Metal buildings are not confined to a single type of consumer in the construction industry. Applications of metal buildings in the commercial sector include corporate offices, sports complexes, strip malls, supermarkets, freight terminals, distribution facilities, car dealerships, and aircraft hangars.
The residential sector is not far behind. The demand for residential applications is steadily rising because homeowners have realized the many benefits that metal buildings provide such as fast and easy erection, reduced construction cost, and exceptional durability – characteristics that are unmatched by traditional modes of construction.
Because they are pre-engineered and pre-fabricated, metal buildings can be designed for any configuration and size. Building components are manufactured at the factories and arrive at the site pre-drilled, pre-punched, and pre-welded.
Metal building systems come with erection drawings and easy-to-read instructions so some owners do the erection by themselves. Others opt to hire professional building erectors who are mostly recommended by the building suppliers.
After choosing your preferred accessories, decide on the type of roofing, interior and exterior walls. While your metal building is being manufactured at the factory, prepare the site. Metal buildings need foundations where columns are anchored. Most of these structures have concrete foundations.
The two previous posts talked about the initial stages of a metal building project, which showed you guidelines on how to arrive at the final design and cost of the structure. Just like any venture, no matter how hard you prepare, some problems may sometimes crop up.
One of these is the issue that your metal building may not be able to withstand additional load. Any future enhancements or extensions for your metal building must be incorporated in the original design for lesser expense and hassle on your part.