Metal buildings boast of faster occupancy and low maintenance. More or less, they can be constructed two-thirds the time it takes to complete conventional structures. This is a result of using building components, especially the metal walls and roof, which have been pre-panted at the factory.
Pre-finished metal walls for metal buildings are long lasting and require minimum maintenance and repair.
To further prolong the life of metal panels and prevent damage, there are certain things you need to remember.
During construction of metal buildings, owners must ensure that the wall panels are NOT in contact with sources of moisture, which would accelerate corrosion. For example, ground level should be at least 150 mm below the panels. Vegetation is another source of moisture. You may want to have plants and shrubs to surround your metal building but never let them touch the metal panels to prevent scratches and corrosion.
For those who want to assemble their own metal buildings, never use lead pencils to make markings on metal panels. Lead pencils or those made with graphite help accelerate corrosion of the metal. Use masking tape instead. Besides, masking tape is easier to see than pencil markings.
Do not place any equipment or open water storage tanks near or adjacent to metal panels. They can cause moisture build-up on or near the panels. It is also wise to avoid the following conditions:
· Water run-off from air conditioning units
· Steam outlets
· Acid storage
· Copper pipes fastened to steel panels
Yesterday’s post talked about cleaning the outside walls of metal buildings. What should you do for minor damages?
Minor damage to metal sheets should be repaired immediately to prevent it from worsening. First, lightly abrade the affected area. If the base metal is already exposed, apply one coat of zinc chromate primer. Then touch up with one coat of matching paint.
Archive for April, 2012
Let’s face it. Educational systems are often faced with budget constraints, especially with regards to new construction. However, when there is already an acute need for more space and there is no other way but to build a new structure, there is an alternative to traditional construction that is not only cost-effective nut also long-lasting.
Over the years, prefabricated steel buildings have evolved from unsightly metal boxes used as warehouses or factories to today’s metal structures that are things of beauty, with some even considered as works of art.
Truly, there are still metal warehouses and factories. But applications of modern prefabricated steel buildings are now found in all sectors of the economy including industrial complexes, commercial centers, office spaces, supermarkets, strip malls, retail stores, airport hangars, churches, temples, residences and many more.
Prefabricated steel buildings may seem costly upon purchase. But in the long run and starting from their construction, owners will already enjoy the savings that they offer.
That is why school buildings made of steel is a viable idea.
The cost-effectiveness of prefabricated steel buildings starts from their time they are constructed. The whole structure is computer-engineered and all the components are manufactured in the factory based on their exact specifications. This is the reason why the construction of prefabricated steel buildings is simple, fast and efficient. The only thing that needs to be done is to connect the elements with the stainless steel fasteners and the building is done, resulting in savings of up to 50% off the cost of traditional construction.
After construction, expect more savings with prefabricated steel buildings. Simply because they are made of high-quality American steel, steel school buildings need only minimal maintenance and repair. Steel is very easy to clean, not to mention the fact that the steel building finishes used in the industry today are extremely resistant to dulling, marring or rust.
For additional savings, steel school buildings can be made more energy-efficient through the installation of accessories such as insulation and skylights. Modern insulation systems for prefabricated steel buildings help maintain the comfort levels of building interiors, resulting in lesser need for HVAC systems. This means that electricity costs are reduced. Likewise, the use of skylights allows daylight to enter the building interiors, lessening the need for electric lighting.
And if you need your steel school building to have a particular look, it would not be a be a big deal. Today’s prefabricated steel buildings are highly customizable. They can be incorporated with popular architectural finishes such as bricks, masonry, stone, siding and stucco to make them blend well with the surrounding buildings.
Regardless of the design complexity or intended purpose of your next school building, school officials should strongly consider prefabricated steel buildings for their next construction project.
A lot of farmers and ranchers are leaning on prefabricated steel buildings for their farm structures, rather than traditional modes of construction. Barn structures that house produce, livestock, farming equipment and supplies, are the typical applications of these metal buildings.
Prefabricated steel buildings come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can also be custom-built to suit every consumer’s needs and preferences. In fact, there are more choices for customization of prefabricated steel buildings than those of their counterparts.
The use of steel ensures that metal buildings are durable and long-lasting. The tensile strength of steel plus the computerized engineering techniques used in their design allow prefabricated steel buildings to withstand extreme weather conditions better than wood-based structures.
Prefabricated steel buildings have a lot more to offer than wooden structures. First of all, they are quick and easy to construct. Their standard designs have been tried and tested over and over again to ensure their structural soundness. Since they are prefabricated, construction is fast and efficient.
Short construction time means you save a lot on costs. And if you purchase the steel barn direct from the supplier, you eliminate dealing with expensive middlemen. Your supplier will fabricate, deliver and construct the building for you. However, you have the option to build the barn yourself, which is not very difficult since all that is needed is to assemble the elements together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Steel is also resistant to rot and termite infestation unlike wood. It is also coated with anti-corrosion material to make it resistant to rust. That is why prefabricated steel buildings require minimal maintenance, making them the most economical choice for barn structures.
Suppliers of prefabricated steel buildings are so confident in the quality of their products that they offer at least 25 years of structural warranties for their buildings. You cannot get this guarantee with wood-based structures.
Factors to Consider
To ensure that your steel barn would meet your requirements and expectations, there are some factors you need to consider before you make your investment.
Set aside money for the building permit and other taxes (after construction). It is your responsibility that the steel barn adheres to your city or county’s building codes. Visit your local building department and secure a building permit. This exercise will enable you know the limitations on the use of your steel barn.
Another decision you have to make is the type of flooring for your steel barn. Depending on your needs, you may choose from dirt and gravel, wood or concrete. Proper ventilation is also an important issue that you need to address, especially if you have horses and other livestock.
Although, prefabricated steel buildings do not need much maintenance, if they are used as barn, they need a little more upkeep. After all, you need to take care of the health of your animals and yours, as well. You need to invest in cleaning materials and equipment that would help you get rid of dirt, dust and manure, which needs to be regularly collected.
Reduce, reuse and recycle – these are the 3 R’s of the green movement. The answer of the construction industry to the call for sustainability is to focus on designing buildings that are environment-friendly and energy efficient.
Consumers have turned their attention to metal buildings, structures that are energy-efficient and make use of recycled steel. Another come-on is the prospect of earning LEED points. However, choosing to renovate existing buildings with metal panels instead of resorting to demolishing them and building a new one, is another green possibility.
Metal buildings are considered eco-friendly type of construction. Aside from using recycled steel, one other eco-friendly feature of metal buildings is their prefabricated nature. Material waste is kept to a minimum at the site since all the components have been prefabricated at the factories. Any waste generated will again go to the recycling plant to be made into new steel.
Metal buildings are durable enough to last a long time, which means there is less energy needed for new construction. Metal buildings can also be equipped with sustainable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. Plus, the insulation used in metal buildings to enable the owners to save on electricity costs since there is lesser needed for use of HVAC equipment.
As far as earning LEED points is concerned, metal buildings can do just that in the following categories: Recycled Content, Heat Island Effect, Use of Regional Materials and Reuse.
However, during these times when the economy is not doing very well, the number of new construction also declines. The good news is, there is another route to take as far as going green is concerned. This alternative approach is also 100% green – reduction in wastes, reuse of existing resources and using recycled materials.
When there is a need for a makeover, a change in appearance or for more space, old buildings that are still in good condition, can just be retrofitted with metal panels to change or improve the look.
Obviously, this approach has a faster turn around. However, the biggest benefit of renovating old buildings is the preservation of resources. Energy is conserved because there is no need to create new materials. Plus, reuse and renovation saves a lot of money, too.
Today, architects have found in steel, a material that is highly durable and yet malleable to create structures with daring and intricate designs that are considered works of art. Steel buildings are capable of wide, open column-free interiors that provide greater freedom of floor layouts.
Modern steel buildings are engineered and designed using the latest computer software. Building components are then fabricated using the exact specifications provided by the computerized designs. And new technologies have allowed popular architectural finishes to be incorporated to steel building giving way to new designs with stylish exteriors and modern interiors.
One example application is a steel house with glass curtain walls, creating a structure that opens up to its surroundings, which is either a landscaped garden or natural scenery. The steel provides the necessary modern look. Such steel buildings have even graced the covers of magazines and architectural magazines because of their avant-garde designs that are considered works of art.
Aside from flexibility, the fact that steel buildings are environment-friendly has drawn many architects to embrace the use of steel in their designs. Some stunning designs of steel buildings are those that make use of natural lighting by having wide-open spaces and glass walls to let more natural light come in and reducing electricity costs
Another energy-saving design feature for steel buildings is the use of sustainable energy sources such as solar panels to harness the power of the sun. In the first place, steel buildings are naturally appealing to environment-conscious architects because they are made from recycled steel.
Steel is capable of being shaped, bent or drawn out creating shapes that are not possible with wood or concrete. This gives architects more artistic freedom to create designs of steel buildings that range from traditional to the more playful and unpredictable.
With their unique construction methods, flexibility and their being environment-friendly, steel buildings are the current trendsetters in the construction industry.
Agriculture remains to be a major industry in the country. In fact, the US is the top producer of corn and soybeans in the world. Cattle meat and cow’s milk are two other major agricultural products.
If you want to start a farming or ranching business, you will definitely require a lot of structures to ensure the success of your venture. Ranch and farm buildings include barns, stables, machine and equipment storage, commodity storage, small hobby structures and sheds, rice dryers, cold storage structures, nut hullers, packing houses – to name a few.
You don’t have to look any further. American steel buildings can answer all your construction needs. American steel buildings combine steel’s tensile strength with computerized engineering and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities to come up with structures that are strong, durable, flexible and functional.
Strength and durability are the major come-ons of American steel buildings. Every component of the building framework, from the primary to the ancillary elements, wall sections and roof systems, are pre-engineered using the latest computerized design technology. All sections fit exactly and perfectly, resulting in a building that is airtight and structurally sound and sturdy. The pre-engineering process also ensures that American steel buildings all national and local building codes.
The pre-engineering and prefabrication processes enable American steel buildings to have smooth and cost-efficient construction. Since all that is needed is to bolt the building components together, construction operations are fast and labor and materials costs are kept to a minimum.
Most farm buildings such as storage structures for machinery, equipment, livestock and farm commodities, should be spacious and high-ceilinged. American steel buildings are capable of clear-span construction with no need for load-bearing columns to obstruct movement. You get 100% usable interior space of up to 300 feet.
Although farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers are usually outside doing physical work or operating machinery, they also need some kind of office to do their paper-work and other administrative tasks. American steel buildings may be incorporated with mezzanine floors or non-load bearing walls. And these walls can be dismantled when you need to alter the floor layout.
Modern American steel buildings are highly flexible and highly customizable, expanding their reach outside of the industrial and agricultural sectors. That’s why now you can see churches, temples, schools, offices, department stores, supermarkets and even residences, all made of steel.
The flexibility of American steel buildings don’t end there. If your budget permits, you may want to incorporate accessories and popular finishing materials to your structures. Insulation, skylights, cupolas, roof extensions, ridge vents, trims, gutters are all part of the long list of accessories you can choose from.
If you want durability, reliability, enduring performance and cost-effectiveness, choose American steel buildings for building your farming and ranching structures.
If you want to increase the performance and also boost the curb appeal of your metal building, add extensions to the side and end walls. Canopies and purlin extensions are two types of roof overhangs that are usually installed in residential and commercial metal buildings. Make sure that you have no plans on expanding your metal building when you add overhangs because it will cost you a lot of precious dollars.
The pre-engineered and prefabricated metal buildings of today are miles apart from those of yesteryears, when you talk about appearances. After incorporating exterior and interior finishes, metal buildings cannot be distinguished from wood-based structures.
Newer design options and compatibility with popular architectural finishes, have paved the way for metal buildings used as commercial spaces, churches, temples, offices and many more configurations. Beautiful exteriors, which were only seen in structures built the traditional way, combined with the durability of metal buildings have contributed to their growing popularity.
A metal building’s roof does more than provide protection from the elements. When designing metal buildings, the choice of roof should be given the attention it deserves especially if you want to project a certain image or reputation. For example, the roof should complement with the building’s architecture.
To further enhance the appeal of metal buildings, extending the roof, whether at the end walls or sidewalls, or both, is a popular option. Canopies for the sidewalls and purlin extensions for the end walls, provide a welcome deviation to the less appealing “box-type” look of metal buildings of the olden days. In effect, roof extensions make metal buildings blend well with the neighboring structures, especially for homes and commercial establishments.
In addition, roof extensions provide shade from the rays of the sun and shelter from snow and rain. In a metal building used as an office or commercial space, you would not want to lose your clients because your building is not a nice place to visit.
Furthermore, runoff caused by rain, melting ice and snow, can be controlled by roof extensions. In turn, they help protect the walls, windows and doorways from the rain and snow.
Canopies and purlin extensions are applicable for any roof pitch. They greatly improve the appearance and performance of metal buildings at affordable prices.