About Modular Barns and Modular Barn Construction
Definition of Modular Barn:
Modular Barn is the barn that's either delivered completely built or
delivered partially built in sections and assembled on site.
Completely Built Modular Barns may include portable horse sheds,
shedrow barns, small storage barns and similar buildings that are built at a
manufacturing facility and delivered on flat bed trucks & trailers. These
types of barns are delivered fully built and in most cases may be put in use
almost immediately. The advantage of such barn is its affordability and
fast turn-around. In most cases, barns like these can be completely built
and delivered within 2-3 weeks from the order date. We think it's worth
mentioning that most of the manufacturers offering these types of barns are
located in Pennsylvania and are mostly built by the Amish craftsmen.
Partially Built Modular Barns include, but not limited to center aisle
horse barns, barns with big front overhangs (lean-tos) and in some cases storage
barns. These types of barns are generally larger and require some on-site
assembly. As you can see from this picture, the modular boxes were
delivered completely built and the roof is being built on-site. There are
some barn manufacturers that might partially or even completely build the roof
and put it in place by using the crane or forklifts. A Modular "Monitor
Barn" is a good example of a pre-built roof where barn lower sections and the
center upper section are delivered in 3 pieces and connected together usually in
1 or 2 days.
Modular Barns vs. Pole Barns
It is hard to say with certainty which barn is built better or which barn is
more affordable. The quality of construction and the price varies from
builder to builder. Generally though, modular barn has to be built
sturdier in order to withstand stresses during delivery and unloading.
When building modular barn sections (boxes), manufacturers normally use more
material throughout construction and brace the walls better in order to make the
As for the price, modular barns are not always cheaper, however. One
might think that modular barns should cost less than pole barns, since
manufacturers save time & money by building most of the modular barn components
at their location. But when you figure delivery costs associated to
deliver oversize modular boxes, required concrete foundation, and in some cases equipment rental (crane,
forklift, etc.), the cost might end up being the same or in some cases even
higher than a regular pole barn built completely on site.
In addition, the construction of a modular barn requires better site access
in order to deliver the oversize boxes and other components.
The modular barn, however, has few advantages over the pole barn. These
advantages include faster turn-around and less time spent on site by a
If you are looking into purchasing a modular barn, try to weigh all the
options, compare the price, and most important, compare the construction
specifications to make sure that the barn you are buying is properly built.
And remember, it is wrong to automatically assume that a modular barn is less
expensive and that it's not built as good as any on-site built barn. We
have seen some modular horse barns that were built significantly better than any
pole barn, but, we have also seen some modular barns that were built very poorly
in order to keep the cost down. This is why it's so important to get a
detailed list of construction specifications from the builder and to see how
their barn is built.