Welcome to our Steel Building Construction FAQ, where we aim to address the common questions and concerns surrounding the process of erecting steel structures. Steel buildings have gained popularity for their durability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness across various industries, from commercial warehouses to residential buildings. Whether you’re considering a steel building for your next project or simply curious about the construction process, this FAQ will provide you with insightful answers and guidance to make informed decisions.

What is a Pre-engineered building?

Pre-engineered red iron buildings gained popularity in the 1950s to construct large commercial facilities that require wide-open storage space. Prefabricated red iron steel buildings can be used for various purposes: storage, retail, equestrian arenas, warehouses, factories, and more. Pre-engineered Red iron steel buildings offer an affordable, flexible, robust, and eco-friendly method for building large, clear-span structures for warehousing, manufacturing, recreation, and more. Long-lasting and durable, red iron steel buildings will save you money during and after construction. Pre-engineered red iron buildings give you all the flexibility you need to meet the needs of your building project.

What is a weld up building?

Welded buildings are another great alternative when looking at building your next shop building, garage, livestock barn, storage building, and much more. Unlike the Pre-engineered metal buildings, the weld up buildings’ rafter span and column spacing has its limitations. Our columns are 4″x4″ 11ga painted steel square tubing and are typically set on 10′ centers. Our metal trusses span from 20′ to 40’ but can customize sizes upon request. Weld up buildings are a great option although they lack engineered plans, load specifications, and technical drawings.

What are my metal building insulation options?

Insulation is an important factor to consider in your steel building. Whether or not you plan to climate control the space, you should consider the effects insulation has on your building. Let us help guide you through two of our most common options.  

VRR+ metal building insulation    

The Polypropylene material has a tri-directional reinforcement inlay that gives the fabric additional strength. Our insulation includes a metalized film laminate on one side which helps act as a radiant barrier for your building. You can choose the thickness from 3″-6″ to give you an R-value of R-11 to R-19. Not only does it insulate your building from heat and cold, but it helps against condensation on the inside of your building due to temperature differences.

High R-value liner system metal building insulation  

Standard blanket metal building insulation works great in many buildings, but there are times when you need more. The banded liner system allows you to increase the thickness of the fiberglass by filling the cavity and adding an additional layer above the cavity allowing you to reach R-38 or even greater.

What is wainscoting on a metal building?

Wainscoting on metal buildings is typically a 3′-4′ panel added along the exterior base of your building. You can have one-sided, two-sided, three-sided, or four-sided wainscot.  You can upgrade your exterior facade to brick, stone, and more as well. Metal building wainscot has four distinct advantages when utilized on steel buildings. It is aesthetically pleasing, adds a protective layer, easily replaceable, and is relatively inexpensive. Contact us today to learn more information and let us assist you in adding wainscot to your next metal building.

What is interior metal liner panel?  

Metal building interior liner panel panels are walls of steel paneling found on the interior of a building. Much like exterior walls, liner panels are 3′ wide pieces that are screwed to the framing. These panels come in both full-height and partial height. Full-height liner panel runs from the floor to the roof. They attach at the top of the eave struts on the sidewalls and attach to the rake rafter on the end walls. Partial-height liner panels attach to the wall girt at around 7′ tall. Buildings with liner panels must have a base girt that offers a point of connection for the bottom of the panel. Metal building interior liner panels provide three distinct advantages when utilized for steel buildings. The first is that they give an upgraded appearance- they offer a more finished look for the interior of a steel building. The second is that panel liner protects interior insulation, as insulation that isn’t reinforced can sometimes tear. Even the strongest reinforced materials can still be damaged by equipment or sharp tools. The third is the protection of exterior walls, which can handle a lot of suffering but are still at the mercy of being punctured or dented by heavy equipment. Using a steel panel liner in your metal building will perform better and cost much less than competing materials.

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