Steel buildings are the choice for spatial solution in many sectors. Steel framed buildings combine the flexibility of the material with the ingenuity of modern design and production methods to produce innumerable solutions. Almost any activity can be accommodated under the shelter of the frames from steel workshops to steel garages for aircraft. Steel buildings are also a cost effective solution as the components are generally standard.
Your basic steel frame building consists of a portal frame covered by steel cladding. These are supported on either a concrete base or piers. It is this simplicity that makes steel so attractive. Portal frames can be designed to span very large lengths. Lattice frames, a bit more complex than your standard braced frame, can span even longer, in fact, long enough to adequately cover the length of an aeroplane. The fact that computer aided design is used for every aspect of the design of steel buildings ensures that there is a high degree of accuracy with minimal additional tolerance required. This process of design also means that the frames will adhere to the BS regulations on stability and wind loading. The other advantage of computer aided design is that once a certain popular size is designed it can be standardised for commercial use which lowers the price to the consumer.
The steel cladding used in steel framed buildings is cold formed or rolled and can be cut to any length required. If you are having a purpose made steel frame building then this can even be carried out onsite with specially adapted machinery. If your structure is a standard size then your sheets are produced in the factory and shipped as part of the bundle. These sheets come in standard profiles that are fixed with proprietary fixings to the frame beneath. This is another great advantage as you can rest assured that your steel framed buildings will be water tight as each component is well suited to its function. If you require insulation then you can get a different type of panel made of the steel profiles with insulation sandwiched in between. The profiles are all hot dip galvanised so that they are resistant to corrosion and come with a 20 year guarantee. The sheeting is painted in such a way that the coating actually bonds with the substrate so that it is very hard wearing and resistant to scratching. There is even an internal fabric condensation prevention system if keeping the drips out of your shed is important.
This modular system in steel buildings means that there are many additional components that can be included into the design in such a way that suits each person’s particular requirements. For instance, if you have high vehicles in the agricultural or construction sector that need to be secured over night in steel garages then you can get lockable industrial roller doors at the specific height required and in almost any position along the faced that suites. There are also high security access doors available so that a person entering the steel workshops does not have to use the roller door each time. Additional components include operable or fixed panel windows, ventilation grills, lighting and wind operated roof extraction systems.
An attractive feature of a steel frame building is the cost effectiveness. Additional space comes at a premium and in some cases may need to be temporary. The cost of a steel frame building is reduced because of the standardisation of the design, the regularity of the components and fixings and the speed of construction. Many people are looking for additional storage for a car, a boat or even just the kids play things. Steel garages are quick to install and do not require site management that a typical masonry construction would. Steel workshops are as easy to construct and can be insulated against the cold and heat. Also worth considering is the security that is offered by steel buildings. The thick cladding is not easily punctured and the steel access doors have 10 point security locking systems. There are also few weak points in a steel building due to the homogeneity of the material so a would-be burglar would be hard pressed to find a way in.
There are users that wish to combine steel workshops with steel garages. Additional features that can be included in the design of steel framed buildings are internal partitions. These can be used to separate an office space from the workshop or can be used to create an ablution facility. These partitions can be fire rated to meet building regulations or can be reinforced with plywood so that tools and shelves can be hung off them. In fact, the steel construction of the building allows additional secondary frames to be easily incorporated and fixed into the structure which gives the user a multitude of space organisation solutions. These secondary frames can also be used to create shelves and more robust frames can be used to store everything from bales of hay to car engines.
There is almost no end to the uses that steel framed buildings can be put to. They cover the range of environments from the marine to the agricultural and a range of sectors from the small scale steel garages to the extremely large steel workshops of diesel mechanics. The incredible flexibility of space underneath the portal frame means that you can divide your shelter into a multifunction space where you have your store room, workshop and garage under one roof. You can even put it multiple levels to achieve the full use of the space with minimal additional structure required. The ease of construction and cost effectiveness make steel buildings ideal as a temporary structure especially as a site office or for a road project. The high quality of the finish means that you have a product that will last and ultimately, if you choose a steel frame building, you are choosing a material that is recyclable and therefore good for the environment.