Barn Construction Key Terms
Familiarize yourself with some common barn construction termsWhen building a barn, either by yourself or through a contractor, it's essential to know some common terms. You want to get more bang for your buck without anyone taking advantage of your business. If you go with a custom design, then you should familiarize yourself with elements of a barn that might be appealing, such as exposed beams or a large tack room. Plus, you should know the difference between a pole barn and one that comes preconstructed.
Steel barnsSteel barns are another common type of barn construction. Typically built more quickly, these barns can be an environmentally-friendly option because many of the pieces of material come from recycled metal scraps.
Pre-engineered barn kitsIf you want to have all items for your barn in one complete package, then you might want to look into pre-engineered barn kits. Oftentimes these kits come pre-assembled, with blueprints and many of the items needed to build the barn. If you want a basic building, then this might be a viable option.
BeamsBeams are structural elements of a barn used to withhold immense pressure. They are placed near the roofline and hold the entire structure together. They are also categorized by their shape, length and material. Two of the more common types of beams are support beams and I-beams, which are so named because they have an I or H shape when viewed end-to-end.
JoineryWhen constructing a barn, there are numerous ways to connect, or join, all the pieces. Post joinery is the most common and basic joint used in timber framing. But kneebrace joinery can provide extra support. These are just two of the types of joinery used; there are eight others that you should become familiar with to find the best fit for your barn.
Tack roomsA tack room is a place where horse-related gear and equipment can be stored. Adding tack rooms to your barn is a must-have if you plan on using your barn for horses. Determine the size you need before you begin construction; some people require more size than others.
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