Steel Building Construction

By Ken Thomson

Facility Builders & Erectors

Steel building construction is a smart way to save money on new buildings. In addition to reducing material and labor costs, steel structures can further benefit the owner by making use of renewable energy sources such as solar panels.

Less manpower and equipment is required with steel building construction due to the fact that structures are pre engineered at a factory.

Once the building is prefabricated, it is packaged and shipped to the construction site. From there, metal building erectors using skills and tools unique for erecting the frames, wall panels, insulation and installing doors, windows, and trims.

People are often under the impression that metal buildings are only used in manufacturing, aviation, and agricultural settings. In actuality, these structures can be used for everything from office buildings to retail stores and churches to residential homes.

There are countless design options that allow metal buildings to look nearly identical to wood-frame structures. Wall panels can be painted in an assortment of colors or covered in brick, stone, or stucco facades. Metal panels are also enjoying a newfound respect.

Designers can integrate architectural features to further enhance the building's appearance. Popular options include entrance canopies, porches, and decks, along with custom designed doors and windows.

Another fallacy is steel buildings are difficult to heat and cool. The reality is properly designed steel structures deflect sunlight and help keep buildings cool during summer months. New buildings can make use of renewable energy sources such as solar panels. Steel buildings make an ideal platform to mount solar panels, which can substantially reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills.

Along with saving money throughout the construction phase, steel buildings require substantially less maintenance than other structures. Wall panels are oftentimes coated with rustproof and corrosion-resistant paints and can easily be washed clean with a power washer, they are also under warranty for up to 30 years on finishes.

Furthermore, metal buildings are highly durable and capable of enduring a myriad of weather conditions. This is one reason steel structures are so popular in areas prone to extreme cold or heat, substantial rain or snowfall, or sand storms. The metal building will expand or contract depending on the weather.

Steel building construction can be a speedy process as long as project owners work with experienced contractors. Once design are drafted and approved, the construction process depends on the production demands of building manufacturers efficient process.

The best approach is to work with a reputable design builder that offers several construction services such as construction management and general contractor. Doing so will expedite the process since the same company oversees the project from beginning to end.

The team of Facility Builders and Erectors is qualified to handle all your steel building construction needs. Whether you are in need of a conceptual study and analysis or a complete turnkey project, our skilled professionals have solutions. Click here to read more about the benefits of steel buildings or to get in touch with FBE.

Published on June 22, 2013 | Comments: 0

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