For years steel has been the only way to build a barndominium but these days there are many building methods to choose from. Barndominiums can be built using conventional wood frame with metal siding and metal roofing, all steel frame with metal siding and metal roofing and post frame (aka pole barn) with metal siding and metal roofing. Looking for the quickest and best method? The answer just might be steel.
Metal building kits are popular for a variety of reasons. What are the advantages of steel over wood construction?
ADVANTAGES OF STEEL OVER WOOD
· Strength * Durability * Sustainability – infinitely recyclable. * Accelerated timelines
· Streamlined, efficient, and cost-effective construction process.
· Steel coils don’t warp, split or crack like wood, ensuring consistent uniformity and accessibility.
· Better supply chain planning and control – minimizing delays & keeping projects on schedule.
· Steel is lightweight, has high strength-to-weight ratio — it can be stored & transported easier.
* Requires significantly less storage footprint compared to wood.
* Lighter weight also means cheaper and more efficient transportation.
· No special treatment needed for moisture, pests, or decay.
· Precise manufacturing techniques enable accurate & custom fabrication of components. This *reduces waste *optimizes material usage *enables faster installation onsite *Corners are perfectly square.
· Pre-punched for mechanicals.
· Stable, engineered properties and consistent attributes ensure a high standard of finish.
· Significantly faster and more efficient framing off-site.
* This translates into reduced construction costs.
· Lower labor costs for construction team.
* Requires fewer workers – and they can be less skilled.
* Assembly is straightforward with basic training requirements.
* Steel’s lighter weight reduces the need for heavy equipment at building site.
· Steel is exact & straight –
* contributes to strength and to aesthetics. * Also simplifies & speeds up finishing processes
· No mold or rot. Resistant to warping, shrinking, or expanding due to changes in moisture levels.
· Durable & resilient. Greater structural integrity & resistance to natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding & fires. Also mitigates the risk of termite infestation.
· Eco-friendly. Less than 1% waste during construction. Contributes to green building practices and certifications.
· Lightweight construction system minimizes loads on foundations – saves on substructure costs.
· Lightweight nature – excellent solution for sloping or difficult sites.
· Easier, more cost-effective code compliance
· Improved energy efficiency. Minimized air leakage and thermal bridging.
· Easier, cheaper maintenance for homeowner.
· Quicker – 65% of framing done at facility
· Cleaner and safer construction site.
Pole barn kits are gaining popularity but why do pole barn homes cost more to build than conventional framing? The only real savings when building a pole barn home is in the foundation. The wood package of a pole barn is more expensive since it is recommended that you use 3-4 ply laminated/finger jointed/screwed and glued posts when the sidewalls will be over 14′ high. The old way of building a pole barn (using 6×6 post) is not the best method these days. Also some building departments will not allow “post in the ground” methods. That means your post frame columns must be mounted to a metal bracket that is wet-set into the concrete slab. Similar to these Midwest Perma Brackets. Because of the extra cost of special columns and metal brackets and screws, in the end post frame buildings cost more for framing than a conventional framed barndominium. Keep in mind that if you have skilled post framers in your area that you may be able to save money on framing labor using this method but most of the time the labor figures (approx. $10-$12 per square foot under-roof framing and siding included) should be close.
Conventional wood framing is another popular building method these days due to the lower cost of wood materials. Another advantage to stick-built barndominiums is you won’t have an issue finding a framer that is familiar with this method of building.
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I really wish there was a quick and easy answer to this question but the truth is there are a lot of factors that go into pricing out a home. BuildMax can help you get started but a General Contractor will need to give you a turn key price. Barndominium kits start at $18.00* a sq ft to $29.00* depending on the design, wind/snow load and distance from the factory. Barndominium framing labor cost around $10.00 per sq ft.
*total under roof square footage