Fact: Your Monoslope Can Last 40 Years or More
A common misperception among beef producers these days is that monoslope barns, for all their design benefits, have a drawback when it comes to longevity. Many even anticipate having to re-roof their monoslopes every five years or so.
In tandem with that misperception is the belief that to get as many years as possible out of your monoslope, the best option is a steel structure.
Ironically, however, the opposite is true. For overall performance longevity, long-term value and maximum return on investment, wood outguns steel for several reasons.
FACT: Wood Provides a Wider, Less-Obstructed Pen Design
Summit Livestock Facilities’ decades of experience and ongoing design development in post-frame construction engineering for the ag markets yields a wood monoslope structure that provides important design advantages over steel.
Typical “double wide” steel monoslope beef barns span 25 to 30 feet east to west without a center column support. Depending upon your snow load requirement, a Summit Livestock Facilities building can span up to 50 feet or more east to west between center column supports. This means that we can design 160- to 200-head pens that cover up to 9000 square feet or more with only one center column support. The wide-open design of the Summit building means you’re less likely to damage the building or your equipment as a result of hitting column supports during the pen scraping and bedding processes and will enjoy greater flexibility for future pen configurations.
The foundation, column design, girt and purlin spacing, the truss engineering, the truss-to-column connections … everything comes together to produce a wood structure that meets your load capacity requirements just the same as, if not better than, any steel option.
FACT: Wood Lasts Longer than Steel
The number one culprit in the degradation of steel monoslopes is rust and corrosion due to weather conditions exacerbated by manure fumes.
A common, and very expensive, attempt to remedy this vulnerability is to apply spray-foam insulation onto all steel girts, purlins and roofing.
Wood structures, on the other hand, solve this problem without any additional costly measures.
Apart from the obvious rust-resistant advantages of wood, Summit monoslopes in particular are designed to eliminate most “steel-on-steel” connections. Further, roof screws are embedded in the wood, preventing exposure that can rust the fasteners.
All told, Summit monoslopes long outlive the average steel life cycle.
FACT: A Wood Monoslope Goes Up Faster
This is especially true of a Summit Livestock Facilities monoslope. In many cases, there is a perception that wood structures are built by small contractors with just a handful of workers.
But Summit Livestock Facilities is a fully integrated construction business with its own lumber yard, along with engineering, manufacturing, distribution and construction capabilities.
That means you not only get your monoslope built on time, but you have the quality-control and rapid-response benefits inherent in a factory-direct relationship with your builder.
The Great Framing Debate is Over
Wood framing is clearly superior to steel. But framing is just one aspect of a Summit monoslope, which, when taken as a whole, is a superior beef barn for many reasons.