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Windows can add a lot to a barn. But are they right for yours?

Metal Barns

Windows can add a lot to a barn. But are they right for yours?

by Katie Santana on November 23, 2018

Can you imagine a house without windows? No? Neither can we. A house would look … incomplete without windows to adorn the walls. The light shining into a room through a window creates an ambiance that is inviting and warms a room. When it comes to houses, the need for windows is well-established. But what about barns?

You may not realize it, but windows aren’t just ornamental. They are, in fact, just as essential for barns, as they are for houses. 

If you’ll be using your new barn to house animals or store hay, windows are incredibly important. As you begin to create the plans for your new VersaTube barn, you may want to include ways to create cross ventilation. Cross ventilation can be created by opening windows on each side of the building pushing the hot air out and draw the cool air in to take its place. This is a great way to keep your barn cool during the warm summer months and well-ventilated during the winter.

No matter the time of year, ventilation is important for the overall health of your animals. In the winter, it will help prevent condensation from forming in your barn. Depending on the number of animals you have in your barn, the body heat from your animals inside can create a lot of warm air which, in turn, can create condensation. This can taint the air supply in the barn making it unhealthy for your animals to breathe. Opening windows and allowing fresh air to enter the building will give your animals a healthy air quality. After all, the main purpose for an animal barn is to provide a wind barrier and a place to escape from wet circumstances.

Window aren’t just about ventilation - you’ll also get the benefit of plenty of natural light. This can help keep your electric bills down and help warm your building during the winter months.

The key to success is knowing where to place your windows. Get to know the site where your barn will be constructed. Observe the site in all seasons. By doing so, it will help you understand where placing your windows will be most beneficial for you, and your animals.

 

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