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JaneyWaney9 03-31-2013 05:50 PM

Experiences with Morton Barns?
 
Their ads are everywhere, and they have made some STUNNING stables. I've been to their websites and drooled.

Has anyone been in one/own one? My concern with them is that the roof is metal. The place I board at has a roof of similar material (not a Morton building, though) and when it rains or the snow is melting, it is SO LOUD! I would think that with those metal roofs the barn would be really loud if the weather is bad.

Also, price-wise, are they affordable, or are they on the more expensive side? I know it would depend on how big the building is.

Just wondering.

ericp502 03-31-2013 05:56 PM

We called them out last summer/fall but their prices ended up being almost double everyone else. Ended up having a Amish family build us a beautiful barn for less than half their cost.

They do have some beautiful barns on their website.

Here are some BBB complaints on Morton buildings. Even if they were close to the same cost as the people we chose I wouldn't have built with them just based on their BBB complaints.

http://www.complaintsboard.com/compl...s-c342483.html

franknbeans 03-31-2013 06:18 PM

Many barns, and indoor arenas, at least around here, are built like the Mortons, and you get used to the noise. I boarded at a place with Morton barns years ago, and remember that a storm severely damaged the barn-and Morton came promptly and fixed it free. That impressed me, for sure, since the barns were YEARS old. (like 10-15). I will also say that one of my neighbors, who is exceedingly anal and picky will only have Morton pole barns. He now has 2, and the last one went up last summer in about 2 days. If I were building a barn I sure would give them serious consideration.

maura 03-31-2013 07:40 PM

I worked in a Morton barn for years and thought it was lovely.

natisha 03-31-2013 07:50 PM

Mortons are nice but pricey.
Insulating the roof/ceiling will drastically cut down on noise.

wguisbert54 03-31-2013 09:25 PM

I can't justify price of Morton Barn
 
I used a local "car Amish" crew to build my barn. I simply gave them the specs that I believed met or exceeded the Morton barn. Plus this crew has built a wide variety of horse barns in the region. They were knowledgable about the detailed needs in a horse barn, and came in $35000 less!
I have a friend who has a Morton Barn, and I just can not see the difference!

ericp502 03-31-2013 09:30 PM

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Originally Posted by wguisbert54 (Post 2087009)
I used a local "car Amish" crew to build my barn. I simply gave them the specs that I believed met or exceeded the Morton barn. Plus this crew has built a wide variety of horse barns in the region. They were knowledgable about the detailed needs in a horse barn, and came in $35000 less!
I have a friend who has a Morton Barn, and I just can not see the difference!

I agree. We had amish build our barn. They had a Mexican driver but some of them did have cell phones. They did not leave until everything was perfect. They also built the barn in 8 days and that includes all the concrete. True professionals that took pride in their work. I would recommend them to anyone.

JaneyWaney9 03-31-2013 09:48 PM

Hiring Amish builders is a great idea! There is a building they built in my area for a store, but it is the style of a horse stable. I'll have to keep that in mind.

I had no idea Morton was so controversial!

ericp502 03-31-2013 09:51 PM

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Originally Posted by JaneyWaney9 (Post 2087241)
Hiring Amish builders is a great idea! There is a building they built in my area for a store, but it is the style of a horse stable. I'll have to keep that in mind.

I had no idea Morton was so controversial!

I don't know if they are controversial. They have some bad reviews but they are a company with many locations and lots of customers. I'm sure they have more happy customers than unhappy customers. I just couldn't justify their prices. They were the most expensive quote we received. Only one other company was even close to them and all others were atleast half the cost.

greentree 04-01-2013 09:05 AM

My previous vet had a lovely Morton barn! It was built about 5 years ago. I have a friend with two LARGE, older Morton barns, and they look good. We called Morton, but could not seem to hook up with the guy to go look at some of his barns, and then we found the Amish company, and had them build ours.

Nancy


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