Preparations that should be done before buying and erecting your steel building:
- Stake out the property where the building will reside. This will better enable you to know the right size building as well as will inform you where the best location for doors and window placement, and the like.
- 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.
Most building manufacturers send out Anchor Bolt Plans (settings) within three weeks of purchase that 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 more detailed instructions.
Step #1 – Steel Building Foundation
When starting the process of steel building erection, it is important that you check the accuracy of anchor bolts size and locations. Again, since most building suppliers send out Anchor Bolt Plans (settings) within a few weeks of building order, there should be ample time for you to get your foundation prepared before the building arrives.
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 building erection too. Now, if you feel you have ample general construction experience and your steel building kit is small, you can take a stab at erecting your own steel building. Many people have saved themselves considerable steel building costs by doing their project with a few friends or family members; however, if your building is more complex or there are strict code regulations in your area, it is best to hire a certified erector.
Step #2 – Lay Out Steel Building Components
You want to layout your delivered building materials properly around the foundation as soon as possible. You place the columns and rafters at whatever end you intend to start. You will move them with your crane to their permanent location. Put sheeting crates on wood blocking around the foundation as close as possible to where they will be installed.
Then layout trim crates, panels, and insulation in a location out of the way. These items will be the last itemized 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). These members are labeled with numbers-letters which correlate to your included Erection Manual.
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 and Wall Sheeting
You are just about done. You will now focus your attention on 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. Literally, all steel building suppliers supply weather stripping to be applied between the panels. You will also install insulation at this time if it was ordered.
Step #6 – Steel Building 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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