Steel Buildings and Steel Building Construction
Definition of Steel Building:
The steel building can be described as a building where most of the building's structural components are made of steel. The basic steel building would have main support columns, rafters, girts, purlins and even roof & siding made of steel.
Steel buildings gained popularity after World War II when steel became more available. These days, steel buildings are widely accepted due to their cost efficiency and the ability to construct wide clear span buildings.
Steel Building Use:
These days, steel buildings are used in a wide variety of applications. Steel buildings may be used to construct:
- Commercial buildings
- Agricultural buildings
- Indoor riding arenas
- Aircraft hangars
- Shops & Stores
- Residential buildings
- Industrial buildings and much more....
Some of the advantages of the steel building over a regular wood-frame barn include:
- Resistance to warping
- Termite proof
- Higher resistance to fire
- More interior headroom
- Lower insurance costs in some cases
Steel Buildings vs. Pole Barns
In our opinion, the steel building is a better choice and is more affordable when it comes to larger buildings such as indoor riding arenas and other tall and large buildings that require wider clear spans without the use of any center supporting posts. On the other hand, a pole barn is a good choice to consider and is more affordable when putting up a smaller building.
When deciding on type of building to use (steel building or pole barn) you need to compare the price and take into consideration the intended use of the building and perhaps even the area that you live in. For example, if you have problems with termite infestation in your area, a steel building might be a better choice. If clear span is required on a wide building, the steel building would be the best choice.