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The Process Behind the Building: Steps to Steel Building Construction in Miami County, IN

July 15, 2015

Whether you prefer to hire a building construction crew to do the entire job or decide to bring on a contractor to build using a prefabricated steel building, it is always a good idea to know the how-to’s about a project. You do some online research and watch a few construction videos, but, where do you even start when you want to erect a steel building? Here are the basic steps to get a steel building up and running:

Prepare the foundation

If you want your steel building project to be successful, you must first start with a properly prepared foundation—this step is vital as it will make or break your entire construction project. Also, you have to be able to locate and set your anchor bolts in the right spots. All of the essential information and diagrams you will need to do this can be provided to you by a qualified company specializing in steel building construction in Miami County, IN.

Having a perfectly flat concrete slab foundation and the anchor bolts positioned in the right location is very important, so it is highly recommended that you hire a contractor whose specialty and experience is in laying foundation.

Primary framing

The primary framing of your building is made up of rafters and the main I-Beam columns. For easy installation, all of the steel required for the primary phase should be pre-cut, pre-welded and pre-punched. The rafters and main columns are the heaviest, strongest components of your project that need to be bolted together, then they will be ready to be fasted to the prepared foundation. Get a few frames up and ready before you start bolting on the secondary pieces.

Secondary framing

Girts, purlins and framed openings are the components you will encounter during the secondary framing step. Know that these pieces provide the strength and sturdiness behind the wall and roof sheeting that you want. Without a solid frame, your building is not a reliable structure. Like primary framing, these pieces are pre-cut and pre-punched.

Sheeting, roof and walls

After the preceding steps have been completed, you are ready to install the insulation and the wall and roof sheeting. Start by installing the wall sheeting first; screw each panel to the secondary framing using self-drilling fasteners. When you are finished with the walls, install roof panels and weather stripping.

Install the trim and accessories

If you haven’t already, take a step back and see how the building looks. Now, put the finishing touches on your steel building: install the trim to create a tight weather seal, install any windows, vents, doors and any other accessories.

By following these basic steps, you can start thinking about your steel construction project with confidence. Looking for components or have building questions? You will find quality prefabricated steel buildings options and steel building construction in Miami County, IN from the professionals at K. Graber Construction LLC.

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