Wood or metal? It’s the great debate when it comes to horse barns. Right up front, it’ll cost you more to build a horse barn using traditional wood construction – but it’s more than just money. There are some key reasons why a metal and steel DIY building kit is the better choice.

You’ll Save Money

The cost of maintaining a horse fluctuates based on your location, but according to The Spruce Pets, a leading website on animal care, puts the minimum annual cost of caring for a horse at nearly $1,830 annually. And that doesn’t include vet bills.

It’s important to note that this doesn’t include boarding. Again, according to The Spruce Pets, this can cost up to $1,000 a month. The cost of boarding is one of the top reasons why many horse owners who have space on their property opt to build a barn.

Room to Grow

Metal barn designs help you allowing you to build what you need or can afford right now, without hampering your ability to expand in the future. Standard wood construction simply cannot offer the flexibility of a metal horse barn.

You’re not sacrificing safety just because it’s easily expandable. Metal and steel horse barn kits are built to withstand severe weather. You’ll get ample protection for your horses and any equipment. Our designs are so dependable that we offer a 50-year structural warranty.


Wood has proven its general ability to stand up to Mother Nature, but metal buildings with steel trusses are far more durable. The clear span truss design means that you won’t end up with a claustrophobic space. You’ll appreciate the lack of flat ceilings, which make for more usable interior space. Go ahead and put a gambrel roof on your design for maximum effect.

Metal exteriors dramatically lower the amount of time and money you’ll spend on maintenance. Inside, you’ll have wood studs every 24 inches. This creates the standard interior framing convention that gives you the flexibility to finish the interior with standard material, doors, and windows. You can even insulate with normal batt-style insulation. The side sheeting is sealed off at the bottom with base molding to guard against intrusion by rodents or insects.

You’re bound to have questions about this approach to building a horse barn. DIY isn’t for everybody, but our kits are designed to make it an easy and affordable way to create a safe and low maintenance place for your horses. Check out our FAQ section, and then feel free to request free information. We’ll send you a free kit.

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