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How to Prepare a Steel Building for Winter

General Steel Structure Cold Weather Maintenance Readying your steel building for winter is simple— and extremely important.  Remember, it always costs less to prevent problems now than to make repairs later. Prepare Your Steel Building for Winter Now Fortunately, a steel structure requires very little maintenance.  Perform these simple tasks now to prepare your metal structure for a problem-free winter:…

Do Steel Building Kits Require an Architect?

Building Design for a Prefab Metal Building If you are contemplating your first project using steel building kits, you may wonder who will handle the building design. Actually, that depends on the size and scope of the project. Understanding a Prefab Metal Building System Let’s start with the basics. Wood-framed structures need strategical “load-bearing” interior walls to help carry the…

Metal Building Permits

How to Obtain Construction Permits for Steel Structures First of all, do prefab steel structures require building permits?  Yes, they do. Why do metal building kits need approval?  Because, a permit ensures your building’s safety. The building department checks your project for code, load, zoning, safety, size, aesthetic, and local requirements.  They also make sure that your building location does…

Seven Things You Need to Know about Metal Building Foundations

Why Pre-engineered Steel Building Foundations Demand Precision Precision and strength are especially important for metal building foundations.  A sloppy or inadequate concrete foundation seriously weakens the strength and durability of your pre-engineered metal building. Peruse these seven foundation tips for successful steel building construction… #1: Precision Equals Quality Framing Prefabricated steel buildings promise precision.  Every part of the steel building…

Do You Need Building Permits for Metal Buildings?

First Things First: Get Your Construction Permits! First time buyers often ask if you need building permits for metal buildings.  Absolutely!  In most cases, you will definitely require a construction permit from your local building authority. Thank goodness, smart buyers ask about building permits first—before they order a pre-engineered steel building. Unfortunately, some construction novices, in the heat of let’s-get-it-done-now…

How to Anchor a Metal Building

Attaching Steel Framing to the Foundation The importance of how you anchor a metal building to its foundation cannot be overstated. The strength and safety of a steel building depend upon a solid foundation with perfectly aligned connections.  If either the foundation or the connecting bolts are compromised, the entire structure is less stable. The Precision of Metal Buildings One…

What Is a Steel Building Bay?

How Does Bay Spacing Affect Metal Building Pricing? If you are new to pre-engineered metal building construction, it pays to understand a few basics, like the importance of the steel building bay spacing.  But what exactly is a metal building bay? Steel Building Bay Definition Prefabricated metal buildings start with primary steel framing.  The primary steel framing consists of commercial-grade,…