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American Buildings, Inc. Tips

When investing in a metal building, it's important to understand every aspect of the project. Depend on us to guide you through the entire process, ensuring your building comes out exactly as you envisioned.

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Helpful Tips for Constructing a Metal Building

After you hear the advice from American Buildings, Inc., you'll be confident that you chose the right metal building company! It's important to us that our customers are fully informed, allowing them to make decisions that work best for them.

Do Your Homework

When choosing a building company, be sure to:

  • Get the full name, address, and phone number of the building company.
  • Ask how long they have been in business and get the name of the owner.
  • Check your local Better Business Bureau.
  • Request a minimum of three local references. (Note: We automatically provide 45+ references, with more available upon request.)
  • Find out if the company has established relationships with local building authorities, code administrators, erectors, concrete companies, electricians, plumbers, architects, and engineers—this is helpful during the building process.

Selecting Your Metal Building

When choosing a building, ask these questions to make the right decision:

Is the Building All Steel?

Steel is maintenance-free with no risk of wood rot, termites, nails backing out, cracking and splitting, or fire hazards. For these reasons, most insurance rates are less expensive if the building has an all-steel frame versus a wood frame. Call your insurance provider for an exact quotation when shopping for steel frame buildings.

Steel Truss or I-Beam Construction?

I-beam construction means a solid steel, red iron frame with solid steel columns, beams, roof purlins, and wall girts. Because our columns are generally spaced 20''-30'' apart, our I-beam construction provides more usable space and flexibility to add windows and doors. Steel truss or webbed truss frames are not solid and, therefore, have to be spaced approximately 4''-15'' apart. Many truss buildings come with wood roof purlins and wall girts.

What Gauge is the Sheet Metal?

Our buildings are standard 26-gauge sheet metal. Many truss buildings and pole barns are 29-gauge. The lower the gauge number, the heavier the sheet metal. We use PBR (purlin bearing rib) roof and wall panels, meaning all sheets overlap before they screw down, thereby reducing the chance of leaks.

Is the Building Certified?

All of our buildings are certified, which is a requirement for many commercial and industrial projects.

Does the Building Come with Drawings?

All of our buildings come with a complete set of stamped engineered drawings and an anchor bolt layout plan. Many cities and counties also require a foundation plan stamped by a local engineer. We can provide this upon request for a nominal fee.