Wood or metal?
Which material is best suited for barn equipment?
Which equipment a stable building should have depend on the animals housed in it – because each species has its own housing conditions. Apart from the intended use, the existing basic conditions and the individual requirements, the material also plays a decisive role for the choice of the interior. www.agrarnetz.com explains the advantages and disadvantages of stable equipment made of wood or metal.
Natural material wood: Temperature-equalizing and cosy, but sensitive
p>For centuries wood has been used as a building material in almost all areas. Although it has been replaced or pushed back by other materials in various industries, modern agriculture cannot be imagined without it. When it comes to buildings, furnishings or lining stables, it convinces both through its ecological efficiency and through its breathability, good insulating properties and high elasticity.
These invaluable and frequently used properties are countered by disadvantages such as limited tensile and compressive strength and easy flammability. In addition, wood requires increased care and maintenance. As a natural substance, it is also very susceptible to mould, fungal attack, water, urine or gnawing damage. These conditions limit the sensible use to selected parts of the stable interior.
Corrosion-resistant metal: robust, resistant and versatile in use
No matter if it is a partition wall, floor grate or feed rack: when setting up animal shelters, metal offers advantages such as mechanical stability and chemical resistance. It is fireproof, easy and quick to clean, and requires very little maintenance. These facts make the material the ideal building material for heavy-duty interiors or for fixtures that have to comply with hygiene and safety regulations.
However, metal also has less desirable properties. It neither allows moisture to escape nor air to enter. That are the reasons why openings should be made. Above all it has a high thermal conductivity, so that individual parts of the interior can heat up considerably when exposed to sunlight or heating lamps.