
The advantages of steel building and barns over more traditional buildings include:
- Speed of construction. With pre-engineered barn buildings, a steel horse barn can be manufactured, delivered and erected in a matter of a few months as opposed to the 6-9 month time required for building a structure composed of traditional materials. Typically, prefab metal buildings can be erected in 50% of the time due to the fact that all the components are pre-manufactured before arriving at your job-site - as opposed to traditional construction where the parts of the building are measured and cut on-site.
- Durability. Steel horse stables are free from insects that cause damage to wooden structures. They are also less likely to house vermin. In addition, steel will not rot, crack or deteriorate like a wooden barn. Imagine not having to worry about painting your barn or re-roofing for at least 20 years - that's the reality with a pre-engineered building. No painting, no replacing rotten boards, no replacing roof tiles = more time riding!
- Insurance benefits. Due to the fire resistant nature of steel, property, and fire insurance premiums are much cheaper for steel buildings and barns - in contrast to hefty insurance costs for traditional wooden stables.In fact, many states won't even provide barn insurance because they see them as a high fire risk - not so with a prefab barn.
- Safety. Horses are more secure in a steel building or barn. Steel will not splinter if kicked, and there is no exposed wood for horses to bite or chew on, eliminating concerns about 'cribbing' or injuries caused by ingesting pre-treated wooden fragments.
- Cost. Barn construction costs are far lower with a steel barn and are less expensive to maintain over time. They do not require painting or other protection from the elements, and can carry a significant snow load. Whether a Quonset style building or a more traditional peaked-roof (rigid frame) barn style is selected, steel is cheaper in the long run compared to other building materials, due to the expected lifespan of the building coupled with zero maintenance.
- Convenience. Using steel for horse stables means that adding stall features such as dividers, doors, feeders and watering options is as simple as bolting components onto the steel frame. Partitions can be erected to provide areas for feed and tack or equipment storage. Kits with all the necessary parts for a fully functional horse barn can be customized for the desired number of stalls as well as any additional features.
Author: Conrad Mackie