Purchasing and designing your steel building

Purchasing And Designing Your Steel Building

Purchasing and Designing Your Steel Building The cost of a steel building may vary depending on whether you are dealing with a steel building supplier directly or with a steel building dealer. Be certain that you understand exactly what the design, materials and construction requirements are before you order a steel building. Carefully review the order copy and read the contract so that you know exactly what the supplier or dealer will deliver.

The components included in a steel building vary from company to company. At a minimum, a basic building package should include:

  • Interior framing
  • End walls?
  • Side walls
  • Columns
  • Flange bracing
  • Purlins
  • Girts
  • Eave members
  • End wall columns
  • Rafters
  • Horizontal load bracing
  • Base angles
  • Roof, including roof framing
  • Interior wall panels
  • Exterior roof covering
  • Exterior wall covering
  • All nuts, bolts and washers
  • Trim
  • Fasteners
  • Sealers
  • Closers
  • Additional components such as doors and windows are not a part of most basic building packages and normally are purchased separately.

    You may want to hire a professional designer, such as an architect, to help with the project. This person will specify the design requirements for your building and communicate these particulars to either the building dealer or the supplier. At a minimum, the design requirements should include the wind and snow loads, seismic requirements, and exposures for the job site location.

    If you choose not to hire a designer for your building, then you will be responsible for satisfying the design requirements by yourself. Since these requirements can be very complex, it is highly recommended that you retain a professional to help ensure that all design criteria are properly considered.

    However, if a steel building dealer is a part of the ordering process, then that dealer is responsible for insuring that all specifications, design loads, and other particulars are incorporated into the steel building order and that these are addressed with the supplier.

    The supplier is responsible for fulfilling the specifications, design loads, and other requirements, including local codes, specified by the dealer or designer in the steel building order. The supplier is also responsible for the structural design of the steel building to the customer as specified by the dealer or designer. The steel building supplier is also responsible to the dealer and customer for compliance any other particulars itemized in the building order.

    Make sure that the steel building package you order is suited to your needs before you purchase, and, unless you are very experienced with steel building construction, hire steel building professionals to guarantee that the building you get is the one you truly want.

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