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Steel Barndominium Kits vs. Traditional Construction: Which Is Right for You?

Steel Barndominium Kits vs. Traditional Construction: Which Is Right for You?

Are you familiar with barndominiums? This concept merges barn and home to transform barns into versatile spaces for both living and working, providing significant flexibility in interior design. But with Armstrong Steel’s steel barndominium kits, you don’t need an existing barn to build a cozy and versatile home.

Imagine turning one of our pre-engineered steel barndominium kits into your dream house. Known for their modern aesthetics and cost-effectiveness, these steel barndominiums are becoming increasingly popular. At Armstrong Steel, we prioritize efficiency and safety in building your home, ensuring it aligns with your vision through close collaboration.

Our dedicated in-house team of building consultants at Armstrong Steel is ready to listen to your specific needs and preferences. Following this, our design specialists will tailor the perfect steel barndominium kit to fulfill your requirements. Our mission is to make your dream home a reality using our custom-designed steel barndominium kits, blending innovation with personalization.

As America’s top manufacturer of metal buildings, we have years of expertise and experience in designing flexible, unrestricted interior spaces that allow you to maximize any floor plan. We offer clear-span designs for our steel barndominiums to make the most of your home’s interior height for any purpose. Rest assured, our engineering team and design consultants will do their best to save you significant money and time when finishing your home.

Should you build with steel?

At this point, you may be wondering if steel barndominium kits are really worth considering. While some people may have reservations about living in a metal home, the benefits of steel building kits can’t be ignored. Not only do they offer superior durability and resistance to harsh weather conditions, but they also provide an opportunity for customization and flexibility in design. Steel buildings even appreciate in value over time, making them a smart investment for long-term use.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the advantages of steel barndominiums and how they stack up against traditional construction methods.


Steel is a highly versatile building material that enables us to create homes with unique floor plans without sacrificing functionality or structural integrity. With steel barndominium kits, you can enjoy open interiors with few or no interior columns, as well as the ability to customize your home’s size, shape, and layout to suit your lifestyle and preferences. Unlike traditional wood-framed homes, which can be limited in their clear-span layout capabilities, steel buildings offer unparalleled flexibility in terms of design and construction. By choosing a steel barndominium, you can enjoy a tailored living space that meets your needs exactly.

Construction times

Traditional construction could take at least a few months to finish. With Armstrong Steel, you don’t have to spend a lot of time building your metal barndominium. Assuming you don’t need significant customizations, your home will be very easy and quick to erect in just a few days.

When we customize steel barndominium kits, we provide everything you need to assemble your home by yourself or with professional helping hands. Every kit is supplied with a step-by-step erection guide, anchor bolt patterns, and comprehensive assembly drawings. We make sure all bolt-together major connections are already pre-punched with holes so you can skip drilling. Plus, our team has pre-cut and numbered most components. Simply refer to your drawings to know where each piece goes.

Labor costs

Traditional construction can be expensive when you think about the labor involved in building the home. Armstrong Steel buildings consist of pre-engineered parts that seamlessly fit together to reduce labor costs. Plus, we help streamline the erection process with numbered components, pre-punched connections, and thorough assembly drawings. All these allow you to save money and provide the possibility to assemble your barndominium as a weekend DIY project with friends and family.

Future expansions

Sometime later, you might want a bigger home to accommodate a growing family or add more rooms to keep up with your changing lifestyle. Steel barndominiums can easily handle those expansions because they offer uninterrupted interior space.

Armstrong Steel building systems simplify future expansions with our vast options for length and width extensions. Moreover, expanding our steel barndominium kits is quick and easy and won’t take a lot of your time.


Building with wood and other traditional materials can be risky and expensive down the line. Conventional homes require plenty of upkeep and regular inspections to address any problems immediately. Plus, inclement weather and natural phenomena like earthquakes will always be a threat to their structural integrity. You don’t have to worry about that when you build your home with one of our pre-engineered steel barndominium kits.

When we make your steel building kit, we specifically engineer each part to meet your local codes and load requirements to ensure they are strong enough to withstand earthquakes, snow, rain, and high winds. Your home’s roof panels will be coated with Galvalume, an aluminum compound that prolongs its lifespan and protects against rust. Additionally, steel-frame structures are non-combustible and won’t burn down easily in case of a fire.

Energy efficiency

Are you worried about a steel home being too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter? You might be surprised to learn that steel barndominium kits are easier to insulate than wood-frame buildings. Besides ensuring comfortable indoor temperatures, proper insulation boosts your home’s energy efficiency while contributing to heating and cooling savings.

Choose Armstrong Steel barndominium kits.

Learn more about our steel barndominium by pricing your building today. Request a quote here or call our building experts at 1-800-345-4610.