Pre-engineered steel buildings may at first glance seem like an expensive route to take, but the savings in construction, maintenance or replacement costs can be vast. A steel framed building has greater structural strength than a traditional ‘stick-built’ structure, and various models have been in demand for years as a cost-effective, weather-resistant solution to various building needs.
Many pre-engineered metal buildings can now be purchased in kit form, complete with detailed assembly instructions, plans, and numbered parts This allows a small crew to quickly erect and put the finishing touches on a complete structure in mere weeks instead of taking months to construct a comparable building made from traditional materials.
The uses to which a pre-engineered steel building can be put are many, and varied:
The main advantage pre-engineered buildings have over traditional structures is that they are virtually maintenance free. Steel is rust and corrosion resistant, can be easily painted if desired, and stands up well to wind, snow and even fire. If a steel framed building is erected on the proper footing it can remain standing and in good repair for 20-30 years or even longer without maintenance or painting.
Steel frame buildings have another benefit in that they can be ordered in a variety of sizes and dimensions, making it easy to customize to both the space available and the use for which it is intended. Buildings can be designed to accommodate an existing foundation, if desired, or even erected with a minimal footing in some cases.
In instances where flammable items are being stored, steel has a distinct advantage over other materials. A metal framed building can contain flames and prevent them from spreading to adjacent properties, and in many cases remain blackened but otherwise undamaged after a fire.
Pre-engineered buildings are the logical choice when a maintenance free, long lasting, weatherproof structure is required. Many can be purchased in complete kit form, giving buyers the option of constructing their own building instead of paying a construction crew or general contractor. Ventilation, air conditioning/heating and electric wiring can be added later.
Arch style buildings (Quonset huts) can be easily assembled by a team of four in three days or so. Rigid frame steel buildings require more equipment and a higher level of expertise, but are still a manageable project for and experienced group of DIYers. Pole barns are best erected with the help of an experienced professional.
Author: Conrad Mackie