Metal Barn Building Styles


If you are considering a metal barn, there are three primary designs to consider. All may be customized with or without walls, garage doors, windows, frameouts, and walk-in doors. Use our online buildID™ system or check out the different options available from Elephant Structures before customizing your metal structure:

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County Barn

The County Barn uses the regular roof style and is highly desired for horse barns, horse stables, and tack barns. However, the County Barn is not limited to these uses. Lots of customers use the County Barn to store vintage cars or even large farm equipment. Click here to customize a County Barn for your needs.

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Ridgeline Barn

The Ridgeline barn comes standard with an A-Frame (boxed-eave) roof, but may be upgraded to a Vertical roof which is recommended on roof lengths over 36’. The Ridgeline Barn is ideal for any use. Consider the Ridgeline Barn for your next garage, woodworking shop, motorcycle storage, vintage car storage, farm equipment storage, machine shop, motorhome storage, RV cover, boat cover, racecar shop, and so much more. Click here to customize a Ridgeline Barn for your needs.

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Valley Barn

The Valley Barn, also commonly referred to as a Seneca Barn, uses the vertical roof style and is typically used for larger buildings. If you are looking for an affordable building for your manufacturing business, the Valley Barn is a great option with a low cost per square foot. Click here to customize a Valley Barn for your needs.

We Have A Barn For You!

Whether you are looking to purchase a metal barn for your farm, your estate, your vacation home, your lake house, or your primary residence, Elephant Structures has a number of options available for your consideration. Of course, if you only need a carport or a metal garage, Elephant Structures has a number of options with various price points. In all cases, Elephant prides itself on customer service, upfront pricing, and affordability. Give the experts a call at (888) 743-8083. Elephant sells product in all 48 states. Learn more about the metal building locations we work in across the country.

Metal Barns may be used for animal shelters, park pavillons, hay storage, carriage houses, firewood storage, motorcycle garages, livestock barns, horse barns, RV storage, boat storage, farm shed, farm house, agriculture building, storage units, and so much more. The options are endless.

Picking the Right Size Metal Barn


Our buildings come in thousands of sizes and combinations. What size you choose will ultimately depend on your individual needs. Think carefully about what your future needs may be before you order to ensure that your barn, carport or metal garage will always work for you. If you are primarily storing vehicles in your structure, please feel free to visit our Carport-Sizer chart to get the specific dimensions of your car, truck, SUV, pickup, or van.


The structure height you choose is actually the side height or leg height of the building. The center peak of the roof will be higher than the leg height. There is a minimum 6′ leg height on the side portions of the barn. All Boxed-eave and Vertical roof styles start at 6 feet tall. The maximum side height for a structure that is not certified is 14 feet. Maximum side height of a certified structure is 14 feet. Most customers choose a structure with a minimum 7 foot sides or higher to accommodate head clearance. It is important to note that if you are planning to enclose your barn at a later date, you will need to order a side height tall enough to accommodate the size garage door or walk-in door you want.


Non-Certified Structures

These structures can be manufactured with either 14 gauge or 12 gauge galvanized square steel tubing. A 12 gauge frame is approximately 30% thicker metal than 14 gauge and measures 2.25” x 2.25” versus 2.50” x 2.50”. A non-certified structure can only be used in areas where permits are not required and no wind or snow-load rating is needed. While non-certified structures are engineered to withstand wind and snow loads in your region, only certified structures are guaranteed to meet or exceed specific requirements.

Certified Structures

Certified structures can be manufactured with either 14 gauge or 12 gauge steel. Certified structures must be used in areas where a permit is required. These buildings are professionally designed by an engineer to meet or exceed the specific wind and snow loads for your area. Engineered drawings for certified barns, carports and garages are available upon request after your order is placed.


It is important to remember that the installation site for your building should be level; however, it is not necessary to pour a concrete or cement foundation. Many of our metal barns are installed directly on ground, dirt, or gravel. We make it so easy, we even include basic anchoring in our pricing to secure your steel building. And even better, all of our prices include free delivery and free installation every day. We think it is important for customers to know what the total cost is going into their project.


Rebar Building Anchors

For non-certified structures, rebar anchors are included in the price for all ground installations. Ground installation typically assumes dirt, clay, and gravel surfaces.

Concrete Screws & Concrete Anchors

Concrete anchors are used for all metal barns, certified or non-certified, erected on concrete or cement. Anchors are included in the price of your structure.

Auger, Mobile Home, & High Wind Anchors

Auger anchors are always used for the ground installation of a certified structure. Additional charges may apply. Auger anchors are highly recommended in sandy soil conditions for non-certified and certified units. You may purchase auger anchors separately.



Gabled ends are a great option to hide the frame and braces of your metal structure. As an added bonus, gables also provide extra framing support and protection for the ends of your metal barn.


Side panels are available on any metal structure, barn, garage, or carport. The standard width for a side panel is 3 feet. The standard lengths are 21 feet, 26 feet, 31, and 36 feet, but these sizes can be split to accommodate what works for you. The benefits of side panels are that they provide enhanced protection from sun, damaging hail and ice, and other weather conditions. As an additional benefit, side panels give the structure extra strength.


Closed sides and/or closed ends may be added to any steel barn. Fully-enclosed structures become durable and affordable garages. Walk-in doors, windows, and garage doors may be installed on any closed side or end of your barn provided that it is large enough to accommodate the fixture. You may enclose one, two, three, or all four sides of your structure. Standard sides and ends feature horizontally corrugated panels. They may be upgraded to vertical panels for an additional charge. Pricing for vertical panels includes additional framing and support.


Garage doors may be installed in the ends and/or sides of your steel barn provided that that side or end has been closed and is large enough to support it. Door sizes range from 6 feet to 14 feet tall and are white in color. Available garage door sizes vary according to the height and width of the structure you choose. Generally, your steel barn will need to be the same size or 1 foot higher than the garage door you want to install. Elephant Structures BuildID™ system automatically adjusts this for you. Please consult an Elephant Structures sales representative if you need further assistance to determine what size garage door will fit best in your building. If you choose to install your own garage door, window, or walk-in door, or would simply prefer to have an opening in your wall, a frame-out option is also available. Typically, your building will need to be 1 foot higher than the height of the frame-out you are ordering to accommodate a header bar for added strength. Unfortunately, we cannot install customer supplied garage doors, walk-in doors, or windows to any structure.


Walk-in doors and windows may be installed in the ends and/or sides of your barn, carport or garage provided that that side or end has been closed and is large enough to support it. Our walk-in doors are generally available with or without a window. All doors and windows are white in color; however, you may choose a specific trim color for added detail.