Learn if Wood is Better For Your Barn

Learn if wood is better for your barn with Sunset Wood Barns. When you are designing your dream barn, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the most important is the material that you will use to construct it. In general, most people opt for either wood or steel. Both wood and steel have pros and cons that should be considered when making this choice. Read on for more details about each material so you can make an informed decision about which is best for your barn. 


Wood Vs. Steel: Strength and Durability

The strength and durability of the material is one of the most important considerations when choosing the best material for your barn. The debate about the strength of wood versus steel for building homes has been around for decades. The truth is that both wood and steel are strong building materials. However, wood is not as strong as steel in many applications. 

Wood is a strong building material that can last for generations when properly maintained. However, wood is also susceptible to damage from insects and moisture. Wood structures are also more likely to succumb to fire damage than steel structures. Therefore, if the structure is located in an area where there is a high risk of fire or insect damage, steel would be the better choice. A barn built with structural steel will be better able to withstand the elements than one built of wood. It will also be less likely to suffer a catastrophic failure due to a fire, earthquake, or insect damage.

Wood Vs. Steel: Cost 

When you are building a structure, it is important to consider what materials you are going to use, and the relative costs of these materials. This will help you to better understand how much you will spend on the project. There are a variety of different factors that can influence the relative costs of wood and steel, including the current market prices, as well as the tariffs that may be imposed on the different materials. But generally, wood, specifically timber is more affordable than steel. The main reason that wood costs much less is that it is far more readily available than steel. Steel requires more energy to process than wood and cannot be renewed or recycled efficiently. 

Wood Vs. Steel: Aesthetics 

Cedar, redwood, and other wood products have been the go-to materials for barns for as long as anyone can remember.  The natural beauty of wood makes it a popular choice for barns just as it is for homes. The material can be painted or stained to achieve a variety of looks to complement the aesthetic of your home or surroundings.  However, what homeowners may not realize is that with different kinds of veneers and facades available, a home could be made with steel but designed to look as though it was made from wood or brick, for example, and no one would be able to tell. 

Wood Vs. Steel: Insulation 

The issue of insulation is one that comes up a lot when talking about barns. Steel is a notoriously bad insulator and can be very difficult to heat and cool.

On the other hand, wood is a great insulator – it’s got a very low thermal conductivity, meaning it doesn’t transfer heat very easily. So a wooden barn will likely to stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer than a steel house.

So which type of barn is right for you? 

Wood and metal barns are both viable options for building a barn on your property. Ultimately, the right material will still depend on your budget, your timeline and the look you want. However, if you can’t make up your mind for whatever reason, we suggest taking advantage of a custom-designed wood barn of Sand Creek Post & Beam.

As the leading manufacturer of custom-designed wood barns, Sand Creek Post & Beam offers the finest quality timber frame barns. We specialize in naturally “green” custom-designed wood barn kits using only the best timbers available that can last from generations to come.

Contact us to learn about our low-maintenance material options and see what a Sand Creek barn could do for your space.