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Steel Buildings: 5 Construction Tips For A Sturdy Building

Tom Stride 2016-11-13 17:00:00

Steel buildings have become popular for both business owners and homeowners. These structures are taken advantage of because of the affordable price-tag, its durability and strength and perhaps even the curb appeal that it can generate. What's not to like about these structures?

Indeed, there are many benefits to steel buildings and they serve multiple purposes.

Although many decide to simply purchase the steel building and then hire a company to put it up, a lot of property owners are deciding to erect the steel building themselves. This is part of the growing do-it-yourself (DIY) trend that has infiltrated Markham and the rest of Ontario.

But as you erect the steel building, you have to keep in mind several factors beforehand. Otherwise, if you don't follow the right steps then you could very well diminish its value.

Here are five things to remember when erecting a steel building:

Ensure All of the Pieces Are There

Do you know what would be the worst thing about constructing a steel building? When you're about halfway through the building process and then you find out that you're missing a critical component. That will surely put a damper on your day and frustrate everyone!

This is why it is imperative to ensure that all of the pieces related to the steel building are there. You can ensure that the pieces are available by looking at the manual (see below) and then taking out every single component. Check off every item on the list. For more information about the parts to constructing a steel building, there are more resources available on the DIY Steel Buildings website.

Follow the Manual Meticulously

Yes, we know: you're a DIY expert and you can put everything together without a manual.

However, for the good of the team, you should put your ego aside and follow the manual meticulously. By following every single step and doing it the right way, you can guarantee that you have a great steel building that will last for a long time without falling apart.

The manuals are there for a reason. Don't ignore it, embrace it!

Prepare the Site for the Steel Building

Rather than just installing the steel building on a piece of land, you actually have to prepare the land for the steel building. You can do this by either applying the concrete on the ground or by removing all of the obstructions in and around the place where your steel building will be.

As you're applying concrete, it is best to remember that it takes seven days to harden. Therefore, you will need to wait a week before you can start erecting the steel building on the concrete.

Safety First! Keep Yourself & Your Team Safe

For any construction project, you and your team must always keep safe. You never want anyone to get injured as they're putting together a steel structure. Everyone should be wearing construction boots, sporting gloves, having goggles on and perhaps even a hard hat. Even if it's a small steel building project, you have to have the safeguards in place. To browse through a collection of contruction safety equipment, you may be interested in the catalogue at

Use a Forklift to Unload the Materials

Another way of being safe is to use a forklift to unload the materials for the steel building. Remember, if you have never erected a steel building before, the materials will be heavy. You can't just lift the pieces up with your bare hands by yourself. It takes a team, and a forklift (or crane), to fully lift, carry and move the materials for the steel structure.

Steel buildings have a wide variety of purposes, whether it's residential or commercial.

One of the key benefits of owning a steel building is how easy it can be to maintain the structure. Thanks to the durability and the strength to withstand all kinds of conditions, steel buildings can last the entire 25- or 30-year lifespan. This will save you a lot of money in the end.

As long as you take the time to properly erect the structure, you can ensure that your needs will be met with the steel building. Oh, and don't forget about government regulations.

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