Great Western Buildings

Agricultural Metal Buildings

Steel Barn Building Kits

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Ranchers, farmers, dairy producers and cooperatives – We have your steel building solution.

Great Western’s agricultural metal buildings

are designed to be as strong and dependable as the folks who own them. Our affordable and versatile American-made buildings are reliable, robust, and backed by our lifetime structural warranty. Going with a modern steel structure for your agricultural building ensures worry-free longevity with little to no maintenance required. In addition, our designers ensure that your building meets your local code and climate requirements like snow load and wind resistance so you can rest easy.

Our metal buildings use clear-span framing, which creates a vast interior with no columns compromising available space. If you’re looking for hay storage, vehicle storage, livestock shelter, or a barn, Great Western has an affordable and easy-to-erect option for you. These metal building kits are designed with the DIY-er in mind. So, whether you’re planning to erect the structure yourself or hire some help, a Great Western Building will make the process smooth and simple. Each building comes with the most complete and detailed construction manual in the industry. If you do happen to run into a snag, we have a 24/7 construction support hotline to ensure your project comes together without issue.

30 x 40 x 10

Albuquerque, NM

60 x 110 x 16

Kanorado, KS

50 x 80 x 16

Goodhue, MN

30 x 60 x 20

Lake Havasu, AZ

45 x 36 x 18

Littleton, CO

40 x 60 x 14

Tucson, AZ

Ready to get started? Jump into our 3D building designer to design your perfect building and receive a free quote. If you don’t see what you want, don’t worry. Just give us a call and we’ll work with you to design YOUR perfect building. If you need some inspiration, check out our gallery of agricultural projects to see our past work and gather some inspiration.

30 x 50 Western

30 x 50 Gambrel

30 x 50 Gable

Why Use a Metal Building for Your Agricultural Project?

Aside from the benefit of an open interior courtesy of a clear-span frame, a metal barn or building has a handful of other advantages over a wooden structure. In general, depending on span, a metal structure is usually a bit less expensive than its wood counterpart. Moreover, a metal building is also typically cheaper to insure and much faster to erect. The robust nature of a metal structure requires little to no maintenance. In contrast, given enough time, weather and humidity can have detrimental effects on a wooden structure.

With longevity in mind and our drive to design buildings that last a lifetime, each Great Western Building comes with an owner’s manual outlining basic maintenance procedures to ensure that it stands against the tests of time.

Why Choose Great Western Buildings?

At Great Western, each building project we complete is built on the back of our core values in designing high-quality American-made buildings that we can stand behind for life. Moreover, we strive to ensure that our customers get the exact building that they want. Our team works with you to create a building that meets the needs of your specific use case, location, and budget. Designed with the DIY-er and first-time builder in mind, Great Western Buildings are affordable and simple to erect. If you run into an issue or have a question, we have a 24/7 construction support hotline to take care of you.

Every Great Western Building comes with a lifetime structural warranty. You can take solace in knowing that our designers leave no stone unturned when it comes to your local codes and climate requirements no matter what size building you’re in the market for. Our team’s expansive knowledge of our structures and experience in designing buildings for all regions and climates funnel into your building to make it exactly that; YOUR building.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of a metal building over a pole barn?

With a wood structure, rotting, expanding, and contracting are all major drawbacks. These attributes of wood ultimately lead to required maintenance throughout the life of the building. Changes in weather and humidity can lead to screws loosening over time. The robust nature and overall longevity of a steel structure do not have the same maintenance and upkeep requirements as a wood structure. 

In addition, depending on span, wood structures may require the use of interior columns for support that eat into usable space. The wide-open space within a clear-span steel structure allows for more storage and mobility of machines and heavy equipment.

Is a metal structure cheaper than a pole barn?

In general, the material cost of a metal building is more economical than a wooden one. There is some crossover depending on the size of the building and required materials based on climate needs. However, in the long run, the cost of maintenance and upkeep for a steel structure is less expensive than a wood pole barn. In addition, metal buildings are typically much cheaper to insure than wood structures.

Is a full concrete floor required for my building?

A full concrete floor is not required for a Great Western Building agricultural metal building. Dirt, gravel, or Asphalt floors are all applicable and commonplace for structures like livestock shelters, hay storage buildings, and more. A proper foundation for anchoring the building’s columns is, however, required. Our team of experts is here to help you understand how much concrete is required for your individual project and can even help in getting an estimated cost for your specific concrete application with local vendors.

What kind of ventilation is available for my metal building?

Great Western Building Systems offers a handful of different ventilation systems for your structure. Among those offerings are cupolas, circular vents, and ridge vents. In addition, options like operable or static louvers and fans allow you to completely optimize your ideal ventilation system.

Slider Doors vs. Garage Doors

We strongly recommend using overhead sectional (garage) doors in your structure. They’re easy to install, affordable, and easy to maintain. In addition, they’re available with high-lift tracks, vertical tracks, or angled tracks to follow your building’s roof line. Sliding doors can run into issues with tracking, especially when dirt and debris build up in the door’s track. In addition, overhead sectional doors are available in a myriad of styles (glass panels, for example) to suit your specific styling desires. Our doors ship vendor direct for a smooth addition to your metal building project.

What is the difference between flush and bypass wall girts?

Bypass wall girts run on the outside flange of the primary building columns. A flush system has the outside flange of the girt in line with the outside flange. Because a flush girt terminates at the web of the building column they do not gain the strength of the overlap that is part of the bypass system. This is why a flush girt system is typically heavier and slightly more expensive than the stronger and more efficient bypass system. Roof purlins may also be run in a bypass or flush configuration.

Design Your Custom Building

Great Western’s custom design tool allows you to design, customize, and price the best metal building for your needs. You can also share and print your designs or save them and modify them later.