From locally that there's been problems with fabric buildings, two or three blew apart in a winter storm. There was problems with insurance with them, some even see them as temporary buildings because you can take off the top. The covers need to be replaced every 20 years or so, so if you have a 15 year old building and sell the property you have to tell the buyers, they have to replace, at their expense, the roof. Snow sounds like a loud zipper. Easy to rip the cover. I found the couple I was in was no more airy than a nice metal or wood barn, yes more natural light. Forgot they rain inside, I was shocked the first time I went in one and it was raining for a good 10 plus minutes.
Metal buildings are colder, less natural light, and does have metal sounds, from rain, snow, or something hitting the side. Yes you have to watch out for screws backing out and leaking, metal coming lose, rusting.
Both need maintenance, in there own ways, one is completely redoing the cover every couple decades, the other is yearly sealing, and tightening screws. For where I live I would pick a metal barn over fabric, due to weather conditions, and general environment, needs. You have to figure all the pros and cons, not just the price, or the fact you like to have your own giant igloo, or no one else has one. Function and practical reasoning is needed.
Last edited by Cruiser; 10-24-2012 at 05:53 PM.