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Anatomy of a Steel Building: A Four Part Series

Anatomy of a Steel Building: Roof and Wall Sheeting There are several types of panels that can be used as exterior/interior walls and roof. Almost every kind of panels utilize exposed fasteners, which are used to attach panels to a surface, structure or each other. For the sake of time and to not bore you to death, we will focus on the most commonly used exposed fastener panels, PBR (Purlin Bearing Rib) and R panels, paint and protective coatings and some best practices. If you haven’t caught up with the rest of the blogs in this series, Anatomy of a Steel Building, click here. Note: Standing seam panels are durable and maintenance-free roofing systems which are installed using a clip and interlock design. Their main purpose is to conceal the fasteners and prevent water from leaking into your steel building. PBR and R Panel: PBR and R metal panels are the most commonly used for a wide variety of architectural, agricultural, commercial and industrial prefabricated metal buildings. PBR …

Anatomy of a Steel Building: Accessories Prefab Buildings Can’t Do Without.

Anatomy of a Steel Building: Accessories One of the most appealing aspects of a prefabricated metal building are the host of accessory options to choose from. From bikes to trains to video games, the range and function of accessories for prefabricated metal buildings are almost endless. In this, the third in a four part blog series of the anatomy of a steel building, we will discuss the main accessories most prefabricated metal buildings can’t do without and a few we think you should know. And if you haven’t read part 1 and 2 of this blog series go back to get helpful information and tips to further your understanding of the anatomy of a steel building.
The Must Haves
Walk Door and Optional Accessories: Standard walkdoors are the most common type of accessory. Pre-assembled and constructed from 20-to-16 gaged galvanized steel and include an insulated core. The R-Value should be considered when used in colder climates. Check with your prefabricated steel building manufacturer for detai…

Anatomy of a Steel Building: Standing Seam and Screw Down Roofing Systems.

Anatomy of a Steel Building: Standing Seam and Screw Down Roofing Systems.
Last week, in our 4-part blog series titled, The Anatomy of a Steel Building:Rigid Frames, Purlins & Girts, we discussed the different types of first and secondary support systems in a prefab steel building. We suggest going back and reading that post once you’re done here. This week’s topic of discussion is two standard types of roofing systems, the differences  between them, and the pros and cons for both.
Standing Seam: The standing seam panel is amongst the most versatile, durable and maintenance-free types of roofing system. Standing seam panels are installed using a clip and interlock design which conceals fasteners and prevents water from leaking in. See figure below of a typical detail for a double lock panel. Please note this is just one of many types of standing seam panels. Check with the steel structure company you are working with to see other available options.

Anatomy of a Steel Building: First and Secondary Support Systems.

Anatomy of a Steel Building: First and Secondary Support Systems -Rigid Frames, Purlins & Girts.
Rigid Frame(s) Rigid frames are the main support system of a prefabricated metal building and is the most crucial component of the anatomy of a steel building. Nothing comes close for both lateral and vertical loads, especially for clear span conditions, then a rigid frame. The base of the rigid frame column is attached to a concrete foundation with anchor bolts.
Tip: Check with the steel structure company you are working with for they may not provide anchor bolts. These are usually identified by the project structural engineer.
Let’s look at some of the different types of rigid framing systems and standard frame systems profiles.
Framing Systems:  (Figure 1A) Rigid Frame (RF)Rigid Frame Multi-Spam (RF-1)Tapered Beam (TB)Single Slope (SS)Single Slope Multi-Span (SS)Lean-to (LT) Standard Frame Profiles: Rigid Frame (RF)Tapered Beam (TB)Single Slope (SS)Lean-to (LT) Benefits of using rigid …

Anatomy of a Steel Building: A Four Part Series

The Neck Bone Connected to the Rigid Frame? The terminology for prefabricated metal buildings can be confusing and sometimes difficult to understand. After all, unless you’re in the know, you just don’t know. Fear not, we’re here to help you better understand the Anatomy of a Steel Building.
What to expect: Over the next several weeks, we will post blogs that will help you define, identify and better your understanding of prefab steel buildings.
Here’s what we will cover: First and secondary support systems — Rigid frames, purlins & girtsDescribe the difference between Standing Seam and screw down roofing systemsTypes of accessories at your disposalRoof and wall sheeting
By the end, you should have a general understanding of the who, what, when and where of the anatomy of a steel building. And, at the end of the series there will be a free tool provided to help you remember all the information covered in the coming weeks. Stay tuned…..

What is the Cost of a Metal Building Kit?

The True Cost of a Metal Building Kit
Some customers are surprised to learn that the true price of a metal building kit is more than just the sticker price of the building. It’s not as if you can see what the neighbor spent on their metal building for an ACCURATE picture. So we’ve compiled a list of factors that can impact the price of a metal building.
Building Size: As they say, size matters. And this could not apply more than to a metal building, as the size of a building increase so will the price. Length The longer a building the more primary support members or rigid frames  required. This may also affect how the engineering of the building is done. Height Factors such as the height of a metal building kit increase wind exposure, increasing the need for additional support members, bracing or strapping. This might apply to the pitch of the building as well. Width If the width of a building extends beyond the tolerance thresholds, specialized components such as Jack-beams or a row of …