Materials used in a heritage barn construction
The materials used in heritage barns have transformed over the years. Stone and thatch constructions eventually gave way to timber, before corrugated steel barns became more and more popular. Finally, we’ve come to fabric.
At SmartShelters we are redefining the modern heritage barn. Our super-strength membrane structure fabric offers a look that is at once modern and classic, and entirely unique. If you’re looking for a heritage barn that stands out, a SmartShelters construction does exactly that.
How to decide on a heritage barn frame
The frame of your heritage barn is perhaps its most important feature, bringing strength, longevity and security to the structure. While timber has historically been used in heritage barns, these days there’s a better way.
SmartShelters’ structural-grade supergal galvanised steel framing ensures your heritage barn will stand the test of time. It allows all SmartShelters structures to achieve high wind and snow ratings, all while making them fast and simple to construct.
Heritage barn examples
‘Heritage barn’ is an overarching term that covers a number of distinct styles. Examples of heritage barns include:
- Bank barns: A rectangular barn with two distinct levels. Animals are commonly housed at the bottom, while the upper areas are used for storage.
- Tobacco barns: These are heavily ventilated barns designed to dry tobacco crops after harvest.
- English barns: American barns were inspired by their European equivalent, which were small and rectangular with a simple A-frame roof.
- Dutch barns: With large, gabled roofs, clapboarding, stock doors in the corners and wagon doors in the centre, Dutch barns are amongst the most spectacular heritage barns.
- Prairie barns: Large and typically made of wood, with curved roofs that angle all the way to the ground, prairie barns are designed to maximise storage, particularly of feed.
- Round barns: A rare type of barn, these were originally built by the Shakers, an American religious sect. The circular shape maximises the volume-to-surface ratio, making for efficient material use.
Heritage barn cost
The classic heritage barn, made with stone, timber and elbow grease, can be price-prohibitive today. New materials and construction methods have led to more efficient and effective heritage barn solutions, while also retaining their distinctive look and feel.
Combining a strong steel frame with ripstop cover, SmartShelters can construct a heritage barn of the future for your property.
Contact a member of our experienced team today to discuss a truly smart shelter solution.