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September 15, 2022

Use Caution When Modifying Existing Metal Buildings

Architects and engineers reach out to us all the time for some advice on how best to lay out a metal building for cost-effectiveness. In most cases, today’s metal buildings can be customized down to an inch, but some general rules of thumb help make some layouts more economical than others. Note: It will help Read More

August 24, 2022

Cost Effective Metal Building Design

Architects and engineers reach out to us all the time for some advice on how best to lay-out a metal building for cost effectiveness. Today’s metal buildings can be customized down to an inch in most cases, but there are some general rules of thumb that help make some lay-outs more economical than others. Note: Read More

July 14, 2022

Metal Roof Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Roof inspection and preventative maintenance is required for all metal building systems. Preventative maintenance is necessary to not only increase the lifespan of your building, but it is required in order for warranties to remain in effect. That being said, most building owners never step foot on their roof to do an inspection or perform Read More

June 16, 2022

Metal Buildings – Roof Systems

One of the things that separates a metal building system from more conventional methods of construction is the fact that the building structure and the envelope can be provided by a single source. In this article we will review the common roof panel systems utilized in metal building systems. Purlin Bearing Rib Panels Purlin Bearing Read More

May 10, 2022

Metal Buildings – Bracing Systems

Metal buildings require bracing to resist the forces of wind, earthquakes, cranes & other load considerations. Each metal building manufacturer may have slightly different bracing offerings, but they they all essentially fall into three categories which are outline below. Full Height X-Bracing The standard system is full height X-bracing and it is the most economical Read More

April 22, 2022

Metal Buildings – Secondary Framing

The secondary framing of a metal building system carries the loads on the surface of the building to the primary framing system. In this article, we will explore the types of secondary framing systems typical to a metal building. Roof Purlins The roof’s secondary members are identified as “purlins.” Purlins can be cold-formed shapes, bar-joists Read More

March 25, 2022

Metal Buildings – Primary Framing

In our previous article “Metal Buildings 101,” we reviewed the major components of a metal building system. Here we will dive deeper into the primary framing system. The primary framing system is the main frame of the building consisting of the columns and rafters. The columns and rafters transfer the loads directly down to the Read More

March 8, 2022

Metal Buildings 101

I often make the mistake of using metal building terminology assuming people know what I am talking about. While metal buildings are not complicated, without an understanding of the basic components, they can be confusing. Some of the terminology and labeling differs from more conventional construction methods. Below is a list of the major components Read More