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Future Steel Buildings, Weld Up Versus Bolt Down Designs

Future steel buildings are the way to go for additional storage, a garage, boat shed, and many other out building uses. Once the decision is made to purchase a steel building, then determinations must be made on the type of design we want to use. The biggest debate, other then size, is often if we need to go with a weld up style, or a bolt up metal building.

The argument varies between fans of each style. It has been said that weld up designs get shaky in high winds. However, it is also said that the bolt up styles can eventually vibrate loose as well. One may just occur more quickly than the other. Believe it or not, this argument has been going on for decades, though the craftsmanship on the buildings has changed drastically over the years.

Weld Up steel buildings are often put together on site, with the frames bought locally, and made from stell pipes. Each piece must be accurately measured and cut before it can be welded. After accuracy is assured, it is then welded into place. This process includes any braces or trusses utilized.

When it comes to the Bolt up steel buildings, these are designed by professional engineers. The plans are drafted on an individual basis according to local requirements and building codes. These vary according to location. These pre fab buildings are created by trained welders and fabricators to make sure each and every rafter, purlin, girt and column are punched, marked and cut to specification, then welded. When our building arrives, it includes a ready to assemble framing package, complete with steel bolts of superior strength.

The weld up styles may have a lower initial cost on materials, but the speed with which a bolt up can be assembled is sometimes worth the additional fees. The simple design saves time and energy, and the simple assembly can easily save money in the long term.

Perhaps the most important thing about getting a future steel building is choosing the one that is right for us. It is important to determine if we need our building swiftly, or if we want someone else to do the assembly. We can then decide between bolt styles more easily.

Make Metal An Option For Your Next Building Construction

Steel can be the ideal construction material for a variety of building that are both large and small. It is durable, relatively inexpensive, and easy to work with. It is also well-suited for today’s movement towards green and sustainable construction. Steel receives high ratings when it comes to LEED certification in addition to being widely available from both local and recycled sources. The only real challenge with this material presents itself when it comes to issues related to cooling. Climbing summer temperatures can drastically raise temperatures inside steel building to dangerous levels, potentially damaging the goods housed within or threatening the health of anyone in the building. However, there are a considerable variety of ways to cool steel buildings that are inexpensive and easy to initiate.

Supplementing Your Efforts

The first solution that people usually try is conventional air conditioning units either in the form of a central unit or a window design. This approach can be effective, but due to the fact that these types of buildings trap heat once it is inside, the unit ends up working extremely hard and burning out early. Rather than taking this approach alone, it is a good idea to combine air conditioning units with roofing materials that are designed to cool the internal environment as well. The top choices in roofing for this purpose are asphalt, tile, and concrete. Concrete tiles reflect roughly 30 percent of the sun’s rays, saving nearly 20 percent on cooling costs. Asphalt reflects the least amount of heat, saving around one percent on conventional cooling costs. Tile is the most effective choice, reflecting 35 percent of the light striking it and saving an average of 35 percent on cooling costs.

Put Air on Your Side

Ventilation is also very important when it comes to keeping metal buildings cool on the interior. Vents should always be installed on the West and East sides of the building in order to encourage the movement of air. When possible, it is also ideal to construct the building using an orientation that puts the prevailing winds to your advantage in these terms. East to West is generally the position that provides for these kinds of conditions. There should also be ventilation installed under the eaves of the roofing. The movement of air must be encouraged in all areas of the building, making it necessary to install small fans in the roof of the structure as well.

The Material Advantage

Using a metal roof for your building also has it advantages. In addition to reflecting a considerable amount of heat, it is extremely flexible when it comes to style. Metal also saves money in order to cover cooling costs thanks to its high level of durability. While other materials may be slightly more efficient when it comes to the expense of cooling, they are in need of repair much more often. From every respect, metal proves itself to be a superior method of construction, despite some small drawbacks when it comes to cooling concerns that can easily be remedied.