Have you ever wondered how metal buildings in South Houston 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 South Houston based on all the factors to consider?
Are all steel buildings the same? To the average consumer, a steel building may appear to be a cookie-cutter product and there's really no difference in quality or design from company to company.
You can't go wrong, as long as the building provides you with enough space and it's made of "steel" it's going to last.
Right? Well let's take a look at some things you may have overlooked.
The primary framing is sort of like the backbone of your steel building.
This is where economy buildings show their true colors down the road.
But we'll get back to that later.
The secondary framing includes things like girts, purlins and eave struts.
These may seem like minor details but they reinforce the backbone of the building.
These commonly overlooked secondary details are an easy place for inferior materials to hide and an easy area for companies to cut costs.
Finally, you may have a quote that says the wall panels are 29 gauge steel.
Sounds stronger than 26 and it's just a wall panel, right? It's actually just the opposite, 26 is stronger than 29and if you happen to lose a wall panel during a storm your “steel building” will turn into a really expensive tumbleweed.
Speaking of storms, will your lower cost economy building’s primary framing holds up if you live in tornado alley, a hurricane zone or even an area with heavy snow? The fact is even an average thunderstorm can cause damage.
Ask these building owners if they're happy their building supplier took a few shortcuts.
Not to mention seismically active regions in recent storms like Hurricane Katrina, Sandy and the tornadoes that have been ripping through the Midwest lately.
Build with peace of mind, because after the contractor is done and gone, your building is protecting your valuables, your business or maybe families and children of your community.
Don't cut corners on the building that could be your legacy.
What To Look For When Buying a Steel Building?
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.