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Few Words About Barns
Barn - is a structure, built with a main purpose of providing storage or to house a livestock.
Some barns, especially Post & Beam and Timber Frame barns may also be converted into living quarters, or used for a business purpose. Business use for Timber Frame barns may include, but not limited to restaurants, retail shops, inns and others.
In good old days, people used to build barns with materials they had at hand and whatever was readily available to them. Most of the old barns were built either out of wood or stone.
These days however, we have a significantly higher number of construction materials available to build a barn. In addition to wood & stone, we now have steel, vinyl and different composite materials that can be used for either roofing or siding. Steel may also be used for framing as in a steel building. Who knows, perhaps in future, we'll have structural composite materials, or totally new material that we've never heard of.
By now, you are probably wondering what's the best material to use for a barn construction. The only thing we can say, is the use of materials should be decided on an individual basis. Believe it or not, there are some communities that may not even allow you to build a simple barn with steel siding and might require to have something fancier such as wood, stucco, vinyl, etc. When choosing the type of materials to use, consider all the factors, such as your neighbors, local ordinances, cost (especially now), wind loads, snow loads, average annual temperature, probability of insect infestation and the intended use of the structure. For example, in Florida state, a barn built of stone (or concrete with stone finish) will keep the inside of your building cooler and will withstand significantly higher winds. In northern states, wooden barns might be a better choice, since wooden siding will keep your barn a little warmer in the winter.