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Agricultural Building Trends- Part 1

The Super-Sizing of U.S. Farming BIG defines the agricultural building trends today. Farms are bigger and so are tractors and other farming equipment, creating an increased need for bigger farm buildings. In 1790, farmers made up 90% of the U.S. labor force. Farming required backbreaking work, plowing fields with crude wooden plows pulled by horses or oxen. Three hundred man-hours were needed to produce 100 bushels of wheat. By the mid-1800s, innovations in farming— like the steel plow— allowed farmers… Read More

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Building Green Down on the Farm

Why Farmers and Ranchers Choose Pre-engineered Steel Buildings People who enjoy country living favor building green, eco-friendly structures on their rural properties. Whether their country home represents a retreat from urban life or their livelihood, rural dwellers love the land. Country people are, by nature, conservationists. Environment preservation is important to them, and so is eco-friendly green building. Farmers and ranchers were the first to appreciate and build with steel. Even before the environmental movement gained national support, those who… Read More

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Making Hay Sheds While the Sun Shines

Protecting Feed, Livestock, and Equipment with Metal Ag Buildings Shrewd farmers and ranchers use pre-engineered metal hay sheds and barns to protect their assets. Planting, growing, and harvesting hay represents a significant amount of time, money, and effort. Why leave bales rotting in the field when prefabricated steel hay sheds and barns are so economical and easy to erect? Hay Production in the U.S. In 2015, U.S. hay production topped 134.4 million tons. The top ten hay producing states— California,… Read More

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15 More Reasons to Choose Metal Barns over Pole Barns

PART 8: PREFAB METAL BARNS OUTPERFORM POLE BARNS Our previous blog, “15 Reasons to Choose Steel Barns over Pole Barns,” highlight some of the key benefits of choosing a pre-engineered metal barn or steel building over a pole barn. This follow-up article, the last installment of an eight-part series, showcases an additional fifteen benefits of building your next barn or building with modern, pre-engineered metal building system— instead of the old-fashioned, antiquated wood-framed pole barn method. Today’s Best Metal Building… Read More

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15 Reasons to Choose Steel Barns over Pole Barns

Part 7: Pre-engineered Metal Barns: The Clear Winner This installment of our eight-part series summarizes part of the reasons RHINO steel barns outperform wood pole barns. A Feature-by-Feature Comparison of Steel Barns vs. Pole Barns 1. Wood rots, warps, twists, creeps, and splits over time.  The steel framing in metal barns will never rot, warp, twist, creep, or split. 2. Wood pole barns typically need expensive straightening every five to ten years. Pre-engineered steel barns go up straight and stay… Read More

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How Metal Barns Discourage Birds and Other Pests

Part 6: Pole Barn Trusses vs. Pre-engineered Steel Barn Rafter Beams Metal barns and pole barns both shelter assets from the weather. Farmers build barns to house and protect expensive equipment, livestock, vehicles, and other possessions from the elements. But when choosing between building pole barns or pre-engineered metal barns, consider what is overhead. Wood Trusses: An Open Invitation to Wildlife Birds of all kinds thrill us with their beauty, chirping, and antics— but no one wants the birds roosting… Read More

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5 Big Advantages of Steel Barns over Pole Barns

Part 5: Inorganic Steel Barns vs. Organic Wood Pole Barns When buying fresh veggies for a salad, organic produce is the smart choice. However, when choosing a building system, inorganic steel barns are the smarter choice over organic wood-framed pole barns. Why? Pre-engineered steel barns last longer, age slower, retain their resale value longer, and need far less maintenance than ordinary pole barns. #1: Variations Wood by its very nature is inconsistent. Every species of tree varies in physical properties… Read More

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Which Costs Less Over Time, a Metal Barn or a Pole Barn?

Part 4: Looking at Total Lifecycle Costs of Steel Barns vs. Pole Barns It is not enough to compare only initial costs of materials and construction when choosing between pre-engineered steel framed barns or wood-framed pole barns. When comparing costs of ownership of any asset, the prudent compare not only initial expenses, but also whole-life costs. This concept is known as “cradle-to-the-grave” or “womb-to-tomb” comparison and is part of the discussion on steel buildings vs. pole barns. Long Term Vision… Read More

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Steel Barn vs. Pole Barn: Which is Easier to Build?

Part 3: Comparing Metal Barn and Pole Barn Construction This is the third part in our series on pole barns vs. metal buildings. First, let’s get the terminology straight. Many people use the term “pole barn” when they are actually talking about a pre-engineered steel barn. Sometimes you hear them referred to as “metal pole barns.” The term “pole barn” actually refers to wood-framed structures. Steel-framed barns and other structures are usually built with pre-engineered metal building systems. So which… Read More

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Which is the Better Buy— Pole Barns or Metal Barns?

Part 2: Comparing Pole Barns and Pre-engineered Steel Barns Price comparisons between wood pole barns and pre-engineered metal barns rest on several factors. In this second installment of our eight-part series comparing pole barns and steel barns, we will focus on the differences in the initial costs of construction. Pole Barn versus Metal Barn Framing Kits Wood prices and steel prices fluctuate with the supply and demand of the market. Consequently, timber-based pole barn and pre-engineered steel barn framing package pricing… Read More

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