I'm the project guy on building a horse barn. I have an "upscale" property and want to do the "upscale" barn. However, I am a DIY guy because I like working with my hands.
I think the black painted steel on the stalls looks really "rich", coupled with a cherry stain and a high gloss polyurethane on the non-horse exposed wood! Steel is also the "srongest" material, however I am concerned about eventual paint chipping and rust. I could always go back and spot paint, but more than likely I would let this go till the property was up for estate sale and I was dead!
Galvinized steel "resists" rust, yet in other applications outside of horse facilities I remember seeing rust at the joints (probably the weld wasn't rust resistant), plus also on farm equipment I've seen rust on galvanized sheet metal.
Plus I've heard of toxicity issues withn galvanized steel.
Aluminum is more money, yet is the weakest material.
In summary: how durable is painted steel in horse stalls? If not that what do you have, and how do you like it?