About Morton Building Metal Homes

This isn't like living in a Quonset hut or a storage shed.

Function

Morton Buildings metal homes can be designed in practically any style and size buyers prefer. The classy appearance surprises people who never suspected these buildings actually begin with a traditional pole-barn framework and are then covered with metal.

Morton Buildings uses post-frame construction, or post-and-beam construction, resulting in structures built of wood roof trusses or rafters attached to supporting columns or heavy sidewall posts. This type of construction has been standard in rural buildings across the United States throughout history, for its simplicity and durability, and ability to hold up against severe weather. Post-frame construction is common in dairy barns, horse stables, riding arenas, animal housing, storage sheds and more. It has become increasingly popular for commercial buildings such as auto dealerships, office buildings, retail stores and churches.

Benefits

Because of the post-frame construction, there are no constraints for wall placement, ceiling height, or room sizes. The company offers an exclusive energy-efficient insulation system to keep their homes cool in summer and warm in winter. Morton Buildings works with innovative, better-quality forms of concrete, and uses acoustical steel for a quiet residential experience. They provide 4/12 through 12/12 roof pitch options along with numerous roofing styles. Morton Buildings offers catalog designs for metal homes in country cabin, ranch, bi-level, Colonial, barn-style and many others.

Features

Home buyers can choose from a variety of high-quality features to the original structure. Siding can be fiber cement, steel, vinyl, brick, stucco, or wood, and buyers can choose metal or shingled roofs. Windows are provided from manufacturers such as Andersen, Pella, and Hayfield.

Geography

Founded in 1903 as the Interlocking Fence Company, Morton Buildings began constructing buildings in 1949, and is now the largest builder of steel-covered wood-frame structures in North America. The company has offices in nearly all 50 states, with most in the Midwest. Manufacturing plants are in Illinois, Kansas, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Ohio. There are 120 construction centers, creating over 6,000 buildings each year.

Considerations

Morton Buildings tend to be more expensive than metal buildings from many other companies, and Morton takes pride in choosing the best materials in all aspects of construction, and providing employee pay that will attract top-notch crew members. They do not contract out any of the construction work. A person considering making an important purchase such as a house should do due diligence in researching commentary and product reviews.

About the Author

Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.