The “What to Look for” series from Lucas Metal Works is an on-going blog discussion of the main factors consumers need to be aware of when looking to purchase a metal building. This series will help educate consumers on the basics of metal buildings and provide industry insight. While using content that is down to earth and easy to understand. If at anytime you have further questions about metal buildings you can contact a Lucas Building Expert via phone, 866-689-8904, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1: What Types of Metal Buildings are on the Market
When looking to get a quote on a metal building for your home, business, or farm there are a few major factors to consider. The term, Metal building, is just a generic commodity term that is used for buildings with metal exteriors or sheeting. While one of the major factors within a metal building purchase is the decision of what style of framing to use for the structure itself. You might consider a storage shed at your local home improvement center a metal building but it is in an entirely different category than the type of metal buildings Lucas Buildings manufactures.
Take off the metal siding panels, metal trim, and metal roofing panels on a building and you will see the structure for its core. For a metal building or portable building at your home improvement center will either have a square tube frame or a wood framing system. In addition these buildings are pre-designed without any input from you and are meant to satisfy your storage needs for home, business, or farm as best as they can. That is why the price on a portable building is much lower per square foot for the small sized buildings than a metal building that is custom designed to meet your all of your specific needs.
Besides the standard run of the mill portable buildings that you will see on the side of the highway or at a local home improvement store. Consumers see metal buildings throughout rural and urban areas. Now, back to removing the exterior of the building allowing consumers to see the building for its core. Below are the main framing systems that are on the market. Please note that these framing systems that are listed below are types of framing for metal buildings that Lucas Buildings or authorized Lucas Builders have dealt with over the past 40 years in the industry.
- Red-Iron Steel Frames– Lucas Buildings Standard Framing System
- Hybrid (Post-Frame with Steel Truss)
- Weld-Up Tube or Round Steel Frames
- Web Steel Truss Systems
The framing system you choose for you metal building project will effect numerous factors such as the cost of the building materials or package, cost to erect the structure, and size of building (length, width, height) that can be designed with the specific framing system. The first framing system that on the metal building market was the wood-frame or post-frame system. This system limits the size of a structure that can be built, width, height, and length. To combat this issue post-frame manufacturers introduced the hybrid building, with steel roofing trusses enabling wider and longer buildings to be erected with post-frames. Can you believe all of these framing systems are behind a metal building?
Now Lucas Buildings manufactures and recommends their standard of steel framing known as red-iron steel for their metal building packages. If there were two words to describe red-iron steel it would be durability and limitless. Durability because of the strength of steel and the density or gauge of steel that is in each column, end wall frames, purlins, girts, and rafters. Versus the durability and strength of Lucas steel versus web steel truss systems, weld-up kits, post-frame buildings, and hybrid post-frame with steel truss buildings. The second word, limitless, with red-iron steel framing packages you are not limited in the width, length, or height of the building because of structural limitations. Not to mention the endless amount of design options from framed openings for walk-doors, garages, and windows to many more design options. The clear-span red-iron framing system with rigid end walls allows consumers to achieve maximum use of their building without interior columns to limit their space. Now when you are talking of a mammoth of a structure such as a distribution center or warehouse there are clear-span framing options with interior columns to support the structure itself adequately.
Red-iron steel framed metal buildings also are easy to erect because there is no fabrication or engineering that needs to be done on the construction site. Hence the industry term for red-iron steel buildings, pre-engineered metal buildings. Set the end wall frames and columns correctly in the concrete and then the system can easily be bolted together. This bolt-up installation method is another reason that makes red-iron steel framed metal buildings more durable and cost efficient. Below are a list of the red-iron steel framing options from Lucas Buildings:
- Clear-Span Frames
- Tapered Frames
- Single Slope Frames
- Modular Frames
- Modular Single Slope Frames
- Modular Tapered Frames
- Lean To Frames
When you are in the market to purchase a metal building for your home, business, or farm you now know what exactly is at the core of a metal building. In addition to knowing the different options on the market. If you have any questions about metal buildings or would like to get a free steel building quote call a Lucas Building Expert, 866-689-8904, or email, email@example.com.
Next segment of the “What to look for” series will focus on the metal part of the metal building, the exterior wall, roofing, and trim systems that are used. From different panel profiles to the different gauge of material. Tell a friend about this blog series on Facebook, Twitter (#MetalBuildingsLucas), or Google +.