Here are some frequently asked questions about steel buildings are their answers, which may be helpful to know more about steel buildings.
Q) Are all steel buildings made from the same steel?
A) No, all steel buildings are not made from the same steel. While most building manufacturers use 29 GA Steel for building steel buildings, the strength of the steel can differ whereas the thickness remains the same. Steel of grade E has a tensile strength of 82000 PSI, which means that it has greater strength and load bearing capacity than steel of grade D (65000 PSI) or commercial quality steel (32000 PSI) which is also used by some manufacturers of steel buildings.
Q) Is it difficult to put up the steel buildings?
A) No, it is not very difficult to erect steel buildings. Steel buildings are pre cut, pre drilled, and pre fabricated; thus requiring only careful assembly using bolts and drawing plans. People who purchase small steel buildings can easily erect them on their own, whereas for bigger and larger steel buildings, it is advisable to enlist the services of a qualified contractor or a steel building erector for assembling the steel buildings.
Q) Do all steel buildings comply with local building codes?
A) Most steel building manufacturers are aware of building codes in all 50 states across America and ensure that their steel buildings comply with such codes. However, if there are any local building codes that you may be concerned about; it is a good idea to find out what your local building requirements are and convey these to your steel building manufacturer so that your steel building will be in perfect compliance of all state and local building regulations and codes.
Q) How can I ensure that my steel building does not look like all the other steel buildings?
A) There are innumerable accessories and optional features that you can have with your steel building so that it can look exclusive and not the same as all other steel buildings. Such accessories can help your steel building to reflect your individual and personalized tastes. You can add wood and brick fronts, various types of colors, skylights, canopies, and customized doors and windows to ensure that your steel building is unique in each and every way.
Q) Do you need special equipment to erect steel buildings?
A) Small steel buildings do not require any heavy equipment or machinery for their assembly. But for large steel buildings, you may need forklifts, man lifts, fork trucks, and cranes depending on the actual size of the steel building.
Q) Are steel buildings environmentally friendlier than wood constructions?
A) Yes, they are. Wood framing generates tons of waste whereas steel framing results in very little scrap metal. Two thirds of all the steel produced in the US is recycled and new steel contains recycled steel as well. Steel buildings are made from such recycled steel, thus easing the landfill problems of the US. Using wood framing for our ever increasing housing needs has resulted in a majority of our forests and trees being cut down without any regard to future consequences. Thus steel buildings are much more environment friendly than wood construction; so much so that recent studies have suggested that steel should be recognized as a ‘green’ building material.
Q) Do steel building manufacturers help in erecting the structures as well?
A) That differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. While most steel building manufacturers do not erect the steel buildings, they do refer qualified contractors and technicians to their customers who can assist them in erecting their steel buildings.
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