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In Agricultural Buildings, Pole Barns vs. Steel Barns, more

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

In Agricultural Buildings, Pole Barns vs. Steel Barns, more

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

In Agricultural Buildings, Pole Barns vs. Steel Barns, more

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

In Agricultural Buildings, Pole Barns vs. Steel Barns, more

So What’s the Difference between Pole Barns and Steel Barns?

Part 1: Defining Pole Barns and Pre-engineered Metal Barns Perplexed about pole barns vs. steel buildings and what the advantages of steel buildings are? Let’s start with the basics by defining each type of structure. This article is the first in a eight-part series exploring these two building systems, comparing the short-term and long-term differences. So what exactly is a “Pole Barn”? Although there may be small variations from source to source, most pole barns are similar in framing. Typically,… Read More

In Agricultural Buildings, Steel Building Benefits, more

13 Reasons Farmers and Ranchers Choose Steel Systems

The Benefits of Pre-engineered Metal Buildings for Agribusiness Visionary farmers and ranchers were among the first to see the potential for pre-engineered metal buildings.  They were choosing prefabricated steel systems for their agribusiness operations long before the commercial, industrial, and residential markets joined in the switch to steel. Below is a baker’s dozen of the many advantages steel buildings bring to the agricultural market. 1. Economical American farm and ranch operations today run on a tight profit margin.  Agribusiness managers… Read More

In Agricultural Buildings, Types of Steel Buildings

Steel Buildings for Bigger Farms

Prefabricated Steel Buildings for America’s Agricultural Industry Technology has forever altered every facet of the American experience, but few areas have changed as radically as farming.  Today’s agribusiness operations farm on a much grander scale than even twenty years ago.  Most of the farms are larger, the equipment is huge, and the yield is greater than ever before.  The barns, hay shed, shelters, and other farm buildings must meet the needs of 21st century farmers.  Prefab steel buildings and metal barns like… Read More

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