A Sturdy Church Building That Is Cost-Efficient

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March 27, 2014

steel church buildingChoosing the right framing style is important for a church building. Consider the relationship between the cost and performance when choosing a new steel framing system. Some structures can use steel framing while using traditional wood framing for other church buildings might be a better choice.

Seven Framing Styles Explained

It is always wise to consult with a professional before making a framing style decision. They will help you figure out the best framing style and materials for your project. Companies like Rhino can provide you with several sets of church building construction plans and a seal of approval from a licensed engineer. Depending on the width, length, and height you need, consider the seven styles of framing. The first style is a straight column. This is the most traditional way of creating a structure. A tapered column will have a little bit more support for the main frame. A modular span will have a column in the middle in addition to a tapered column. A modular span can also have 2 rows in the middle to add even more support. To really keep the top from falling through, a modular span with 3 rows can provide tons of strength. A single slope relies on using less material for a solid frame. A lean-to framing structure will be leaning on another type of support to keep it from falling.

Consider The Costs

One of the first things most people think about before building a structure is cost. Churches usually have a limited budget. Creating a good balance between the budget and performance is the wisest choice to make when planning church building construction. You should be mapping out the blueprints before you ask about a steel framing structure. Steel frames can be the answer if you need a large space for less money.

All Steel versus Partial Steel Framing

Steel framing does not need to be used in the entire building. If you only want a framing structure made of steel, let the installer know. Roofing can be done with wood to save a little bit on the costs. If the weather is harsh in your area, a steel frame will definitely be more durable over time.

In the end, it is all up to the church to decide on using all steel versus partial steel. Steel has many advantages over traditional wood for church building construction. If the building will be a permanent location, metal buildings are a wonderful choice. Contact a supplier for more information!

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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