Many buildings have steel components but this does not mean that they are classified as steel buildings. A steel building is one that has the majority of the structure made of metal. The components of these buildings are custom designed for each specific structure. They are engineered in such a way that the sections can be fitted together and secured to form a complete structure. While steel is the main component, building owners may have their own preferences on internal features, and exterior finishes like paint, wood paneling or stucco.
A Brief History
The use of steel buildings actually goes back as far as the late 1700s. The goal at the time was to make mills for textiles and agriculture that could withstand fire. Just before World War II, steel buildings served as storage areas for oil. This inspired the creation of structures called Quonset Huts which were sturdy but lightweight enough for them to be transported.
While they were first developed for military use, the surplus was made available to the public. This helped to broaden the appeal of these structures and encouraged the development of steel buildings for various applications.
Steel Building Applications
In the late nineteenth century, builders recognized the value of steel as a support structure for massive skyscrapers. Over time it was increasingly used to build complete structures. Technological improvements have led to the creation of buildings that offer significant advantages such as:
- Measurable return on investment for commercial entities
- Improved span capabilities
- Long term durability
- Thermal efficiency
The designs available have also improved due to better fabrication methods. The wide variety of applications for these structures include:
- Agricultural buildings
Improved construction methods allow these structures to be fitted with a wide range of accessories. Windows of varying sizes, gutter systems, sliding doors, and skylights are just a few of the features you can get with a custom steel building. The customizability allows any buyer to get a building that is unique but still conforms to building codes. As these codes changed and became more nuanced, manufacturers were able to adapt to meet these requirements.
Steel buildings have gone from being humble storage units to architectural marvels. They have high wind loads, and they are heat and corrosion resistant. The many advantages make these structures popular for the construction of homes as well.
Call us at 407-316-8544 to discuss ways to improve your commercial or residential property in the Orlando area or in other areas of central Florida. The addition of a steel building will increase your property value and add tangible value to your property as well.