Create a Home For Your Horses

Smart Planning and Design of Your Barn Pays Off in Both Dollars and Quality of Life

Most of us would agree horses are part of the family. As owners, we intend to create a building that provides health, comfort and safety for our horses. Unfortunately, we sometimes find ourselves regretting some of the decisions made in our barn and facilities investments. Careful planning can avoid common mistakes and unforeseen expenses.

Plan For the Future

While a well-designed barn is more comfortable and enjoyable, it can also help lower maintenance costs, and vet bills, plus add overall property value. In other words, a low-cost strategy can result in a high-maintenance property in the long run. Everyone needs an ideal barn design for their budget, and the first key to barn design is planning.

Planning is as important for a two-horse barn as it is to a large equestrian facility. Many property owners find themselves wishing they ‘would have known then what I know now’ before they began building. One of the most common regrets comes when the owner needs more space and has no ability to expand.

How do you make sure you plan for both today’s needs and what you anticipate years down the road? Here is a basic checklist to help:

Design Planning Checklist

  • Write it down. Planning on paper can avoid expensive modifications and additions after the barn is built.
  • Ask yourself how the barn will be used. Will it be used for personal pleasure only or will you board horses? What is the maximum number of animals you project? What kinds of horses do you have? Different breeds and sizes have different needs that impact the design.
  • What will you be doing with your horses? Think and walk through how you will spend your day with your horses.
  • How will you store tack and feed?
  • Where will you groom your horses?
  • Consider your own needs. Owner amenities such as restrooms can improve your workflow, and lounge areas can allow you to relax in comfort while you watch your animals.
  • Do you need a multi-use facility? You may have a need for non-equestrian storage, etc.
  • Visit other horse owners’ barns to see what you like and what works. While design planning can be exciting, researching the budget ans zoning should be completed first.


Financing should be a key part of the early planning to avoid wasting time on designs that will not fit the funding. FCP can design and build a structure to meet almost any current budget constraint with future expansion options.

Some helpful hints:

  • Include permit costs, grading, turnouts, final landscaping, and utility hook-up costs in your budget plans.
  • Always assume there will be unforeseen expenses. A good rule of thumb is to factor 10-15% of your budget for unplanned needs.


Often overlooked in the beginning stages, a lot of time and trouble can be saved by researching zoning issues first. Consult local building codes and governing bodies before planning to ensure your project is within acceptable standards.

Put some time into these basic steps, and you will have fewer regrets and expenses down the road. Most importantly, you can look forward to many years of health, comfort and safety for those valued members of the family.

To learn more about barn design, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

Site Selection

Plan Your Barn Location to Be Functional – Your horse depends on you to select the best site for its home.

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An aesthetically pleasing barn will add to overall property value well beyond the barn investment. Finding the best possible location and orientation is as important as the design and construction of the barn itself.

When planning a new facility it is important to consider things like prevailing wind, groundwater drainage, security, deliveries, waste removal and other factors as well as view.

Nothing Beats a Great View

It’s a good idea to start with the view in mind. Select a site that won’t block views that add to the beauty of the overall property. In addition, position the barn so that horses may be seen the majority of the day. With optimum placement, you can enjoy your animals while keeping a watchful eye on their health and security.

Location Can Affect Horses’ Health

Planning for location should include determining which way the sun rises and sets to ensure comfortable climate conditions within the structure throughout the day. It’s ideal to capture summer breezes for their cooling effect while avoiding cold winter winds. You don’t want the center aisle to be a wind tunnel. FCP always recommends orientation at a 45 degree angle to the prevailing wind.

If strong winds come from all directions, doors should be placed in all four sides so they can be closed as needed.

Good air flow is crucial to your horse’s health as barns with poor ventilation can cause respiratory problems from dust, odor, and germs. Because hot air naturally rises and needs a place to escape, some barns may require exhaust fans or cupolas.

Before grading the barn site, ground water drainage should be considered. Standing water and marshy areas can be a breeding ground for insects and disease. It is important to locate the wash area so that it also has good drainage.

Plan for Convenience

Consideration of the following will make it easier to enjoy working in your barn:

  • Access and traffic flow is critical. Delivery and waste removal trucks, in addition to your horse trailer, need access to your barn from the road and/or your driveway. However, parking and traffic patterns should not be too close to horses to inhibit spooking.
  • Functional layout relative to amenities. Avoid unproductive distances to arenas, hot walkers, riding trails, feed & equipment storage, etc.
  • Optimal distance from residential structures. Too close, flies and odors can be objectionable. Too far, and access and utility hook ups can be inefficient.
  • Plan for future expansion. Don’t position your barn so that you can’t add on later without infringing on required property setbacks.

Follow these steps and you will enjoy your barn and your horses for years to come.

For more information on barn site selection, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

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Got a Permit For That?

Obtaining the proper building permit protects you, your horses and your equity.

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It’s time to add to or upgrade your horse facilities. Many people at this crossroad wrestle with whether they should obtain a permit for their project.

You may ask yourself, “Why should I have to get a permit to build on my own property?”

Certainly, it’s tempting to not expend the effort to get a building permit. Obtaining the proper permit can be an arduous process filled with frustration, unknowns, and delays – but skipping the permit can be a mistake many people later regret.

There is truth to many common perceptions about building permits. In addition to delays, the permit process can put limits on your building design and location, impact your property tax assessment, and cause significant fees and other costs.

Why Get Permits?

There are, however, many reasons to obtain the required building permit(s) and inspections for your construction project:

  • It’s the law -City and/or county ordinances require work to have a permit. Work without a permit may be subject to removal or other costly remedies.
  • Helps protect property value -If your project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced.
  • Protects you in insurance claims -Property insurers may not cover work or damages caused by work done without permits and inspections.
  • Ensures a successful future sale -If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs. Also, many financial institutions will not finance a purchase without proof of a final inspection.
  • Improves safety -By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or your horses.
  • Licensed Contractors – By law, a licensed reputable contractor requires that permits are in place. Hiring a licensed contractor gives you legal protection against shoddy workmanship.

How do I know whether I need a permit?

Building permits are generally required for any barn structure over 120 square feet. Many owners may also have to obtain approvals from homeowner associations or are subject to other restrictive covenants.

The Process

Whether you tackle the process yourself or use a permit service, understanding the permit process can reduce anxiety and delay so you can efficiently move forward with your plans.

  1. Talk to your local code official – They will tell you what is permitted in your specific area and zoning. You may also be referred to other departments for approvals. You’ll learn the requirements for building size, height and setbacks from your property lines.
  2. Collect information for your barn manufacturer to properly design the structure: building code, wind speed requirement, seismic zone, roof load requirement, allowable soil bearing and more.
  3. Submit Application -In addition to detailed barn drawings and engineering, a detailed, to-scale plot plan must be submitted. FCP can provide most of these requirements and has been providing customers the drawings and engineering required to expedite the permit process for almost 15 years.
  4. Review Process -If your plans are found to be in compliance, a permit is issued. If not, the code official may suggest solutions to help correct the problem.
  5. Receive Permit – Now that you have been approved for a permit, you have legal permission to start construction.

You should expect on-site inspections during construction to make certain the work conforms to the permit, local codes and plans. Usually, a one-day notice is needed when requesting these inspections. When construction is completed, the code official will provide documentation and code compliance is determined. Always note the name and department of each person that provides you information for future reference.

Use a Permit Service

While the permit process may seem overwhelming, you can hire a specialist that can help you secure the required permits. A professional in this field should know the local process and requirements which will save you from having to go through the learning curve.

FCP is the only barn manufacturer that offers a permit service to customers in most areas. It’s a natural extension of the company’s philosophy. FCP offers customers complete service from concept to completion, and the permit process is part of that.

To learn more about the building permit process or barn design, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

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Barn Styles

Form, Function, Style and Your Vision – There are different barn styles ideal for your location, property, budget and taste.

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If you’re thinking about building a new barn, you’ve probably been dreaming about how it will look, how it will be set up, and how it will meet your needs as a horse owner. When choosing a style for your new barn, your vision must be the first consideration. Another important consideration is the layout of your property. Of course, your needs and budget should guide any barn construction decision.

Fortunately, there are many style options from which to choose and one is certain to match your vision, property layout, needs and budget.

Raised Center Aisle Barns

The most popular barn style among a variety of horse enthusiasts, the Raised Center Aisle (RCA) barn features attractive architectural lines and a traditional look with a two-tiered roof. This style provides a secure and closed environment for your horses, protection from the elements and easy access to service areas.

If you have a tight, square lot this style may work best for you. An RCA barn allows for greater visibility for horses to socialize across the aisle and greater efficiency in the use of space within the barn. Maximum light and air circulation is possible even in adverse weather conditions due to the venting between the rooflines and the option of sliding windows which are inset between the upper and lower rooflines.

FCP’s versatile design features a 3:12 roof pitch with a generous 12’ wide breezeway. If you choose this style of barn, it is common to include paddocks on either side of the barn so plan for these areas in your barn footprint as well. An RCA barn also allows for a hay loft to store hay and extra feed.

Gable Barns

A Gable barn is an attractive yet economical choice with only one roofline. This design allows a cost-effective way to have a center aisle and still have ventilation throughout the barn, while keeping it warmer during the cold winter months. This style of barn can still be closed completely with breezeway doors.

Shedrow Barns

The Shedrow barn style can be the best fit if you have a narrow lot. It is an excellent choice for areas with limited space or warmer weather conditions. When space is restricted and location is limited, this style provides a smaller barn footprint in most cases.

A particularly flexible style, a shedrow can be configured in a variety of forms such as straight-line, L-shaped or U-shaped. FCP’s shedrow barn provides the traditional gabled roofline with a generous protective overhang, available in a variety of sizes, to the front of the structure. This overhang option allows for protection for your horse but also plenty of workspace around your barn.

The shedrow style provides excellent ventilation, allows owners an unrestricted view of their horses, and has the advantage of turnout of all horses from the same side.

Back-to-Back Barns

If your budget is tight and you need to decrease the price per stall, this style could fit your needs. A Back-to-Back style provides the maximum stalls in the least amount of space by basically building two barns under one roof; this results in two rows of stalls in the center that share a common back wall.

There’s a Style For Your Dream

As a horse owner, you want the best for your animals. That means thinking about and planning for the barn style which will best suit your needs and dreams. Whether it is a Raised Center Aisle, Gable, Shedrow or Back-to-Back style, you can build the barn of your dreams if you take the time to research and plan ahead for your specific needs.

To learn more about selecting the most advantageous barn style, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

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Wall of Choices

How Do I Climb the ‘Wall’ of Choices? – A wide selection of wall materials helps you build the perfect barn for your style, needs and budget.

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When choosing a wall for your barn, you might feel like “How do I climb the wall of choices?” There are many barn wall material types available to meet your individual style, needs and budget. Options range from traditional wood to innovative plastic lumber and composite materials. There are so many options that making the decision can be overwhelming.

In order to obtain objective information about the options available, you must do a little independent research. Talk to experts, look at neighbors’ barns and get input from them as to what works.

Most barn companies only manufacture barns that utilize one or two wall types and naturally tout these as the best. FCP, Inc. is the only barn company that manufactures barns with all the quality material types. “We understand the differences of each wall type as they relate to structure, maintenance and aesthetics,” says Greyson Channing, FCP Director of Sales. “This allows FCP to be objective in designing the perfect barn that will be a reflection of your personal style,” adds Channing.

Wall Materials, Pros and Cons:

Barns have traditionally been manufactured using wood in either a Pole Barn or Wood Frame structure. All-wood barns offer an attractive appearance with the ultimate ability to customize. However, they typically demand the most time and expense in design and engineering. They also generally have the highest initial and ongoing maintenance costs.

Solid wall modular barns are most commonly constructed with steel on the exterior and interior walls, with the option of tongue-and-groove (T&G), T111 plywood, or textured panel materials on the exterior walls. These solid wall barns boast the strength of steel and a kick-through warranty. In addition, they are chew-proof, have a zero-percent fire spread rating, are low-maintenance and a good value in terms of cost and durability.

Tongue & Groove Stack Walls are manufactured with premium quality 2×6 wood stacked between steel channels. These walls are attractive, allow for easy replacement of damaged boards and the initial cost is competitive. There is an additional cost to stain and seal boards after installation and boards will require resealing as frequently as every 18 months depending on location. Stack walls do not meet fire code requirements in certain areas.

Plastic lumber stack wall barns are constructed much like T&G walls but with virtually maintenance-free plastic boards. They are guaranteed to last 50 years and require no sanding, painting, sealing or staining. Plastic lumber is impervious to moisture, insects and the acids contained in animal waste. It resists splintering, chipping and rotting, and is made from recycled resources. The initial cost is higher than T&G, but the lower maintenance costs provide payback within a few years.

The traditional, pre-engineered Metal building uses metal sheeting for walls. This is a low-cost approach for a fully-enclosed building. While the surface maintenance costs are low, it can dent and bend easily and has weak wall strength unless supplemental stall walls are used.

Finally, Concrete walls are constructed using cinder blocks or tilt-up concrete structures. Used only for unique situations, they can be expensive. Concrete walls are very strong and keep the stall cooler, but the lack of flexibility can be dangerous to animals.

You Have A Choice

Ultimately, the decision on which wall you will choose for your barn should be based on individual needs and must take into consideration the advantages and disadvantages of each type as they apply to your unique situation. Only after careful research and consideration can the best choice be made from the wide range of options available. You will enjoy your new barn for years to come knowing you made the right choice for your horses.

To learn more about selecting the best wall material, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

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Selecting a Barn Company

A happy future requires a wise, well researched choice for barn designer, manufacturer and builder

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Which company will you choose to build your barn? The answer to that question can make all the difference in assuring that you will not only have a pleasant construction process, but that your finished barn will provide years of trouble-free enjoyment.

Product Offering and Quality

All barns are not built the same and product quality is key. While many may look similar, significant differences exist between companies when it comes to the quality of the materials and workmanship used to fabricate the finished product.

It is important to remember that “cheap can be expensive” in the long run. Horses can dish out tremendous punishment to the walls and doors of a barn on a daily basis. A barn manufacturer should use only the highest-grade materials available in order for the structure to withstand generations of harsh use.

The company you select should offer a wide variety of wall materials and objectively give you the advantages and disadvantages of each, rather than offer only one type and insist that it is the best. The barn structure should appear strong and robust instead of flimsy. If it appears flimsy, it is probably because lower quality materials have been used to reduce overall costs. Welded components are generally the strongest, so make sure the manufacturer’s design is not primarily bolted or screwed.

Service Offering

Another important aspect to consider when choosing a barn company is what services are offered along with the contract.

  • The company should offer to design the structure to accommodate your specific needs rather than try to force you into a standard design.
  • Turn-key service should be available so that you will not have to coordinate sub-contractors.
  • The project should be handled through the entire process by the Design Consultant, not handed off to unknown persons along the way.
  • Instead of primarily purchasing your barn components from a third party, the company should have their own manufacturing facility that can build the barn to your specifications.

It is important to check the company’s quoted fabrication lead-time. The permit process can be time consuming enough. You don’t want to have to wait an extended time for your barn once it has been released for fabrication.

Additional services can make a company stand out, such as Pre-Construction Site Inspection. Ultimately, the company should adequately service your needs; customer service is critical to ensuring your project goes as planned.

Reputation and Credentials

The barn company should have the credentials that will certify the quality you are looking for:

  • The company should be licensed, bonded and have a Fabricator’s License.
  • The company should confirm that the building is manufactured according to the current building code. Otherwise, the structure may not be structurally sound and could injure inhabitants.
  • The materials should be ICC certified and tested. Although not required, these assurances could ensure products meet standards which can expedite the permitting process.
  • The company should carry adequate Worker’s Compensation and General Liability Insurance; if not, the cost of accidents or lawsuits could be passed on to you.
  • The company should supply references that can be checked.
  • Good standing in organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and the Contractor’s State License Board is important.
  • Check company credit references for any past or pending lawsuits by customers.

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Warranty and After Sale Support

After sale support and warranty provisions should be considered when selecting a barn company. An extensive warranty is desirable and the company should be scrutinized as to whether it is capable of standing behind the warranty. If there are warranty issues, there should be one contact person to go to instead of finger-pointing between sub-contractors.

Making an effort to research a prospective barn company can mean the difference be-tween the barn of your dreams that you and your horses can enjoy for years to come, or a building that is less than adequate and takes more time and effort to maintain than you imagined. Only FCP meets the high standards mentioned above and will encourage you to do the research to get the facts.

To learn more about how to select the right barn manufacturer, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

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Cool Roofing Material

New Roofing Material Keeps Barns Cooler – Innovation benefits the environment as well as barn owners’ comfort and budgets.

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Heat is one of the major problems facing a barn owner, especially in Southern regions. Excessive heat is not only uncomfortable for the horse and owner, it can also increase the potential for illness and disease. Now there is a way to have a cooler barn, at no extra cost, with the added bonus of helping the environment.

FCP Barns & Buildings is the first barn manufacturer to use ULTRA-Cool® roofing materials, a new system developed by BASF. This innovative new system reflects solar energy to keep your barn 25 to 45% cooler.

Reflects Energy

The heat problem is a simple principle: A barn’s roof is significantly heated by sunlight, or solar energy, more so than the surrounding ambient air temperature. The roof’s ability to reflect that energy greatly reduces the amount of heat being transferred to the barn’s interior.

In the past, heat reflectivity can only be achieved by using a light-colored roof material instead of a dark-colored material. FCP’s ULTRA-Cool roofing increases heat reflectivity without sacrificing color choice. The revolutionary coating increases the reflectivity of colors, particularly medium to dark colors, thus promoting cooler interior spaces.

ULTRA-Cool not only increases a roof’s ability to reflect the sun’s energy, but also then quickly emits any energy that it does absorb. This greatly reduces the barn’s interior temperature and expands the life of the roof.

Metal roofs already have generally recognized benefits such as fire-resistance, a light weight, seamless integrity, a wide variety of color choices, and longevity. Cool roofs have all the same benefits as metal roofs and are available in the same colors and styles. Insulation can be added for an even cooler effect.

Environmentally Friendly

Because of the increasing concerns about global warming and high energy costs, green building codes and organizations will continue to grow in recognized importance. Legislators in certain energy conscious districts are including cool roof requirements in their energy conservation programs and it is likely that all building codes will soon require cool roofing.

Conscious of this trend, FCP’s barns are environmentally friendly. ULTRA-Cool is no exception – it’s 100% recyclable material.

On many fronts, cool roofing makes good sense. It provides cooler interior spaces, longer roof life and lower environmental temperatures help reduce smog levels.

A cool roof is not only a good idea, it’s a responsible idea. As our world strives to become more ‘green,’ every barn owner can do their part not only for themselves, but also for the earth.

To learn more about FCP’s Cool Roofing, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

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Maximize Space with Quick Loft™

Looking for more storage space? Look up! Think vertical: A loft can effectively maximize the space you already have.

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If you have ever looked around for where to store your show gear or tripped over that large tack trunk in the aisle, you know that space really is a precious commodity.

Clutter in your barn due to lack of adequate storage space is unsightly and creates an unsafe environment for you and your horses.

Modern solution, traditional concept

In the olden days, most barns had loft areas. Lofts were a practical way to obtain large amounts of storage for minimal cost. Well, the concept is no different today. Although the construction of today’s barn is different in that most consumers prefer the strength, durability, and value of a modular steel solid-wall barn, the need for a loft still exists. Fortunately, now you can also have a cost effective loft in your modern barn.

FCP’s newest innovation, Quick Loft™, is a cost-effective loft that creates inexpensive space by using the air ABOVE your center aisle for storage. Not everyone can increase the footprint of their barn because of space or setback limitations. If you have always wanted to add a barn loft but did not know how, FCP has the solution. Quick Loft™ allows you to organize the items up and out of the way.

Easy, modular installation

Quick Loft™ can be included in your new FCP barn or added to most current solid-wall barns. Available in a kit, it is easy to install. Quick Loft is simple to assemble and mounts to the top of the stall fronts in your barn.

Quick Loft™ is built from the same quality materials and sturdy design used in all FCP barns. It is strong, rigid, and can be used to store up to 100 lbs per square foot.

FCP currently has Quick Loft™ available for 12 ft. and 16 ft. aisle widths and in 4 ft. deep section increments. This allows you to add as little or as much loft space as you need. The base Quick Loft™ kit can build a 12’ or 16’ x 4’ loft. Add-on kits can add 4’ of loft space at a time – up to hundreds of cubic feet of storage space.

The quick way to new storage space

Increased space in your barn is as easy as FCP’s Quick Loft™. You may be amazed at how much more organized your barn is and how comfortable you and your horses are when you have additional space thanks to Quick Loft™.

To learn more about FCP’s Quick Loft™, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

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Preventing Barn Fires

Good fire prevention practice includes regular habits as well as design and build strategies.

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There are few things in life more terrifying than an out-of-control wildfire roaring toward your property. The recent wildfires in California have heightened most horse owners’ concerns about losing their barn to a fire.

By one estimate, more than 4,500 barns are lost to fires each year and fire officials believe most of those losses were preventable. Responsible horse owners, who are otherwise fastidious about protecting their animals from injury and illness, too often leave fire prevention entirely to chance.

Although it is not possible to make a barn 100% fireproof, there are many ways to reduce the threat of fire:

Strategy of Habits

One of the key principles of fire safety is to keep heat and flammables apart. An easy way to accomplish this is to reduce the potential fuel for a barn fire outside and inside your building. Start outside by making a firebreak around your barn by removing brush, trees, tall grass and debris.

The U.S. Forest Service Guidelines recommend that you clear a distance around your building that is three times the height of the burnable material plus 10 feet for every 15 degrees of slope on land. For example, if the vegetation is 8 feet tall (3 x 8 = 24) on a 30degree slope (30/15 = 2 x 10 = 20), you would need to clear a radius of 44 feet (24 + 20 = 44) around the barn.

More Fire-Conscious Practices:

  • Remove railroad ties in any surrounding landscape. Some wood products contain creosote which works as a fire accelerant.
  • Store hay and combustibles such as wood shavings in a separate building.
  • Wet hay can start fires through spontaneous combustion, so make sure that any hay that is stored is properly cured and kept dry.
  • Forbid smoking in and near the barn.
  • Use caution when allowing mechanical heat sources for repairs and construction, such as welders and propane torches.

Design/Build Strategy

Another way to protect your property is to design, build and outfit your barn with fire safety in mind. Heat from a fully engulfed wildfire will burn almost any barn material except possibly masonry.

Some Building Codes in California won’t approve tongue and groove stack wall barns due to the increased fire danger. Wood is the most burnable material. A fire-retardant lumber is available and can reduce combustibility, but it is expensive. Metal is far less flammable. A solid wall metal barn may cost a little more, but is well worth it.

Consider installing a sprinkler system. A sprinkler system can control the initial fire and allow you time to remove your horses. While the initial investment may seem high, check with your insurance agent as some companies may cut your annual premium by as much as 50 percent if you have an acceptable system.

Retrofitting an existing barn with a sprinkler system can cost as much as $5.00 per square foot depending on the structural circumstances and water availability, but can be less expensive if included as part of new construction.

More Fire-Conscious Design/Build Tips:

  • Make sure to include plentiful exits in your barn design and install a grounded lightning rod system for protection during electrical storms.
  • Cage all electrical fixtures.
  • Don’t use extension cords; if needed, use an industrial-grade cord and don’t overload it.
  • Try to have both water and a power supply installed outside of your barn. Keep a hose attached to your external water supply.

Response Strategy

It is vital to be ready to meet any fire emergency fully prepared. Reducing the chance of a catastrophic barn fire includes preemptive strategies to hit the fire before it can get established. Also, it is crucial to have a strategic plan to ensure that the horses and people in the barn come out safely. Response Preparation Tips:

  • Install detectors and alarms that sense heat and smoke and alert people inside and outside of the barn.
  • Place fire extinguishers within reach, about every 40 feet, or keep one at each entrance, in the tack room and near feed storage.
  • Post directions to your barn next to the phone.
  • Keep a halter and lead shank on every stall door, ready to lead your horses to safety. Consider marking each with glow-in-the-dark paint or reflectors.
  • Make your property easily accessible to emergency services; post the street address at the entrance to your property so that it is clearly visible to speeding emergency vehicles.

Roaring flames and thick smoke can terrify every animal owner. With common sense approaches and planned emergency preparedness, that terror can be reduced-along with casualties to both precious animals and valuable property.

To learn more about fire safety, call an FCP Design Consultant at 1-800-807-2276 or request a quote.

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