Whether you have an old barn you’re resurrecting, or you have a working barn that needs some repair, it’s important to pay attention to what you use to side the building. Barns are often one of the last areas of a property that get attention for their exteriors, especially when it’s often the interior that has the most needs.
But a well-functioning exterior is crucial to the success of any building. Your barn protects it’s interiors, whether that’s vehicles, animals, hay, or antiques. And it can’t do that job effectively if the current siding is letting in moisture, rain, snow, and wind.
And if your barn is visible from the road or front of your property, you’ll need to also keep in mind that it’s influencing your property’s curb appeal, which drives a lot of its value. For this reason, the appearance of your barn is nearly as important as its function, and a barn that’s faded or worn is going to lower its value, even if it’s still warm and dry inside.
So when the time comes to replace the siding on your barn, you want to ensure that you invest in a material that’s going to be durable, long lasting, low-maintenance, and attractive. Steel siding from TruLog can give you all this in an attractive board-and-batten style that will complement any barn.
Why Choose Steel Siding?
There are a number of materials on the market for siding today, many of which may appear to be a good choice for re-siding a barn. Traditionally, barns were sided in wood, with many old barns clad in old growth hardwoods.
Old growth hardwood could last decades and hold up well to a number of conditions, which is what led people to use it in the first place. But, that type of wood is now in short supply. So, people attempting to reside a barn in wood are now finding that rather than lasting for years and only needing the occasional new coat of paint, their barns are weathering at rates that are leaving warped boards and gaps, as well as issues with insect activity, moisture, rot, and cracks.
Other materials currently on the market either don’t come in the traditional barn siding styles, like board and batten, or are much higher in maintenance than a barn owner needs or wants in their cladding.
Steel barn siding offers the same classic appearance in a board-and-batten style, but with significant improvements over wood or other siding materials. Metal barn siding isn’t affected by moisture, so it won’t swell, shrink, or warp over time leaving gaps in your walls.
The color and surface material doesn’t peel, chip, fade, or crack over time either, so you don’t need to worry about scraping, sanding, and painting your barn every few years.
Steel siding from TruLog is also easy to install. Rather than putting up individual planks, and then installing a batten at the seams, TruLog board-and-batten siding is formed in single pieces that overlap and nail down. This means a tighter, easier installation that can save you time and money.
The material comes in 8 designer colors, so whether you want a natural looking wood stain or you want to get a more weathered appearance for your barn, it’s easy to get the look that you want.
Steel barn siding has a lot of additional benefits and advantages over other materials as well. Steel siding has a Class A fire rating, which means that it’s considered to be non-combustible. If you have animals or valuables in your barn, having a Class A fire rating on your siding can be big layer of protection against fires, particularly if you live in an area that is prone to wildfires.
Metal barn siding completely resists insect activity as well as moisture and fire. It’s so durable and low-maintenance that you only need to wash it off with a garden hose, and you won’t need to worry about the efficiency due to air gaps.
Metal siding is also recyclable, so it can be a more environmentally friendly choice than some other materials as well. It doesn’t require new cut trees and it doesn’t emit gas like vinyl does, so eco-conscious barn owners that want to make a more green building design can feel good about their choice with steel barn siding.
Make the Better Choice for Your Barn
No matter what age or style of barn you have, clad it in the superior material that will last. Steel barn siding can give you advantages that wood and other materials can’t, lasting for years with little to no maintenance or care. Give your barn the exterior that it needs to look and function at its best for years to come, and choose steel board-and-batten siding from TruLog to get the style and low maintenance durability your barn needs.