agricultural Steel Buildings

Economically and operationally, steel buildings are making more and more sense with each passing day. The convenience and savings that steel buildings offer are causing more and more farmers to slowly transition over from wood and concrete buildings.

This article will make a comparison between the structural properties of steel buildings and pole barns, and examine the further advantages that steel buildings have to offer.

So without further ado, let’s go!


Considering there is no wood involved in the structure of steel buildings, ground-to-wood contact is not an issue, therefore, eliminating the issue of wood rot. In addition, steel structures use a concrete foundation, leading to a more stable and reinforced structure. Also, the materials used in a pole barn (again, wood for example) will trap odors and smells which your livestock are bound to give off. Steel is also easier to clean.

Moreover, the way steel buildings are made and depending on your local building regulations, you do not need to install any additional framing for insulation purposes. You can insert plywood or sheetrock without having to make any further investments on fixtures and frames, saving you a lot of money in the process.


It is an established fact of science that steel is a durable material and any structure that is calculatedly made of such a material is bound to be more durable than steel is in its raw or pre-fabricated form. This durability translates to a strong, and in some cases impenetrable, resistance to a number of elements including fast winds, hard rains, and hailstorms, pests such as termites, mildew, rot, and best of all, fire.
If maintained properly, these structures can last for more than 70 years. Environmental wear and tear are minimal and the material properties of the structure allow it to take damage to one part without compromising the overall structural integrity.


Extreme weather affects livestock as much as it would affect humans. Regardless of what you are raising, be it cows, pigs, sheep, or turkeys, agricultural steel buildings are a better option to safely house your animals. Even if you do not want to take a compassionate viewpoint, from an economic view it makes more sense to opt for a safer and cost-efficient (explained below) method of housing.

The same applies to the storage of farm equipment, which tends to cost a lot of money. If you’ve invested so much time and money into building your business, would you not want to keep your assets (in this case equipment and livestock) safe?


There is no doubt that a steel building will have a higher initial cost than a wood or concrete structure. However, in the long term, it makes more fiscal sense to go with steel agricultural buildings. The durability factor explained above also translates to low maintenance costs. Steel won’t warp because of heavy rain and the hot sun and small modifications require less labor and material. Furthermore, the safety factor translates to reduced expenses in the form of lower insurance costs.