Metal Building Installation — A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re thinking about installing a metal building or want to learn more about the process, this guide is a great place to start. Let’s look at the steps, analyze the challenges, and review some great tips associated with metal building installation.

The 10 Essential Steps to Installing Your New Metal Structure

Prefabricated metal structures offer a range of advantages, including greater strength, durability, and affordability. Erecting a steel building also comes with challenges, however, so it’s important to start out on the right foot. At Maverick Steel Buildings, we design, construct, and deliver engineered metal building components for your steel building project. Construction is up to you, so it’s important to be aware of all the steps involved.

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Large Pre-Engineered Metal Building Interior With Lighting And Steel Beams

Pre-Engineered Steel Building Installation In 10 Steps

Metal building erection is widely recognized as a quick and cost-effective building solution. Installing a pre-engineered structure is not without its challenges. However, successful construction is always based on good planning and careful project management. From early research and consultation to preparing the job site and erecting the structure, the following 10 steps are key:

1. Researching Your Needs

Before you begin, it’s important to take a step back and research your needs. Whether you’re creating a steel garage at home or a metal barn for the farm, you need to research your current and future needs. Important issues to consider include building dimensions, heights and clearances, doors and accessibility, and windows and insulation.

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Large Pre-Engineered Metal Building Interior With Lighting And Steel Beams

2. Choosing A Steel Building Company

Once you have a rough idea of what you need, it’s important to find a steel building company with the capability to meet your demands. When choosing a prefabricated steel building company it is important to cover your bases. You should review their products and services, analyze their prices, look into their history, and read some reviews from past customers.

3. Customizing Your Steel Building Kit

Not all prefabricated steel building companies are the same, with some firms offering much deeper levels of customization and project control. At Maverick Steel Buildings, you consult directly with our in-house engineers and designers to find solutions that work for your location, budget, and timeline. You can customize all aspects of your steel building kit, including the dimensions, roofing, doors, and windows.

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4. Preparing The Job Site

Once your building has been chosen, we will deal with the entire manufacturing process from start to finish. While we’re hard at work on the factory floor, you should start preparing your job site. Depending on your location and its maturity, this may involve removing trees, excavating earth materials, leveling ground, and dealing with electrical and water utility services.

5. Reviewing The Instructions

Before you start the actual construction process, be sure to look at your building drawings and instructions in detail. Building a pre-engineered steel building can be complex, so take your time and assemble the right tools for the job. You should review all pre-cut materials at the outset and refer to the building instructions throughout the process.

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leveling concrete for steel building foundation

6. Laying Down The Concrete Slab

A concrete slab is the foundation of every steel structure, with metal buildings needing solid groundwork for strength and stability. It’s important to compare your slab and measurements to find out where each anchor bolt will go. Measure from the top left of the slab to the bottom right. Then measure from the top right to the bottom left to ensure proper alignment.

7. Erecting The Steel Frame

Before you erect a metal frame, you should check all of your nuts and washers. Rigid frames need perfect alignment, which is only possible with accurate fixings and quality tools. Begin with the I-Beam columns and rafters, which are the heaviest and most essential components of the entire building. Attach your columns from the middle bay outward, and make sure each pillar is level before proceeding.

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Interior View Of Pre-Engineered Metal Building With High Clearance Steel Beams And Custom Windows

8. Adding Girts, Purlins, And Framed Openings

Once all columns in the center frame are standing, you need to install the sidewall girts and rafters. At this stage, you need to install rafter frames, purlins, eave struts, and remaining wall girts to help support the walls and roof. Once this is done, you need to install temporary bracing and prepare framed openings to keep the structure in place.

9. Completing The Roof And Walls

Prefabricated metal structures offer a range of advantages, including greater strength, durability, and affordability. Erecting a steel building also comes with challenges, however, so it’s important to start out on the right foot. At Maverick Steel Buildings, we design, construct, and deliver engineered metal building components for your steel building project. Construction is up to you, so it’s important to be aware of all the steps involved.

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steel barndominium kit

10. Including Options And Extras

At Maverick Steel Buildings, each building order we create comes with options. It’s not just about getting a building erect — you also need to make it functional and ensure that it looks great. Steel building options and extras may include gutters, trim, doors, windows, and vents. While these components are installed last, your building is not complete without them.

Installing Steel Buildings — Challenges And Tips

Installing a prefabricated steel structure is faster and more cost-effective than performing a traditional on-site build. However, every steel building has unique issues when it comes to installation. From site-specific challenges to weather conditions and team management, it’s important to limit unknown variables. Try to fix problems early before they get out of hand. The best way to ensure a successful build is to work with a proven steel structure company.

Pre-Engineered Metal Mini Storage Units With Red Roll Up Doors

There are countless ways to bungle a pre-engineered steel structure build, but the following are worthy of special mention:

  • Not engaging the right steel building company
  • Failing to read the instructions properly
  • Not checking the instructions consistently
  • Starting installation without proper site preparation
  • Not having the right safety equipment or tools
  • Modifying pre-engineered building materials
  • Leaving frames unsupported
  • Installing fasteners incorrectly
  • Following unsafe working practices

With detailed instructions, strict manufacturing practices, and outstanding customer support, Maverick Steel Buildings can make your steel structure installation fast and hassle-free. The following tips will help:

 

  • Think about your future needs before making an order.
  • Create a working budget and timeline.
  • Invest in quality equipment and tools.
  • Prepare your site and your people.
  • Think about clearances, doors, and windows.
  • Work with a proven steel building company.

The Maverick Steel Buildings Advantage – Your Trusted Steel Building Manufacturer

When it comes to prefabricated steel structures, Maverick Steel Buildings leads from the front. We create high-quality steel buildings for residential, commercial, and industrial applications, with all designs made from 100% American-made steel.

We offer fast nationwide shipping across the country and friendly customer support throughout the installation process. To discover more about our products or process, please contact our friendly customer support team today.

Interior View Of Pre-Engineered Metal Building With High Clearance Steel Beams And Custom Windows

Hear From Our Satisfied Customers

We take great pride in a job well done. Many of our satisfied customers have taken the time to write about their experience with Maverick Steel Buildings. Here is what they had to say.

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...All aspects of the project were superb examples of customer service and product quality. I now have a building I will enjoy as a workshop for many years to come. If you need a steel building done right the first time, call Taylor at Maverick Steel Buildings...

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