Steel Building Construction
Four Reasons Why You Should Consider A Steel Building!
Pre-engineered Steel Building construction companies come in all types, so evaluating what type of steel building you use for your next job can be a challenging task. Below you’ll find helpful information on what the advantages are of steel buildings as well as the types of buildings you could choose from.
Advantages of Steel Buildings
- FASTER CONSTRUCTION – A pre-engineered steel building can cut weeks off your construction schedule and save you time and money! While other buildings take longer to construct, you could be in your new Steel Building making money and saving on delayed construction costs. The material costs are usually lower compared to traditional building methods. The materials are stronger and lighter weight, easier to maintain and even carry a reduced risk of fire because of their use of all steel materials and limited use of wood and other combustible materials
- LOWER LIFE CYCLE COSTS – The real difference from other forms of construction and a steel building is in the methods and cost-efficiency of a steel system’s design, fabrication, assembly and long years of service. Life cycle cost assessment helps to evaluate the total costs and net savings among uncertain alternate design systems by using parametric studies. Compared to other building types, a steel building with metal roofing components have a more consistently lower energy cost. Add in low maintenance costs and you increase your savings over the years with a steel building.
- SUPERIOR DESIGN – A pre-engineered steel building can be designed so that it may be expanded to fit your needs as your business grows. You can add on with additional building systems in many configurations. Steel buildings can easily be constructed to provide you with a clear, column-free interior space as well. This allows you complete flexibility in the design of the interior layout of your building. No other material provides such flexibility.
- STRENGTH & DURABILITY – Steel is one of the most durable materials available, and it has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all building metals. Steel buildings are more likely to survive in harsh weather conditions because of their strength and durability. Steel will not warp, crack, split or expand and contract with changes in the weather. Steel buildings are often used in areas of the country where weather conditions can be corrosive to other building types, like wood.
Types of Steel Buildings
- CLEAR SPAN FRAMES – A clear span frame offers strength, durability and versatility because it requires no interior supports. This would be a great option if you need a large area with uninterrupted space. This is a perfect choice for a factory, warehouse or an athletic facility. Interior walls have no load-bearing properties, so you have the freedom to be creative. These structures can be cost effective as wide as 150 feet. However, when you get wider than that, the frames have to be heavier to support the greater loads, and the cost goes up.
- MODULAR FRAMES - Modular frames have interior columns to more evenly distribute the load. In doing this, a modular frame building reduces the cost of both the frame and the foundation. With this type of building, the bigger it is, the bigger the savings. Most buildings over 150 feet wide have interior columns. These are also good choices for factories and warehouse buildings.
- SINGLE SLOPE FRAMES - These single slope designs are commonly found in strip shopping centers. These buildings have different eave heights on each sidewall so the roof slopes from the back to the front. The pitch of the roof is determined by the height of the eave on the lower side of the building. You measure how high the roof rises every 12 inches of horizontal roof. Most single slope frame buildings are low pitched.
- ARCHED WALLS – These arch buildings have both commercial and agricultural use. In this range of buildings, you can have a Quonset hut design that has completely curved walls from side to side; a model with a curved ceiling and straight walls and one with a gable-style roof and high straight side wall. They are quicker and easier to assemble than traditional straight wall buildings. They are less expensive, too, in fact, in some cases up to 30 percent less than other steel buildings. Arched buildings have the highest strength and sturdiness rating of all steel buildings.
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