Have you ever wondered how metal buildings in Needville 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 Needville 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.
What Is Recipe For Success With Steel Building Kits?
More and more purchasers today are opting for prefab metal building kits. And why not? With all of the advantages that these building kits offer, it would almost seem to be a mistake to choose any other construction method.
But how can one decide which type of kit is best suited to your needs? Is a pre-engineered metal building the right option? Would a panelized metal stud building kit be a better choice? What about a metal arch kit? Or a fabric covered metal frame kit?
It is up to you the purchaser to complete your 'due diligence' to ensure that you understand the differences, the benefits and the drawbacks to each building type in order to make the best choice for your building needs. For that, you need to do some research to see what each of the products is like.
Pre-engineered steel buildings can have large open areas, but can be more difficult to finish the interior. Panelized metal stud building kits when erected resemble a steel version of a conventional wood stud building which can have as many as six or seven stories in height (great for office buildings and condos). Metal arch buildings have a user-friendly erection process but it's more difficult and costly to have window and door opening on the building sides.
All metal building kits have the advantage to the purchaser of being prefabricated in whole or in part in a factory environment. This, of course, means that a higher level of quality control can be achieved. It’s this fact alone that should put purchasers at ease. It also means that the purchaser must have all accessories and special loadings accounted for 'up-front'. Once these prefab building kits leave the plant, it may be difficult to make changes that affect the structure.
If you are having your building kit erected by a contractor, it is important that you feel comfortable in dealing with that contractor. You may find that you feel uneasy in dealing with the contractor with a very good reputation. This combination will only spell more stress for you during the erection process and may have you second guessing what has been done.
If I have one parting thought for you it's this: Do your homework. Understand what is available to you in each building kit. Understand what requirements you have for your new metal building. Evaluate carefully the benefits and shortcomings of your options. Only then can you make a stress free, informed decision.