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How to Buy Insulated Windows

Tips on Choosing Energy Efficient Windows Insulated windows for steel buildings save money, decrease energy usage, make the home or building more comfortable, and increase the value of the structure. Choosing insulated windows over single pane windows is a no-brainer for new construction. Replacing energy wasting, uninsulated windows with high-performance windows in existing structures makes sense, too— especially in bitterly cold or extremely hot climates. How do you choose which kind of insulated window to buy? Here are a few… Read More

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#1 Mistake When Buying a Metal Building

Know Exactly What You Want from Your New Steel Building What is the first time buyer’s biggest mistake when buying a metal building? It is not completely thinking through what they want from their new structure. Don’t decide you want a new building and immediately start looking for steel building quotes online. Your pre-engineered steel building company serves you best when you have a clear idea of what you need. End Use First, what is the purpose of the building?… Read More

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10 Tips for Pouring Metal Building Foundations

Constructing a Steel Building on a Firm Foundation As with any structure, foundations for steel framed buildings need to be firm and made right. First-rate concrete slab, pier, or perimeter wall promises solid support for the lives of the structures. Metal building foundations poured with poor-quality concrete promise nothing but problems. Don’t Cut Corners on Concrete Foundations Many do-it-yourselfers consider themselves capable of pouring their own metal building foundations. They poured the cement for their fence posts, didn’t they? And… Read More

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How to Find an Excellent Concrete Contractor

Pre-engineered Metal Buildings Require Precise Foundation Work While all building projects benefit from well-laid foundations, hiring a trustworthy concrete contractor is especially important for pre-engineered steel buildings. Prefabricated metal buildings are designed, engineered, and manufactured to exacting tolerances. These structures go together only one way— the right way. Unlike lumber— which warps, twists, and creeps over time— steel buildings go up straight, square, and plumb and stay that way for decades. Consequently, steel framing requires a straight, square, and plumb… Read More

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Steel Building Foundation Facts

Foundation Options for Pre-engineered Metal Buildings Steel building foundation systems perform an incredibly important function. A firm, well-made foundation promises to support a metal building for decades of worry-free use. Basic Types Of Metal Building Foundation Systems Pre-engineered metal buildings typical use one of three building foundation systems: 1. Slab 2. Pier 3. Perimeter walls SLABS: Concrete slabs are the most popular choice for steel building foundations. A slab creates a concrete floor for the structure while supporting the steel… Read More

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Construction Permits for Metal Buildings

Part 2: Five Things Required to an Obtain Metal Building Permit To apply for construction permits you will need: 1. Your property deed with the legal description of the property 2. The size and intended use for the structure 3. Structural plans certified and stamped by an engineer licensed in that state 4. Location of the building on the property 5. Patience The building department makes sure your project meets all code, load, zoning, safety, size, aesthetic, and local requirements.… Read More

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Does a Steel Building Need a Building Permit?

Part 1: The Importance of Construction Permits for Metal Buildings Do you need a building permit to erect a pre-engineered steel building? Probably. Most local building authorities require construction permits for all new construction and remodel additions. While some rural areas may not need a building permit for agricultural steel buildings or storage structures, NEVER assume your structure is exempt. Why Do You Need a Building Permit? Building permits and inspections protect you from inferior construction. They make sure your… Read More

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How to Get a Metal Building Quote

The Process of Pricing a Pre-engineered Steel Building You want an accurate metal building quote. Otherwise, how can you make an informed decision? There are two ways to insure a precise steel building quote: 1. Deal with a reputable metal building company with a solid track record. 2. Provide as much detailed information as possible. Understanding the Basics of Metal Buildings Before you decide on the size building you will need, consider how steel buildings are measured. Out-to-out measurement of… Read More

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Weld-Up or Bolt-Up Metal Buildings?

The Pros and Cons of Field-Welded and Pre-engineered Steel Buildings Internet chat rooms are filled with consumers trying to decide between weld-up and bolt-up metal buildings. Almost without exception, those responding advise choosing a pre-engineered bolt-up steel building system. (One man in Arizona reported building two steel hangars— one weld-up and one bolt-up. He said the weld-up hangar almost shook apart in high winds that did not faze the bolt-up hangar.) So what are the differences between the two structrual… Read More

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Less is More with Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

Less Hassles and Headaches with Steel Building Systems Pre-engineered metal buildings distill the building process to its simplest form. Steel building systems by design eliminate the wasted materials, wasted time, and wasted motion so often a part of building. Whatever the application, choosing a dependable, easy-to-erect prefabricated metal building takes the stress out of construction. Why Less is MORE with Pre-engineered Steel Buildings It sounds like an oxymoron, but less really is more with RHINO steel building systems. LESS TIME:… Read More

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