Steel buildings are great for a lot of uses, and this includes commercial as well as residential uses. Steel buildings can be assembled quite easily without the need of heavy duty masonry, welding skills, and specialized carpentry as they come with some standard features that make assembling steel buildings easy and simple. This is one of the reasons that these buildings have increased hugely in popularity over recent years in both the private and the commercial sector.
Standard Features of Steel Buildings
Although the specific features of steel buildings are likely to vary from company to company and maker to maker, here are some features of steel buildings that are standard to most manufacturers.
Primary Framing: The framing or the main frame is the backbone of any steel building. The main frame takes the majority of the load of steel buildings and thus it should be strong. Main frames made of solid I Beam construction are best for optimum support to the entire structure. Standard framing also includes end-wall frames and columns in addition to main frames. These are either hot rolled or cold formed depending on individual requirements.
Secondary Framing: Most steel buildings come with standard secondary framing components such as roof purlins, wall girts, and eave struts. These are all designed according to the specifications of individual consumers.
Bracing: Steel buildings face a lot of pressure due to torsion, lift, and compression. To relieve this pressure, bracing is used in steel buildings. All steel buildings have a standard Flange Bracing and may have additional bracing such as diaphragm bracing and X bracing depending on the weight loads that the building is expected to bear.
Sheeting and Roof Panels: Most steel buildings come with steel sheeting made from high yield strength material so as to withstand damages from impacts. Purlin Bearing Rib (PBR) roof panels are better than the R panels as they have extended overlapping to ensure a leak proof paneling.
Fasteners: All metal buildings are provided with fasteners for primary and secondary frame connections. Fasteners that are self-drilling ensure fast drilling and help in reducing damage to the surface by making the drill point slip-resistant. Most standard self-drilling fasteners are assembled with neoprene washers so as to give water tight sealing to the steel building.
Closures and Sealants: Neoprene strips, plugs with self-adhesive backing, eave and base closures, sealants for roof side laps, and sealants for end laps; are all usually standard with steel buildings to give proper sealing of the buildings and ensure water tightness.
Trimming, Flashing and Ridge Caps: Trimming helps to envelop and connect intermediary parts of the metal buildings. Properly finished trim helps to make the gapped areas watertight and also gives a nice look to the steel building. Ridge caps are provided to cover the roof and connect the different roof panels. Flashing helps to give a finished look to the steel building and also to keep pests out.
Drawings and Plans: Building manuals, erection drawings, and assembly plans are provided with the steel buildings for correct and easy assembling of the structures.
Warranties: Most steel buildings are backed by a warranty from their manufacturer. This warranty may vary in the number of years that it is valid for and also in what it covers.
These are the features of a steel building that are standard in the industry. Any metal building may be provided with optional features or you can choose to have steel building accessories to create the type of look that you wish for your steel building.
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