What comes to mind when you hear the words steel buildings? You’re probably thinking about those high rise buildings whose frames are made of steel and you would be partially right. While newer buildings have indeed been using steel as structural frames, there are in fact buildings that are entirely made up of steel. Steel buildings though are often pre-fabricated and made available by a number of companies like General Steel. Unlike in the past though, many steel buildings today are designed in such a way that that the exterior can look like it was made of wood. Here 6 types of such structures that may interest you.
- Rigid Frames
Rigid frames are also known in the business as red iron or I-beam. These are typically for commercial or industrial use. These can also be very ideal for a sporting arena for instance considering that rigid frame types are cost effective. However when putting up one you will need to have it insulated otherwise it may sweat and result to dripping and even interior condensation.
- Open Web Truss
The second type is what you often see in large retail stores. This type started as early as the 1950s and gained popularity owe to its strength. While the amount of steel needed is considerably heavier compared to other types, proper installation will result in a very strong building that can withstand strong winds and even heavy snowing.
- Quonset Hut
Known also as arch buildings due to their curve or round shape, it was initially used by the military years ago but has come to be known as a good shelter for livestock or hay storage. This type is cheaper compared to other steel buildings however it often leads to less usable areas that say, a straight wall building. It is also very difficult to insulate due to its form.
Hybrid buildings use a combination of steel and wood. This gives it more versatility as well as cost efficiency. By using wood as a secondary framing in addition to an open web truss, the issues of condensation are minimized. It is also easier to have an interior finish since it is made of wood. This type is relatively less expensive and easy to effectively insulate.
- Tube Frame
Typically used for carports but can also be used for other types like grain storage. Though it is not as strong as other types, it is cheaper.
- Light Gauge Frame
Used as a light utility storage or a mini storage. This type consists of secondary framing that are screwed with each other to create a truss system or a wall.
There you have it. These are the 6 basic types of steel buildings that you need to consider. As you may noticed the type of building you need largely depends on what you plan to use it for. It is important to add that different types have different warranties. If you want to know more about steel buildings, visit General Steel or go to their website at www.gensteel.com.