Barndominium is a type of home that people don’t always think of as being “built to last.” Compared to traditional home construction, barndominiums utilize a more lightweight, economical construction that foregoes expensive materials such as brick and stone. So how long does a barndominium typically last? The lifespan of a barndominium varies by the type and quality of materials used in the construction, local building codes, guidelines, and geographical location. For example, some factors may lead to deterioration sooner in places like Alaska than in Florida, where there are fewer extremes in weather.
Let’s start by taking a look at the types of materials used in barndominium construction. Then we’ll look at the most common problems with barndominium homes and their typical lifespans.
Wood is the most commonly used material for a barndominium because of its easy-to-maintain and long-lasting characteristics. However, wood can form internal stresses that are difficult to maintain over time. Wood may also expand and contract, depending on the humidity of the air during different times of the year. This can cause wood to warp, sag or crack more quickly than other construction materials, such as metal or concrete. The specific types of wood available today may vary in quality and strength compared to older types.
Metal is an excellent alternative to wood for building a barndominium because of its strength, low thermal expansion, and ability to withstand low humidity. However, metal is prone to rust over time. Rusting in barndominium structures can result in leaks, porches starting from the sides instead of the front, and other structural problems later on. But today, galvanized metal is used to minimize rusting in the future. Galvanized metal has a zinc coating over it, which helps prevent rusting.
Concrete is a good choice for barndominium construction because it’s durable, strong, and moisture-resistant. However, concrete can break over time if proper reinforcing steel isn’t used to support the concrete and prevent cracks. Reinforcing steel is typically used for concrete construction in hurricane activity, high winds, and other extreme weather areas.
Glass is an excellent material to use in the construction of a barndominium because it doesn’t decay and is relatively maintenance-free. But Glass isn’t ideal for the home’s exterior. Glass can be easily broken by force, such as a window breaking out if someone kicks it or hits it hard enough with something heavy, or it can shatter if poorly designed or installed.
4. Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are used for barndominium roofs because of their long lifespan, ease of installation, and low cost, but they have some disadvantages. They are one of the most common types of roofing material used on condominiums and are also the most visible from the outside. They come in wide varieties and can be made from asphalt, fiberglass, rubber, or other materials. While they don’t last as long as metal roofs or ceramic tiles, they cost less.
5. Concrete Shingles
The durability of concrete shingles is just a few notches below asphalt shingles and has many of the same advantages. They are widely used on new barndominium roofing projects. The installation can be done by hand or machine, typically lasting between 15 and 20 years. However, they tend to be more expensive than asphalt shingles.
Many different types of barndominium construction materials can affect how long a barndominium will last before needing repairs or being torn down. Often, barndominiums need repairs and remodeling to extend their life span. Ultimately, a homeowner’s satisfaction with their new home depends on the initial home plan, design, and construction quality.