Erecting a Steel Building

Steel Building Frames

Here are preliminary steps that should be done before buying and erecting a steel building:

  • Stake out on the property where the building will reside.  This will better enable you to know the right size building as well as inform you where the best locations will be for doors and window placements.  
  • Verify local building codes.  No matter the size project, most building departments will have some code standards that must be met. Neglecting this step can result in a great deal of unneeded future expenses.

Step #1 -FOUNDATION

When starting the process of erection, it is important that you check the accuracy of anchor bolts size and locations.  Again, since  most building suppliers send out anchor bolt setting (plans) within a few weeks of building order, there should be ample time for you to get your foundation prepared before the building arrives. 

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NOTE: Anchor Bolts are not included with building purchase.

The foundation is unquestionably the most important part of the erecting process. Unless you have direct experience pouring a foundation for a steel building, it would be wise to utilize an experienced certified foundation contractor. Likewise, you should consider this principle with erection too.

Now, if you feel you have ample general construction experience and your steel building kit is not large, take a stab at erecting your steel building.  Many people have saved themselves considerable steel building costs doing their project with a few friends or family members; however, if your building is complex or there are strict code regulations in your area, it is best to hire a certified erector.

Step #2 – Lay Out Delivered Materials

Most building manufacturers send out Anchor bolt plans (settings) within three weeks of purchase, which will have erection sequence, proper storage and safety information.  A complete erection manual is normally sent when building materials arrive.  Please refer to these documents for a more detailed instructions before erecting a steel building.

Lay out your building materials properly around the foundation.  Place the columns and rafters at whatever end you intend to start.  You will move them with your crane to their permanent locations.  Put sheeting bundles on wood blocks around the foundation as close as possible to where they will be installed. Then layout trims, sheeting panels and insulation in a location out of the way.  These items will be the last items installed.


Step #3 – MAIN FRAMES PURLINS AND GIRTS

You will stand your main frame and rafters into place first. These members should be pre-cut, punched and welded. Because they are your heaviest items, you will utilize your crane for their movement and placement.  They will bolt together and be fastened to your foundation. Then you will install your secondary members (purlins and girts).

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Step #4 – INSTALL FRAMED OPENINGS

When you are installing girts, you will also install factory located framed openings and accessory framed openings which the girts attach to.


Step #5 – Roof & Wall Sheeting

You are half way done. You will now focus your attention to installing wall and roof sheeting.  Start with the walls and screw the sheeting into the frames with the fasteners supplied. Then do the same process with the roof sheeting. The screws should be snug.  All the certified steel building suppliers supply weather stripping to be applied between the panels. You will also install insulation at this time if it was ordered.

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Step #6 – Installing Accessories

You will now install trim which not only beautifies your building, it also protects your building by sealing it.  You will also install any accessories such as windows, walk doors, louvers etc.

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Key Features Included

  • 40 Yr. Warranty on Colored Walls and Trim
  • Solid I-Beam Construction
  • Clear span design (no interior columns)
  • Lifetime Structural Warranty
  • Complete Trim Package for walls, roof and doors  (base angles and base closures in lieu of base trim)
  • Framed Openings Fully Flashed
  • 40 Yr. Warranty on Colored Roof or
    25 Yr. Warranty Galvalume  Plus Roof Finish
  • 26  or 24 sheeting -80,000 p.s.i. tensile strength
  • 1 1/4″ sheeting profile
  • Sheeting is Purlin bearing rib (PBR panels – larger overlap than R panels- All panels incorporate the purlin bearing profile)
  • Long life roof fasteners | All bolts, screws, closures, weather stripping, sealants, fasteners as required to erect structure (anchor bolts by others).
  • The pre-punched connecting clips for the structural members, including endwall columns, are welded in place and then primed during fabrication
  • All structural elements for the specified framed openings (jamb, girts and headers) are pre-cut and pre-punched and the necessary clips are welded on during fabrication
  • Anchor bolts and erection services by other. Manufacturer is an AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) certified plant as well as an MBMA (Metal Building Manufacturer Association) member.
 

FACTORY STEEL OVERSTOCK’S SPECIFICATIONS

Free (Initial) Certified Building Plans for ALL 50 states.

  • Letter of Certification
  • 2 sets of certified stamped erection plans
  • 2 sets of certified stamped anchor bolt plans

PRIMARY FRAMING

(Mainframes)

SOLID I-BEAM CONSTRUCTION

Material used is minimum 50,000 p.s.i. yield strength. (Some manufacturers use 35,000 p.s.i. yield strength material, which is not as strong). Frames are single bead, continuous submerged arc welded by automatic welding machines to help insure quality. A factory-applied rust inhibiting primer is used to help protect the mainframes and secondary material during the erection process.

ENDWALL FRAMES AND COLUMNS

are either cold formed, hot-rolled or built-up “I” sections depending on design requirements.

SECONDARY FRAMING

GIRTS (in sidewall) and PURLINS (in roof) are minimum 8” to meet design requirements. Cold rolled Z-section, 12 to 16 ga ASTM A-653, 55,000 p.s.i. yield material is used to provide maximum strength.

Bypass girt system overlaps at sidewall columns forming a continuous “span” for extra strength. All girt clips are factory welded for easier erection.

PURLINS are top-mounted on the rafter with a varied lap of 1’6” to 5’ for strength and cost savings in erection labor. Maximum purlin spacing is 5’ on center.

EAVE STRUT is a cold-formed C-section that is rolled for the appropriate roof pitch to help insure weather tightness at the eave.

RAKE ANGLE is a 2×4 angle supplied for the attachment of the sheeting at the rake of the building for ease of installation.

BASE ANGLE is a 2×4 angle supplied for the attachment of the base of the sheeting to the concrete. The base angle is to be attached to the concrete with ram-sets or equivalent anchors.

BRACING All diagonal galvanized cable bracing is supplied for roof and walls to remove longitudinal load from the structure. Galvanized cable is used rather than solid rod to prevent the bracing from “sagging” under its own weight and it is easier to install. All cables are pre-stressed and pre made for easier erection.

Angle Flange Bracing is provided for the connection of the rigid frame to the purlins and girts. This insures the allowable compressions are adequate for any combination of loading.

FRAMED OPENINGS have cold-formed C-section jambs and headers to help insure easy installation of overhead doors, etc.

SHEETING

24 or 26 gage 80,000 P.S.I. yield strength material standard. Some manufacturers use a lower yield strength material, which is less resistant to damage from hail or other impacts. 40 year warranty on premium color finish on walls and trim. Roof finish is galvalume or premium colored finish

ALL COIL STEEL has a minimum of G-90 class Galvalume substrate (1.25oz hot dipped) to help prevent deterioration of the steel sheeting.

DEEPER HIGH-RIB SHEETING (PBR) with more frequent corrugations provides extra strength.

FASTENERS

STRUCTURAL BOLTS meet requirements ASTM Standards.

A-325 for primary frame connections

A-307 for secondary framing

SELF-DRILLING AND SELF-TAPPING FASTENERS are pre-assembled with neoprene washers and metal caps to help insure weather tightness.

CLOSURES

CLOSED CELL NEOPRENE STRIPS are used to help seal building. Located at eave, gable, and optional at the base of building to help provide weather tightness. Pre-formed shapes to match panel configuration providing a tighter seal.

1-1/2” SHEETING NOTCH at base of concrete where panel site is designed into every building. Sheeting notch provides an air infiltration stop on blanket insulated building.

SEALANTS

SEALANT for roof sidelaps, endlaps and flashing at gable is provided to help insure weather tightness. Nominal 3/8” x 1/8” thick pressure sensitive tape sealant for ease of installation.

RIDGE CAP

LONG OVERLAP to help prevent water from siphoning into building.

TRIM AND FLASHING

All buildings are fully trimmed at rake (gable), corners, and eaves with standard trim material for a more finished look. This not only improves look of building, it is an additional deterrent to moisture, insects, and dirt from getting into the building.

PLANS AND DRAWINGS

ANCHOR BOLT setting plan, building reactions for foundation design, Erection Manual, and Engineer

Letter of Certification is provided shortly after receipt of deposit for building.

ERECTION DRAWINGS provide step by step instructions for case of assembly by dealer or customer.

ENGINEER CERTIFIED APPROVAL DRAWINGS including wall and roof framing diagrams, cross sections, sheeting, and flashing details are provided. These drawings clearly show the proper erection and assembly of all building components.

ALL PARTS ARE NUMBERED A part number is placed on each component (not including sheeting,screws, etc.). These part numbers coincide with a detailed listing contained in the bill of materials that come with your building. They same numbers are also used on the drawings for clarity and to help with assembly on the jobsite.

FOUNDATION PLANS  – WE HAVE: Certified Foundation Plans (additional cost) for the following states: WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, AZ, WY, UT, CO and NE.  

 

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