Steel buildings are extremely versatile and can be used for a variety of functions, including, but not limited to:
- Office space
- Sports facilities
- Educational Facilities
- Residential Homes
They are fully customizable, quick and easy to erect, sturdy and durable. Metal construction is less expensive and less susceptible to extreme weather conditions than traditional buildings, so you may even be entitled to insurance rebates.
When you are planning to put up a steel building, you will need to do your research and consider several factors before you start the process:
1. By-laws and Permits
Your local building department will want information about your project, including the size of the proposed building, the exact location, and its intended function. They might request design documentation from the manufacturer, such as engineer-stamped, before they will approve the permit.
2. Land Selection
When you choose your building site, you will need to ensure it has proper drainage potential and ground that is level or can be leveled out. Depending on its proposed function, you might need access to utilities, so you’ll want to know what is there and what is available.
When it comes to delivery of your steel construction materials, you’ll need to make sure your property is accessible for a very heavily loaded transport truck. Watch out for excessive mud and overhead wires that might stop the truck from getting in.
3. Building Foundation
Typical foundations include standard poured concrete foundations with frost walls, engineered floating slab foundations and pier foundations.
To select a foundation type, you may need to have professional survey done, and you will be responsible for grading and leveling, excavation and pouring cement. The company will provide drawings for the cement, as part of your package.
4. Planned Use
Thinking about your new building’s function will help you determine the necessary size. You don’t want it to be overpowering in its surroundings, but you want to make sure that it is large enough to meet your current and future needs.
5. Design Model
You can choose from a variety of styles and modify the building dimensions, arches and wall design to best suit your needs. You can select the number of framed openings and windows and specify the dimensions of each one.
6. Budget and Cost
Like any construction project, there will be expenses beyond the building materials themselves, such as land development, permits, foundation, labour and tools. Your building supplier can help you list and budget for expenses you will incur. It’s always wise to add a percentage to your original budget, to pay for unexpected costs.
Whether you choose to work with a contractor, or decide to erect a steel building yourself, will depend on your confidence and the complexity of the building design. Basic models are quite simple to raise.
Materials come in kit form, pre-measured and ready to go, so a group of friends could erect it in a few days. If you’re nervous about the process or your job is more complicated, save yourself the hassle by hiring the pros.
Pests like termites, ants and rodents can’t damage the metal as they do with wood-constructed buildings and steel is fire-, and mold- and weather-resistant. Aside from bi-annual inspection and repair and an annual wash, your steel building requires very little upkeep.
When you consider these factors ahead of time, your steel building should go up without a hitch and you’ll be able to use it to its full potential.