How Do Metal Building Systems Work?

Posted by CDMG Team on Apr 23, 2019 9:55:24 AM

How Do Metal Building Systems Work?

Are you looking to construct a new steel building?

Whether you need a structure for your business, warehouse, or aircraft hangar, there are plenty of reasons to add a large and secure building to your property.

However, anyone can tell you that a sports facility likely will not have the same specifications as a transportation and logistics warehouse.

So, where do you begin?

Have you ever considered using a prefabricated metal building?

Before we can get into how metal building systems work, it is important to understand exactly what a metal building system is.

Let’s break it all down.

What is a Prefabricated Metal Building System?

A prefabricated metal building system is a pre-engineered building system that includes a structural system accompanied by a roof and wall cladding.

Essentially, the structural system of the metal building consists of frames that are expertly fabricated from plate steel and is then “cold formed” into the proper shape through a detailed manufacturing process. Metal Building System | Prefabricated Steel Building

The frames consist of the following pieces that are bolted together in the field:

  • Roof
  • Columns
  • Beams

Metal buildings are not limited to commercial steel buildings; your building may be finished with any style you choose to achieve the right aesthetic and look you desire.

This can include adding stone, glass, brick, tilt-up concrete, block, or even wood to the exterior.

Check out our article Wood Buildings vs Steel Buildings to see the differences a metal building can make for you. 

Excellent uses for Metal Building Systems include distribution centers, aircraft hangars, complex industrial facilities, transportation and logistics warehouses, and agriculture buildings.

However, metal buildings are not limited to these industrial applications.

Metal Building Systems are also used for motels, libraries, schools, sports facilities, shopping centers, retail stores, medical facilities, churches, auto dealerships, and more.

Metal building systems can be rapidly constructed and are highly efficient.

The Metal Building Manufacturer's Association (MBMA) is a fantastic source for detailed information and specifications regarding Metal Building Systems.

You can view their free download by clicking here.

Customization, Specifications, and Opportunity

In addition to convenience, one of the most popular features of a Metal Building System is customization.

In the past, metal buildings were considered limited and rather bland when it came to options and opportunities. But now, the majority of metal building systems that are erected are custom designed.

Today, there is a significant amount of architectural flexibility with metal building systems. The steel frame can be customized to match the architect and the customer’s vision.


For instance, the shape and size can be whatever the owner desires.

Various roof shapes are available, such as double slope or single slope, with ridges that are either centered or off-centered.

Don’t compromise on what style and aesthetic, like the Best Facade For Metal Buildings, you want your building to have. You can even have unique cladding styles, such as brick, wood, stone, glass, or precast concrete.

What is BIM?

How beneficial would it be to see your finished building before a single step of the erection process begins?

With Building Information Modeling (BIM), that is entirely possible.Building Information Modeling

BIM is an exciting new technology that allows clients to make sure their building will be constructed to their liking and has the aesthetics they are looking for.

Another fantastic benefit of utilizing BIM is that it can predict and prevent potential hazards.

For instance, if the foundation or terrain will become an issue, the BIM software will detect the issue before any time or money is wasted.

That information allows for retargeting project plans and will ensure the erection of the building will continue smoothly without any foreseeable problems.

How to Install a Metal Building System

First and foremost, when it comes to installing a metal building system, safety has to be the number one concern.

Safety precautions should include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic Safety Equipment
  • Compliance to Fall Protection and OSHA Rules
  • Safety Shoes
  • Hard Hats
  • Safety Glasses

Part of maintaining a safe work site involves proper planning for your project. Some metal building engineers offer extensive project planning opportunities by utilizing BIM technology.

Essentially, BIM lets you plot out your project using digital software.

As an owner, you’ll be able to see your project and any potential hazards that could conflict with your progress, such as terrain or foundation issues.

This is all part of erection planning.

Following the planning will be the delivery of the building, along with the unloading process.

At this point the actual steel building erection begins, including secondary girts, purlins, and bracing.

Next, your steel building will have its roof installed and insulated, followed by the building’s walls.

Important tip: When it comes to the walls of your metal building, consider expandable walls. This won’t be as cheap as post-and-beam walls, but if you ever choose to expand your metal building in the future due to expansion and growth (which is a wonderful thing), that process will be much simpler with expandable walls.

Contact CDMG For Your Metal Building System Needs

If you have questions about Metal Building Systems or are considering having one erected for your business needs, contact CDMG.

CDMG has the resources and expertise to ensure your metal building is constructed accurately, meets all your local building codes, and perfectly matches your desired specifications.

CDMG manages and designs your project from start to finish to ensure that your building meets all of your needs in a time-efficient manner while still sticking to your budget.

Call CDMG or click the button below to get started today.

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Topics: Metal Building System