Metal Red Barns

If you’ve ever taken a weekend stroll through the countryside, you’ve probably seen them dotting the landscape. Rustic red barns, an iconic slice of American that has persisted in popular culture, are around every corner. In years past, these structures were often constructed using wooden planks and timber frames. In modern times, however, many red barns are built using steel due to their strength, quick construction, and affordability.

Thanks to modern engineering and precise components, red metal barns have become a popular choice for farmers and agricultural installations. Below, we’ll dive deeper into what makes these incredible buildings a facet of rural America.

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Why Are Barns Red?

Believe it or not, red being one of the most popular colors for barns is no simple coincidence! It’s also not just a simple matter of taste, either. As you might imagine, red barns had quite the utilitarian origin. In the past, farmers couldn’t easily make a trip to the local Sherwin Williams store for a bucket of paint. And since paint of any kind was either difficult to procure or prohibitively expensive to purchase, these clever folk took matters into their own hands.

The process was pretty simple: crush up iron oxide or rust gathered from any old piece of scrap metal into a powder, mix it with readily available cow’s milk, and coat your building in a type of ‘red wash.’ In addition to it giving the building a rustic color, the wash acted as a protective layer that prevented rot and pests. With this approach being such a cost-efficient option, it quickly became the go-to method of protecting barns from the elements.

Over the years, the color red maintained its popularity, eventually becoming the quintessential ‘barn’ color.

54'x35' Two Toned Metal Barn
  • Vertical Roof
  • Financing
SKU: BB#314

54'x35' Two Toned Metal Barn

  • Width54
  • Length35
  • Height12
64'x42' Commercial Barn
  • Vertical Roof
  • Financing
SKU: BB#38

64'x42' Commercial Barn

  • Width64
  • Length42
  • Height12
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42'x25' Regular Style Horse Barn
  • Regular Roof
  • RTO
  • Financing
SKU: BB#18

42'x25' Regular Style Horse Barn

  • Width42
  • Length26
  • Height12
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36'x20' Metal Horse Barn
  • Regular Roof
  • RTO
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SKU: BB#17

36'x20' Metal Horse Barn

  • Width36
  • Length21
  • Height12
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42'x20' Horse Barn
  • A Frame Roof
  • RTO
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SKU: BB#15

42'x20' Horse Barn

  • Width42
  • Length21
  • Height12
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50'x40' NC Barn
  • Vertical Roof
  • Financing
SKU: BB#10

50'x40' NC Barn

  • Width50
  • Length41
  • Height20
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Roof Styles for Red Barns

When you purchase a red metal barn, you’ll have several roofing types available. These roofing systems vary in terms of cost, looks, and protective capabilities and include:

Regular Roofs

A regular roof looks like your modern carport roofing system, with rounded corners and horizontally placed paneling. It’s a fantastic economical option for those that live in areas with mild climate conditions.

Boxed-Eave Roofs

Also known as A-frame horizontal roofs, boxed-eaves are a fantastic mid-tier choice that features overhanging awnings, a sharp roof peak, and horizontal panels. This option is excellent for regions that often see high winds but minimal rainfall totals.

A-Frame Vertical Roofs

The cream of the crop, A-frame vertical roofs combine the best aspects of a boxed-eave design with vertically placed paneling. These panels allow rain, snow, and general debris to easily fall away from your structure, keeping it cleaner with fewer maintenance needs.

Customize Your Very Own Red Barn!

One factor that sets red metal barns apart from the competition is their customizability. From top to bottom, you’ll have free reign to adapt and change a steel building to meet your needs. Below, we’ve listed just a few of these customization options!

Dimensions and Layout

You’ll be able to change and alter the size, footprint, and style of your building. We do everything from small metal equipment sheds to enormous commercial buildings!

Roof Styles

You’ll be able to choose between several different roofing options, including:

  • Regular Roofs

This roofing system features rounded edges, a round peak, and horizontally placed paneling. It’s a great economical choice for those living in regions with mild weather patterns.

  • Boxed-Eave/A-Frame Roofs

Boxed-eave roofs are more akin to those you’d find on a traditional home, with overhanging awnings, a sharp peak, and horizontal paneling. So if you’re looking for a well-built mid-level option that’s designed to handle high winds, this is it!

  • Vertical Roofs

Our premium roofing solution, vertical roofs, combines the best elements of the boxed-eave design with vertically arranged paneling. This clever engineering feat allows debris, such as snow and leaf fall, to fall harmlessly away from your structure.

Color Options

With a wide range of colors, you’ll be able to choose a shade that works for you! You’ll be able to change the colors of your roofing, walls, trim, and more! You can even mix and match for some incredibly stylish color combinations!

Doors and Windows

Your metal barn will need plenty of windows and doors! And you’ll be able to add as many as you need! We have standard entryway and garage doors, and we’ll perform frame-outs if you’re looking to install custom units.


The anchor system we use will depend entirely on your chosen foundation type. For soil foundations, screw-like mobile home anchors will secure your structure to the ground. Asphalt foundations will require spiked rods driven through the blacktop into the ground. And for concrete foundations, our install teams use specialized concrete bolts drilled directly into the concrete pad.


  • 14- and 12-Gauge Framing

Most residential buildings use 14-gauge framing as the industry standard. However, if you live in a region that experiences heavy wind and extreme snow events, you might want to upgrade to the thicker 12-gauge framing.

  • 29- and 26-Gauge Roofing

Much like our framing, the standard thickness for roofing panels is 29-gauge steel. But for additional protection from the elements, our 26-gauge paneling will do the trick.


Certification is a standardized system that details whether a building can hold up to the wind, snow, and seismic forces in a given area. In most regions, it’s also necessary if you expect to secure a permanent building permit for your structure.

The Many Benefits of Red Barns

We could go on and on about the many advantages red metal barns offer, but it would take too long. So, we’ll just narrow it down to a few of our favorites.

Durability and Strength

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a building material as strong and long-lasting as steel. So, if you’ve been looking for a structure that can stand the test of time, you want a metal building.


With lumber prices on the rise, it’s far more economical to build your building from steel components rather than wood. Combined with the quick construction, energy efficiency, and minimal maintenance needs, you’ll save money before, during, and long after your structure is built!

Classic and Contemporary Styles

Just because your metal barn is made of steel doesn’t mean it’s a lifeless metal box! If you’re a fan of the classic barn look, you’ll be able to choose more traditional aesthetics. However, if you prefer a more modern approach, you’ll have unfettered access to design a sleek, modern agriculture building.

Weather Protection

Metal buildings are constructed from galvanized steel. This process makes them naturally resistant to moisture infiltration, mold, mildew, rust, and even fires up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit! As a result of these resistances, metal barns will last for years beyond any wooden alternatives.

Ease of Maintenance

Since metal buildings won’t rot or easily break down, you’ll rarely have to perform repairs or maintenance on your structure. This will save you tons of money throughout the years in terms of repair costs alone.


Did you know that steel has a far smaller carbon footprint than wood? It’s also 100% recyclable! When your red metal barn has reached the end of its natural lifespan, it can be melted down and reused with no detriment to quality or strength.

One Barn: Many Uses

Metal barns are renowned for their capability to work in a wide array of applications. In fact, we’ve put together just a few of our favorite ways to use the versatile buildings.

Agricultural Purposes

It’s no surprise that these buildings are such a great tool for farmers and agricultural installations. These buildings work anywhere from grain storage to loafing barns and everything in between.

Commercial Purposes

Not only are these buildings useful in residential settings, but they also make excellent commercial structures. From restaurants to storefronts, these buildings can be customized to work well in any industry.

Residential Purposes

It’ll be hard to beat metal barns when it comes to residential use. These buildings work well for storing vehicles, RVs, boats, and more!

Industrial Purposes

Metal buildings are instrumental in industrial applications. Some structures, like our clear-span buildings, offer an unprecedented amount of internal square footage with no need for internal support. It makes them the perfect choice for large-scale warehouses, factories, and manufacturing facilities.

Calculating the Size for Your Red Barn

Purchasing any metal building is an extensive process! And you’ll want to ensure that you’ve done the necessary research before buying! A big part of this will be to decide what size structure you need. For example, will you be housing large vehicles? Or will you simply need a dry place to keep your mowing equipment? By having a firm grasp on your needs, you’ll be able to accurately decide how large your new red barn will need to be.

Red Barn Kits

Are you a contractor or farmer with DIY skills? Do you have a background in construction? If so, you may be interested in our premium red barn kits! These kits come with everything you’d find in our traditional red metal barns, except you perform the installation yourself.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of scheduling an installation day or simply want to take on a weekend project yourself, our red barn kits might be for you!

Red Barn Prices

Boss Buildings is honored to provide a wide range of metal buildings to suit any need, taste, or application. However, these barns are complex structures, and their cost can vary based on many circumstances, including:

The Cost of Raw Steel

Steel tends to fluctuate based on demand, shipping costs, and logistical concerns. This can affect the final price of your building.


When you customize a building, you’ll have a wide range of customization and reinforcement options. However, these additions can require extra components or manpower to complete, resulting in additional costs for your structure.

Manufacturer’s Pricing

With a vast network of manufacturers, we’re happy to provide premium structures to a wide range of customers. However, some of these manufacturers’ prices may vary, changing the final cost of your building.

Installation Costs

If you live in a region that is difficult for our installation teams to reach, you may be charged additional fees for the added components and manpower.

Buy Your Metal Red Barn Today with The BOSS!

No matter where you hang your hat, you can count on Boss Buildings to provide you with an extensive range of steel buildings! We can do everything from small equipment sheds to fully livable red barn homes! Our structures are engineered for strength and durability to last for generations. So, if you’ve been looking for a permanent solution for protecting your animals, vehicles, or precious possessions, you’ve come to the right place!

So, give us a call today at (336) 673-3065 and let our team of steel red barn experts help you design and customize a structure that works for you!