What Is A Pre-Engineered Metal Building?

Posted by CDMG Team on Mar 9, 2020 9:58:12 AM
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What Is A Pre-Engineered Metal Building?

If you're looking for a convenient, cost-effective alternative to conventional construction, pre-engineered metal buildings are just what you're looking for.

Pre-engineered metal buildings are often used for commercial spaces, but they can be designed to meet the needs of any builder.

Pre-engineered metal buildings are cost-efficient, customizable, quicker to construct and erect than traditional methods.

But what exactly is a pre-engineered metal building? We'll talk about that in the article below.

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What Is A Pre-Engineered Metal Building?

A pre-engineered metal building is a building that is constructed with a steel frame system that supports a metal roof and wall panels. They are pre-designed to adhere to precise dimensions.

These dimensions are specific to the needs of the owner of the building, but other factors, including area-specific building codes, potential load problems, and environmental considerations are also taken into account.

Pre-engineered metal buildings can be fabricated to meet many unique requirements.

Frame components are made and then shipped to the location to be erected. Many times, these frames are I-beams, which get their name from their shape.

I beams are created by welding steel plates together to form the section, and then built together to create the frame of the building.

Naturally, there are different types of pre-engineered buildings with different kinds of frames, designs, and structures. We'll talk about several of them below.

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To design a pre-engineered building as accurately as possible, engineers have to consider the following:
  • Bay spacing
  • Slope of roof
  • Loads (live, dead and collateral)
  • Wind uplift
  • Space between bearing points
  • Deflection criteria
  • The maximum practical size and weight of engineered components

Pre-calculated measurements for each unique component have been utilized to engineer precise designs and measurements.

Engineers have developed programs that make pre-engineered buildings efficient and cost-effective. Computer-aided design programs have made this process easier.

Computer technology has allowed the design and construction of pre-engineered steel buildings to become much more advanced.

Many computer-aided design programs allow for 3D design and analysis before creation. This makes the process even more cost-effective, efficient, and easier. It also can help point out any flaws, or safety issues before construction begins, preventing costly delays in construction. 

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Pre-Engineered Buildings External Design

Several materials can be used for the external cladding of a pre-engineered building. Those materials include wood, tensioned fabric, masonry block, glass, concrete, and steel sheets.

The external cladding materials are dependent on the specific criteria delineated by the company investing in the structure.

How the building will be used and where the building is being built has an impact on the choice of external material.

Engineers will take into account environmental factors, use, and durability. The idea is that a pre-engineered building has the same appearance, design, flexibility, function, and advantages of traditional construction, if not more so.

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Benefits of Pre-Engineered Buildings

There are countless benefits of using pre-engineered metal buildings. Among them are:
  • Cost
  • Speed of construction
  • Design
  • Structural integrity

Pre-engineered metal buildings take almost half the time of a traditional construction project to build, saving you time, labor, material, and money.

They are often more reliable and more durable and resistant to weather events like blizzards, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Many owners interested in pre-engineered metal buildings are looking for a structure with an open, extensive interior space. There are endless options for the design of pre-engineered buildings, both inside and out.

Standard details are where most people realize the best advantage of a pre-engineered metal building.

Pre-engineered structures are generally created with steel, but as technology advances, there are types of steel available that are lighter and more energy-efficient than steel.

Energy efficiency is both an economic and environmental advantage of a pre-engineered structure. These structures are tightly sealed, require less insulation than standard buildings, and can be designed with roofing that deflects the suns harsh rays.

Pre-engineered metal buildings can be built and adapted to suit a wide variety of applications. The advantages of this type of structure have been utilized more and more over the years.

Companies that are looking to build or expand are realizing the economic wisdom of investing in a structure that takes less time to design, produce, erect, and maintain.

Pre-engineered metal buildings prove their worth from day one, providing companies and professionals many opportunities for expansion and growth.

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Pre-Engineered metal buildings can be used for almost anything

Common Uses For A Pre Engineered Metal Building

A pre-engineered metal building can be used for many applications, but here are some of the most popular.
  • Agricultural- Steel is a cost-effective, low maintenance material to keep your agricultural equipment and livestock safe. It is an easy and affordable way to provide shelter and security.
  • Commercial- The costs of operation and real estate are a significant investment for commercial operations. Steel is a sound investment in the long-term success of a business, no matter the size. A variety of layouts can be used to create an attractive commercial steel building to use for anything from storage to big-box retailing.
  • Government- Government budgets are often tight with little to no wiggle room. With the demand for public services, increasing building with steel is a great way to keep costs down. Steel has been used to produce structures ranging from fire stations to public works buildings. It helps cut costs and bring facilities into compliance. And steel makes it easy to be green.

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Start Your Pre-Engineered Metal Building Project

If you're ready to build a pre-engineered metal building, don't wait any longer.

CDMG supplies pre-engineered metal buildings to clients in a variety of industries throughout the United States, as well as engineering and installation for a wide range of commercial and industrial building applications.

CDMG offers the full spectrum from pre-engineered and hybrid to fully custom-designed buildings and is your source for high-quality, cost-effective buildings perfectly tailored to your unique needs.

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