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Starting A New Business

Do You Have What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur? Have you been thinking about starting a new business this year? Many people dream of being their own boss and becoming financially independent. Are you simply wishing for an easier life, or do you actually have what it takes to succeed as a small business owner? Small Businesses, Big Impact According to the Small Business Association (SBA), there are over 28 million small businesses in America. These mighty mini dynamos… Read More

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Metal Building Construction Loads 101

Part 2: Understanding Environmental Loads Part one of this series on construction loads covered the basics of dead loads and live loads. Now let’s look at the additional loads old Mother Nature inflicts on structures. Planning for nature’s violent vicissitudes is tricky. No one knows exactly the strength hurricane-force winds will blow. Who can guess how much snow can accumulate during back-to-back snowstorms? And multiple variables determine the damage inflicted by seismic events. Building code officials calculate required loads based… Read More

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Steel Building Construction Loads 101

Part 1: Understanding Dead Load and Live Load To appreciate the work of structural engineers, you need some rudimentary knowledge of construction loads. Metal building structural engineers analyze the strength and stability of a building. Their calculations determine the integrity and safety of a building design. Steel building engineers determine the placement and gauge of each part of the metal building system. Without the input of a certified structural engineer, a metal building might be “under-engineered,” meaning the building would… Read More

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The Building Budget Buster: Change Orders

How to Save Money, Time, and Headaches When Building The first mistake when building— not completely thinking through the project— causes the second biggest mistake: construction change orders. In their excitement and enthusiasm, first-time buyers tend to run ahead of the design process. Whether a commercial, industrial, or residential project, first time building owners need to understand that constructing a building is a process. It never pays to rush or skip ahead. Take time to consider every detail in advance.… Read More

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Designing Metal Buildings for Snow Country

Tips for Planning Steel Buildings for Extreme Winters There are many considerations when planning metal buildings for snow country. Preparing for extreme snow and ice conditions begins with effective planning before your pre-engineered metal building is ordered. Locating the building site The first consideration is placement of the structure on your site. Prevailing winds greatly affect snow buildup on and around a structure. The winds shift the snow, creating drifts on the roof of a building. Configuring a structure with… Read More

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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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