Commercial Steel Frame Metal Buildings Manchester
Metal Buildings are very widely accepted today. One major area of
use is commercial buildings. Commercial construction would include industrial buildings, civic centres, gymnasiums, indoor horse riding arenas, metal storage buildings, churches, and agricultural buildings, to name just a few. Whatever the type of commercial requirement, we can help you build your commercial steel frame building in Manchester.
Some Insight Into metal buildings
Metal steel frame buildings are capable of very wide spans with vaulted ceilings. Clear span is vital to indoor horse arenas and some industrial buildings. Also the vaulted ceiling on the inside allows for higher clearance in factories and gymnasiums. Wood truss buildings have a higher roof line on the outside, but a flat ceiling on the inside. This does not allow for as much openness. In a church or horse arena a vaulted ceiling gives a much more open feel to the metal building.
During their construction, the super structure of the building is bolted together. The piers are erected, then the main trusses are bolted together, and then lifted with a crane, and bolted to the top of the piers. This construction is less susceptible to wind damage before it is covered in metal sheeting than a wood truss building. The wood trusses have a very high peak, especially when the building has a wide clear span. A strong wind can come up and push the trusses before they are protected with the sheeting. Several years ago a 100′x200′ indoor riding arena had all but two of the trusses set. Even though they were braced, a strong wind came up and made match sticks out of the building. In the end the construction insurance only covered approximately $6,000 of the total damage. Not to say that a steel building is invincible, but the strong superstructure that is bolted together with a lower roof line is something to really think about.
Wood buildings are a viable option for many sorts of construction, but they do cost more than the metal, require more maintenance, and also attract insects. Also during construction there is much more waste from a wood building. When purchasing a metal building, typically the only thing that has to be cut on site is the metal roof and side sheeting. The metal is recyclable, so the little waste that does accumulate is easily taken to the scrap yard.
A large building is similar to a balloon when the wind comes up. The force puts outward pressure on the whole structure. This tendency is called, “uplift”. This uplift affects everything from the footers, to the superstructure to the walls. Footers and piers may need extra strength added to them to counteract the uplift. Also metal siding and roofing must be installed with the appropriate self-tapping screws with rubber or vinyl rings. This keeps the siding from popping of off the structure. This is one topic that should be looked into before a building is purchased. The structural engineer with the company supplying the building should address this in the plans.
Any time that hoists, cranes, conveyor belts, or rigging is going to be affixed to the superstructure it must be compensated for in the drawings before the building is erected. Buildings are designed for things like snow load in a particular area. Added strain on the framework could result in damaging or destroying the building. Be sure to consider exactly what a facility will require and then relay that to the structural engineer. The engineer must know exactly what the building will be expected to handle before it designed