Once you have determined your purpose for the barn, it's time to decide on a specific type.
- A pole barn is a type of barn that will get the job done, but yet is inexpensive to build. It is the most economical way to build a larger building, but also provides you with great storage as a garage or horse barn. It is important with this type of barn that it is built properly. Improperly built pole barns have been known to collapse in high winds.
- With the post and beam barn, every rafter is built using a different size of thick, heavy wood beams. This type of barn is more expensive than the pole barn, but creates a unique solid look. It is also steadier and will last even in miserable conditions. Post and beam barns are most popularly used for storing hay and feed for livestock, small or little quantity livestock, and sometimes cars.
- A modular barn is very affordable and is quick to build. They often come all or partially built, and can be put to use almost immediately. These barns are often used as center isle horse barns or different types of storage barns. They also come in many sizes, so you can choose which one you think will best fit your needs.
- Steel buildings are somewhat like pole barns, but are more affordable and usually larger. Their made out of almost complete steel, and usually have a very wide, open inside. Their main purposes are for indoor riding arenas, commercial buildings, and for agricultural purposes.
- Then there is the small yard barn, or shed, with its own purpose. Styles can be as individual as the owner.
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For whatever your purpose may be, a barn will serve its place if it's built properly. For this reason it is important to hire a professional who knows what he or she is doing. By using TrustedPros, you are ensuring a qualified professional will show up to your property. You can either post an ad describing the type of barn you want, how much you're looking to spend, when you need it done by, and let the contractors come to you. Or you can look through the contractor list and information and select a few you feel most comfortable with. Either way, it is a quick and easy way of finding someone to get the job done right, but there are still a couple things you need to remember when hiring.
- Contractors are now recently required to have Workers Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage. This is just as much for your protection as it is for them. This coverage will protect workers who are injured on your property. Unfortunately, without proof of coverage you could be liable for any medical expenses, simply because you are the employer. Be sure to protect yourself from this, and ask the contractor to show you proof of coverage. It is now a mandatory law and must be taken seriously.
- Liability coverage is another "must have" for all contractors. This protects you against accidental damage to your property. Should a contractor damage something (accidents happen!) such as that expensive TV, liability coverage will replace it. Save yourself the worry and ask your contractor if you can see proof that he or she is covered.