When it comes to barns, there are two main options: the American Barn and the Kiwi Barn. Both are available in clear span and non-clear span (determined by whether internal posts are present).
What’s the difference? American Barn vs Kiwi Barn
The American Barn design features a main gable (10-25 degree pitch) with a drop to the next lean-to roof on each side (5-12 degree pitch).
A Kiwi Barn also has a main gable and a lower lean-to on either side. The difference with a Kiwi Barn is that there is no lean-to drop between the centre gable and the two outer roof gables, creating a more streamlined silhouette.
What do we mean by clearspan and why is it superior?
A span is the distance between two supports in a structure. To be a clearspan building, it means that there are no supports used between the two side walls. For example, a clearspan of 20m, indicates that the width of the building is 20m and the roof is self-supporting.
Because a clearspan building has no obtrusive supporting poles, the usable space within the barn is greatly increased. This makes it a breeze to reverse boats, horse floats and other large vehicles into the building without the worry of expensive damage.
How do Coresteel’s clearspan barns stack up against the rest?
Coresteel is the only company to offer credible clearspan American and Kiwi Barn buildings. By that we mean that our roofs are structurally engineered to withstand the extra weight that comes from no supports. When our competitors advertise clear spans, their buildings can also span the distances, yet have large supporting brackets and braces both at knee height and across the apex. The problem with knee and apex braces is that they limit storage and movement within the barn.
Our steel buildings are typically stronger than those of our competitors. Unlike our competition, we do not support the use of braces and brackets or multiple TEK screws through to structural elements. Coresteel structural connections are all fully-bolted. Coresteel only uses TEK screws to fix the roof and wall cladding. Read more about Coresteel’s points of difference.
Can American Barns and Kiwi Barns be customised?
The options for customising your building are endless. Below is a list of common elements which our customers alter to suit their individual needs:
- Roof pitch
- Knee heights and apex height
- Size and number of doors
- Size and number of windows
- Closed in bays or open lean-tos
- Added lean to on either side of the barn
- Internal mezzanine floors
- External decking/balconies
* Note that the term Heritage Barn is a competitor’s brand name for an American Barn.
Want to know more?
Or view some of our American Barns and Kiwi Barns listed in our Sheds section.