Have you ever wondered how metal buildings in Richmond are put together or manufactured? The process is both complicated and precise. The manufacture of a metal building is an awesome combination of engineering, draftsmanship, ingenuity, teamwork, know-how and metal building manufacturing expertise. Each building receives the utmost care and attention throughout the manufacturing process, manufactured by experienced craftsmen and watched over by a dedicated staff of professionals from start to finish. Precision engineering, machinery and components plus exceptional quality control yield a precision high quality manufactured product.
Once a customer has purchased a pre-engineered metal building or metal building system, their sales person, who performs multiple functions of building consultant, building designer, technician and estimator, forwards the purchaser’s order to the steel building factory. In the top metal building factories, the factory itself fabricates all required building components in house. That way, all components are compatible and go together easily on the job site with no surprises and no waiting for components to arrive from different suppliers.
At the steel building factory, the order entry department oversees the order from start to finish, from the time the order is received until the steel building is shipped. Steel building factory staff verifies all design codes, snow and wind loads and seismic information to make sure that everything complies with the purchaser’s contract and enters the order into scheduling software to ensure that the buildings manufacture is efficiently managed.
How does one elect the best metal building to use in Richmond based on all the factors to consider?
The last thing that you need when you purchase a metal building is to find that the building is not high enough once it is erected. And if you do not understand the terminology you may have no recourse from the supplier.
If you ask a manufacturer, supplier or contractor for a building that is 16 feet high, what exactly do you mean? Are you looking for a building that has an outside side wall height of 16 feet? Do you need 16 feet of CLEAR height inside the building?
Metal building kits are traditionally sold with heights referring to the outside eave height. In the case above, the 16 feet would refer to the height on the outside from the foundation level to the top of the roof purlins (the framing members that stretch from frame to frame.
This means that the interior clear height will be quite a bit less. In a narrow building, the interior height could be only 14 feet. In a much wider metal building, the interior clear height might only be 11 feet! That's right. You could loose five feet or more in height depending on the width (we're talking perhaps 150 feet wide or more) of your building, the required design loading and the particular type of building.
The roof slope of your building can also have an impact on the clear height of your building. You may require only 14 feet in height at the side walls but need 16 feet five or six feet in from the side wall.
All of these factors should be considered when deciding on the height of your new building.
Now I must tell you that the only places that you would loose that much height is at the frame lines. In between the frames, you would have your eave height less the height of the actual roof purlins (usually eight to twelve inches). So, if you needed 15 feet clear for a specific piece of equipment that would be placed right at the sidewall, a 16-foot eave height would often suffice.
The main thing is to discuss all of your needs clearly with your supplier whether he is a manufacturer, contractor or dealer. You owe it to yourself to ensure that the building that you place an order for will suit your needs.
Ever Wondered How Steel Buildings Are Manufactured?
Here are 3 mistakes anyone looking to purchase a steel building will want to avoid. Whether it's a steel-arch quonset style building or a pre-engineered structural steel building, knowing this information before you make a purchase decision will help you make the right choice.
1. Make sure you buy a building that meets local building codes.
You should thoroughly investigate your city or municipality's requirements for building on your lot, including variances and setbacks before ordering any building. This includes aspects such as snow, rain, wind and seismic loading requirements.
It is very important that the building you buy will meet your local building requirements. Your building should come with professionally engineered plans that you can use to get building permits from your local authority.
2. When price shopping, be sure you're comparing "Apples to Apples"
This is probably the most important step for allowing you to get multiple, accurate quotes from different suppliers. One of the biggest factors in cost for a steel-arch building is the gauge (thickness) of material that is required. This will be determined by the size of your building and where it will be built. If the building will reside in an area that gets a lot of snow, it will need to be built in a much heavier steel to withstand those snow loads, and prevent it from collapsing.
It is also necessary to understand how your building will be connected to the foundation. There are numerous options that vary in cost and ease of assembly. A trough foundation may seem like a simpler, cheaper solution, but in fact it makes assembly of the building much more difficult and time consuming. A base plate connector system often costs more upfront, but saves time and money during assembly. It also allows you the option of easily disassembling your building if you ever had a need to.
Make sure that all the accessories that you need are included in the quote. Accessories such as skylights, vents (to control condensation), overhead or sliding doors, service doors, windows and colour options. Every accessory will affect the price, so make sure you're comparing "Apples to Apples" when shopping for your building.
3. Don't forget to compare lifetime cost savings of a steel vs. a wood building.
More accurately designed metal and steel templates are generated and manufactured using computer technology. Measurements, fittings and all components are designed and tooled with laser precision. This allows contractors to make highly accurate estimates and virtually eliminates the cost of buying excessive materials and other unexpected expenses in the building process.
Steel-Arch Buildings are also faster to assemble. They arrive at the construction site in ready-to-assemble pieces and building can be done with as few as 4 people and some basic tools and machines to lift the framework. With all the necessary parts delivered to you, they are relatively simple to assemble and provide enormous savings on labor costs.
It may even be possible to save on insuring your steel structure because the risk from fire is greatly reduced. In many instances, insurance companies offer discounts of around 40%.
By design, pre-engineered steel structures are expandable and very flexible. If you start to outgrow your space, simply add another section. If you or your business moves to another location, simply disassemble the building and move it with you.
Finally, they require less maintenance than conventional wood structures. There is no need to paint or seal a steel building, like you would for a traditional wood building.