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Commercial Steel Buildings

Commercial Steel Buildings Commercial steel buildings come in a range of shapes and sizes to be used for a number of applications. Everything from repair shops to aircraft hangars and strip malls are benefiting from the advantages of steel. In the past, steel buildings where reserved for industrial purposes but with advances in technology and the inspired ideas of architects have brought metal structures into the mainstream.


Commercial steel buildings can be divided into three main categories:

Steel framed

Instead of wood, steel is used to form the frame for the structure which could then be finished with any other building material such as brick or stucco. Generally, steel framing is popular for use in offices, houses and churches.


Steel pole buildings

Wooden members, such as posts and trusses, are replaced with steel. Metal sheathing is then used for the walls and roof, although it is not uncommon for wood siding to be used instead. Pole buildings are favored for use in agriculture, often referred to as pole barns.

Steel arch buildings

Commonly used for agricultural and industrial purposes, steel arch buildings are the quickest and easiest to assemble making them the most popular for DIY construction. With no need for framing, columns or posts these structures consist of arched steel panels that form both the side walls and the roof.

The biggest attraction, particularly for expanding businesses, is the speed at which steel buildings can be constructed. All are pre-engineered in a factory and shipped out to the construction site to be assembled with all the components cut, drilled and ready to erect. Another advantage to many commercial steel buildings is that they can easily be extended in length and expanded in number.

As part of the service, most manufacturers send trained staff to deliver and lay the components out. Companies who manufacture prefabricated buildings tend to deal with all aspects from design through to delivery and include all costs in one package. This makes communication between parties much less complicated.

Steel is the strongest building material readily available at a reasonable price. This strength makes it possible to construct buildings with no support columns freeing up a maximum amount of usable floor space. This type of building is known as clear-span and is popular with storage buildings such as warehouses and airplane hangars. Strength also enables commercial steel buildings to withstand severe weather conditions such as high wind speeds and snow loads.

Factors such as quicker construction, accurate price estimates and low structural maintenance contribute towards lowering the overall costs of commercial steel buildings by up to 50 percent when compared with more conventional buildings. This, of course, is the other major attraction.

Building permits will almost always be required for commercial steel buildings to ensure compliance to all public health and safety regulations. Local building departments will have information concerning building codes and requirements for individual projects.