Prefab steel buildings are one of the most reliable and enduring construction methods due to the standard building features that make up the framing. These standard framing designs are the features that make two metal buildings similar and also strong. More specifically, if you were to look at the framing of a prefab steel building here’s what is consistent from building to building:
I-beams and end wall frames
Consists of girts and purlins among seven framing components
Fasteners, sheeting, sealants and ridge caps
An Analogy for First Time Prefab Metal Building Researchers
If you’re new to metal buildings, it may be easier to compare this unfamiliar subject to a more commonly understood concept like the Volkswagen car company. According to a recent USA Today article, VW is now the world’s most profitable automobile manufacturer and VW has done this in part by using one chassis for many different car models.
Similar to metal buildings, VW cars start out as similar prefab chassis and what eventually makes that standard frame a Volkswagen Jetta, Audi A4 or A6 is determined by the customizable options ultimately selected by the customer. This comparable design and manufacturing process ensures that your prefabricated steel building is cost-effective, time-efficient and easy to construct when it arrives at your job site.
Two Preliminary Design Factors Make All Prefab Metal Buildings Unique
When a company such as General Steel designs your steel building, the project consultant takes two unique preliminary factors into consideration before providing you with a base building price. Some projects may require more diligence, but in general, the two following factors are all that’s needed in order to deliver a timely and accurate quote.
(1) Intended Use:
As we discussed above, the standard building features shown below make each of the following three buildings similar. However, because each building is designed for a specific end-use, the building takes on its own unique characteristics.
Unique Secondary Factors
When a steel building is fabricated at the plant, it is manufactured and pre-punched according to these two specific secondary design considerations.
Whether your building needs to complement an existing structure, be HOA compliant or simply reflect your personal taste, there are several ways for a building to be aesthetically unique. You can select your own combination of roof, wall and trim colors or even change the roof pitch to create a unique elevation.
Examples from a whole pallet of colors to choose from.
The most common selections are 1:12 up to 6:12
Depending on whether your metal building will be used for your business or for private use, there are a multitude of accessories and components that can be pre-punched and supplied to make your building efficient as well as functional.
Personal Prefab Metal Building Designs
For example, this first building below was designed to be a personal workshop and home fitness area so the owner wanted several windows to gain natural light and cross ventilation.
Business Prefab Metal Building Designs
On the other hand, this second building is a warehouse designed to receive semi truck deliveries, so its owner simply asked for functional roll up doors to accommodate the trailers.
Other Reasons to Choose a Prefab Metal Building
When you purchase a building supplied by General Steel, your prefab metal building kit arrives with the component pieces you need to assemble your new building. You simply need to have your foundation or slab in place along with your anchor bolts. Some projects are DIY-friendly and others require a bit more experience, depending on the magnitude of your project. Either way, all projects bolt together, eliminating the need for complicated and time-consuming welding.
Many individuals who are looking for a new steel workshop or garage space choose a building size that is modest enough to be a do-it-yourself project.
This isn’t typically the case if you are constructing a new warehouse, as larger equipment is necessary to assemble the larger I-beams.