Top Reasons to Choose Metal for Agricultural Buildings
Metal is an ideal material for agricultural buildings. It has many benefits for livestock spaces, including flexibility in design amazing aesthetics.
Reasons to Choose Metal for Agricultural Buildings
Durability: ASC Building Products’ metal panels are designed to withstand intense weather conditions, and, unlike wood, metal panels are resistant to damage from termites and other insects. Metal is also noncombustible, making it a far more fire-safe choice.
Longevity: Metal panels last much longer than wood panels, if cared for they can last over 50 years. Metal also doesn’t get brittle from the sun like fiberglass panels do.
Cost Savings: Metal is much more cost-effective in the long run as you won’t need to replace it as often as other mediums. Metal panels are also low maintenance so you will spend less time keeping them over the years.
Sustainability: Steel is a recyclable material at the end of your building’s life, lowering your carbon footprint. ASC Building Products metal roofing and siding are available in a wide range of cool color options which meet the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) certification requirements and are ENERGY STAR® listed, contributing to building energy standards and green energy programs.
Fire Resistance: Since steel is a non-combustible material, having metal walls and roofing can lower your risk of ignition. Roof assemblies are Class A Fire Rated when installed on non-combustible deck or framing per IBC, IRC, or when installed in accordance with UL listings (UL790). Click HERE to learn about our fire rating.
Design Flexibility: There are a variety of options to choose from when it comes to metal panels. ASC Building Products offers a broad selection of panel styles, colors and finishes to help you achieve the look you want for your agricultural building.
Things to Consider with Metal Panels for Livestock Shelters
Structures for animal confinement have some specific challenges that aren’t considerations for residential or commercial use. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Animal waste is high in ammonia, which can corrode metal in as little as five years. Roofs are affected by airborne fumes and manure and dirt lying against panels can effect the walls. You can minimize these issues with good ventilation, regular maintenance, by keeping the panels clean and by repairing any damage immediately.
Design: The design of your agricultural building should help you maximize your investment longevity. If animals will be kept in the structure, dropped ceilings with advanced ventilation systems can increase efficiency and satisfy environmental run-off inspections. They can also be designed to help you eliminate ammonia fumes and corrosion, typical problems of buildings with bad air flow.
Warranty: It’s important to check the warranty exclusions when selecting any kind of panel for your projects.
Depend on superior color retention and corrosion resistance with Dura Tech xl. Our tested and proven technology promises a lifetime of durability. Learn more about the warranty for each product at the links below.
Panel Coatings: If you love the look you get from rusted metal, our IronOx Corrugated Metal Siding is ideal for creative builders looking to design with the aesthetic beauty of rusted corrugated steel. The unpainted and untreated steel allows the surface to rust and form a natural iron oxide finish. Our agricultural panels come in either a Dura Tech™ xl (SMP) or Dura Tech™ nt (SMP) paint system, both of which are backed by 25 Limited Warranties.
For more information on ASC Building Products for agricultural use, click HERE. You can also use our Distributor Search to find where you can buy these products!
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