Written by Dan Seitz and Jennifer Riley
There are very few things that need to be done in order to maintain your metal building or AmeriStall horse barn. Keeping it feeling new for decades is certainly possible. If you are looking to make the investment, we want to provide you with information that will help keep your facility operating and looking new for years to come.
Here is a complimentary go-to care and maintenance checklist.
Exterior Walls & Sheets
- Do not allow sprinklers to spray water directly on the wall sheets.
- Do not allow vegetation to grow onto the wall panels, this will hold moisture against the panels and cause them to rust.
- Do not allow manure to build up on the walls. The acids will corrode the sheets.
- Only use mild detergents to clean your metal wall sheets.
- Do not use a brush or abrasives to clean the wall sheets.
- Keep gutters and downspouts free of dirt and leaves.
- Do not allow AC condensation to drip onto the roof and wall sheets.
- Avoid dirt and bedding from building up on the stall panels. Over time, if this is not removed, the bottom tube will rust and the boards will rot with the extra moisture. Simply clear off the dirt and shavings when you muck your stalls.
- Do not allow treated lumber to come in contact with the stall panels or the metal wall sheets. The chemicals in the treated lumber will corrode these materials, and they are not good for the horses either.
- Dutch doors, Stall windows, and Swing-out feeders all come with hinges that have grease zerks. Grease the hinges on a regular basis (with season changes). This will keep them from squeaking and operating smoothly. You will especially want to do this if you keep doors and windows open most of the year.