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Basic Considerations of a Metal Building

When considering the purchase of a steel building there are a number of factors that need to be included in your decision.  The fundamental question is how you will use the building once it is completed.  The determination of the steel building’s use can best be answered by answering some basic questions for yourself.Rigid Frame

The first determination is to decide what the building will do for you.  This question is best answered by how you see the building being beneficial to your lifestyle five, ten, even twenty years down the road.  The size of the building is also an important consideration.  When deciding on a size think in terms of at least 20% more space than you think you will need.  A lot of people make the mistake of buying too small a building and then having to expand at more expense in a short period of time.  Entrances to the structure need to be addressed.  You need to determine if regular walk doors are sufficient, or if overhead doors are needed.  If overhead doors are required, the type (roll-up or sectional) and number need to be ascertained.  This also can help in figuring out the size of the building that you will have to purchase in order to satisfy all entry requirements.  Decide on whether these entryways will be in the end and/or sidewalls.

One of the next considerations is the height of the structure.  Remember, that on most gabled steel buildings, the maximum door clearance is at least two feet below the eave of the building.  For instance, if you need a twelve foot clearance through a door you need to plan for a fourteen foot high eave, at a minimum.  The best gauge is to figure out how much room will be required in the interior height of the building.  Warehouses and some manufacturing facilities need to allow for taller storage areas and bigger heavy machinery clearances.

Careful consideration needs to be made regarding the need for insulation.  Steel buildings can be extremely cold in the winter and unbearably hot in the summer if left un-insulated.  Do not underestimate your insulation needs and be sure to figure this into your overall budget for your project.

If thought is given to the eventual expansion of the building, keep in mind some factors.  Once the width is determined on an I-Beam building, that dimension is “set in stone”.  Width expansion on steel buildings is expensive, if not impossible, on steel I-Beam structures because of the support characteristics of the members.  Most I-Beam steel building structures are expandable lengthwise by removal of the end-walls.  In most instances, the end-walls can be reused.  Check with the steel building manufacturer or supplier you are considering purchasing from to see if expansion in the building is feasible in the future.

The Best Steel Building For Your Needs

There have been numerous articles that have been published about what the correct steel building should be that will satisfy anyone’s particular requirements.  These articles have addressed the core questions of use of the structure, dimensions, accessories, and possible future expansion.  The discussion in this particular article addresses additional considerations to ensure that you are purchasing the right steel building for your needs.

There are some things you need to know if you are considering a two story steel building.  Steel I-Beam framed buildings need at least a twenty two foot eave height in order to comfortably accommodate a second story.  The loading characteristics that need to be engineered into the building in order to accommodate the interior mezzanine can be expensive.  If you are under a strict budget for your building project, you may want to consider a single story building with the additional required square footage on one level.

I-Beam steel buildings have changed in recent years in both function and design.  The ugly metal boxes that once represented steel buildings are now largely gone.  Sidewall and trim applications are now improved.  With the use of Silicon Polyester paints, steel roofs can be painted to be more aesthetically pleasing.  Most steel building manufacturers and suppliers also offer premium quality options that include simulated brick, rock, stone, and stucco finishes.  With the proper use of accessories and options a steel building cannot be distinguished from its traditional building counterparts.

Steel buildings can now be fabricated to almost any shape, size, and dimension as opposed to the limited “cookie-cutter” offerings of the past.  This includes everything from circular sports complexes to hexagonal fellowship halls and other configurations that can now be fabricated to specific requirements.  For example, many steel buildings that require uniqueness of design are enhanced with the use of mansards and parapets on the roof applications.

Steel buildings can be configured to include roof slopes from 1:12 to 6:12 pitches.  Remember, though, that the steeper pitched buildings are generally more expensive because more steel is utilized in the roof make-up.  The use of a steeper pitched roof is highly recommended for moisture drainage and as a preventative to “ponding” complications.  Higher precipitation areas of the country should strongly consider the application of a standing seam steel roof.  A standing seam roof, however, is more expensive than the screw-down roofs that normally come standard with an I-Beam framed building.

A building permit for your steel building, in all likelihood, is required for your project.  Your building will also have to conform to local codes.  It is the buyer’s responsibility to procure all of the necessary permits and approvals.

The final consideration to factor into your project is one of experience.  Unless you have extensive steel building assembly experience and/or your steel building is a smaller storage area or garage, the hiring of a qualified erector is always highly recommended for any steel building project.

Do Not Buy the Wrong Steel Building

There are three major factors to consider before purchasing a steel building.  Hopefully, the advice in this article will help you to make the right decision in determining the correct steel building for your size requirements and budget.

The first consideration is to be careful not to buy the cheapest priced and cheapest quality steel building on the market.  Remember the old axiom – you get what you pay for.  You need to be in a position to trust the salesperson and the company you are dealing with.  If you like the features of the building being offered for sale and the final price, this is probably the steel building you need.  Make sure you are comparing “apples to apples” when comparing steel buildings from different companies.  Don’t rush to buy a building based on price alone.  Buy if the timing is right and the building meets the specifications you require--then buy the building.  A good rule as a checklist is to buy the building if you like it, you can afford it, and you can trust the company that will supply it.  This is the time to purchase.

Some steel building companies offer buildings that are supposedly “do it yourself”.  This is a correct statement in a number of instances if the building is small – as in a garage or storage shed.  Larger steel buildings usually require the involvement of a qualified erector or general contractor.  Make sure by talking with the building supplier before you buy the building that the building is truly a “do it yourself” project, if so represented.  If the building size requires professional installation, ask the supplier about qualified erectors in your area.  Know the price of the erection of your steel building before purchasing it.

There are two issues that need to be addressed relating to permitting before you purchase a steel building.  Zoning is one issue and structural approval is the second.  Zoning officials may limit the size and configuration of your building.  One procedure that will help to ensure zoning approval is to check the area where your steel building will be erected to see if similar styled structures to yours are already built.  Generally, agricultural use buildings are exempt from permitting if they are out beyond the city limits on farms and ranches.  The second issue, structure of your building, will need to be approved by the building inspectors and permitting officials.  One way to check is to see if the steel building company you are considering using will provide certified, stamped, engineered blueprints, plans, and calculations for the steel building.  These plans will prove to the local building officials that the building will conform to local loading conditions.

Paying attention to the three important factors mentioned in this article will go a long way in selecting and purchasing the correct steel building for your next project.