Discover how to build a steel building in record time so your business will continue to thrive and grow. It’s easier than you think, and with Peak Steel Buildings as your partner, we will do the job quickly and correctly. We make sure every bit of your investment is put to its best use by expediting drawings, helping connect you with qualified builders when needed and providing you with everything you need to have your building constructed as soon as possible.
Designing Your New Steel Building
In traditional construction, the design stage is generally the shortest. The opposite is true when you’re putting up a new steel building. Once you see the number of design features available you’ll understand why. You will decide on roof, paint, doors, specialty design elements and more before you finalize your order. We make it exceptionally easy by providing design tools online, so make sure you put them to use.
Of course, you’ll also need to provide information on the building site. After your initial order is made, Peak Steel Buildings will provide you with architectural drawings you can check to ensure meet your order specifications and local building codes. The drawings arrive 2 – 3 weeks after you place your order.
Specifically, we’ll provide you with:
- Stamped anchor bolt drawings
- Permit drawings
- Foundational drawings (for a small fee)
These drawings will also assist you in getting building permits for your project, and they’ll be essential in obtaining construction financing, if needed. Finally, you’ll pass them along to your concrete and your building contractors to make sure the building process avoids any hang-ups.
Fabrication and Site Preparation
Pre-fabricated steel buildings provide business owners with big savings. In fact, initial costs can be half of what you will be spending on traditional builds. These savings are possible because of the fabrication process performed by the steel building manufacturer. As materials are created, any extra bits and pieces removed are recycled back into metal sheets, allowing you to conserve money as you cut down significantly on waste.
Once you approve the final specs, fabrication begins. All the components to your steel building are made according to these specs, and the process takes place in an amazingly short amount of time. Smaller buildings, like cold-storage units, are complete in 2 weeks or less, while other structures will be ready for delivery in just 4 – 6 weeks.
While your building is being fabricated, you should secure a concrete contractor to lay down your foundation. Make sure to use a provider with experience who will prepare the foundation properly. This step has a big impact on the performance and longevity of your steel building. Without the correct preparation, you won’t get the full benefits of metal construction.
Delivering Your Metal Building
Peak Steel Buildings can ship your prefabricated structure to you, or you can pick-up your order. You’ll need a truck capable of carrying upward of 5000 lbs. to handle the job. We deliver the base structure of your building – including roof, walls and supports – using one truck. All additional materials, such as doors and design embellishments, will arrive in a second shipment. We pack your materials using fork-lift friendly methods to make unloading as quick and easy as possible.
If you’re using a Peak Steel-approved builder, the company will handle all unloading tasks. If you’re building the structure yourself or heading up a private team, these responsibilities fall on your own shoulders. Likewise, if your foundation is not in place, you’ll be handling unloading on your own, so make certain you secure a reliable concrete contractor early in the fabrication process.
Erecting Your Steel Building
It isn’t rare for a steel building to go up in just a few days’ time. The longest wait is obtaining the permits needed for all the work. You’ll likely need fewer workers for the job than you’d need for stick construction as well. Make sure you find a contractor who has worked on steel buildings in the past, especially those with experience in red-iron steel. These pieces are relatively simple to piece together and secure, but having a professional on board makes everything go faster and easier.
Erecting your structure will be easy regardless of weather. Once your initial beams are in place, it’s easy to put up secondary components and then walls, the roof and any accessories you’ve ordered. Then all you have left are the finishing touches.
Peak Steel Buildings makes the steel building construction process simple and easy. We are the experts in knowing how to build a steel building. Check out basic design elements online today, and ask yourself, “Which color would you pick when planning how to build a steel building?” View our Color Options page to see your choices.