When choosing to build a metal building there are several design possibilities to consider during the engineering process. Every metal building system is unique to the end users’ specifications, which means the flexibility in design is extremely important to the Metal Building Market as a whole. Fortunately, metal buildings are very flexible in the way they are made up architecturally. The frame design is the beginning of the entire process, this includes determining the size of your building, the roof pitch, single slope or double slope roof, wall angles, column spacing and framed openings.
The façade you choose will also factor into the design options for your framing. You will need to decide if you are going to incorporate brick, masonry block, curtain walls, or metal panels. Depending on your chosen option, the frame will need to be designed to fit the material properly. Planning the metal building’s design based around the purposed usage of the building is key to determining the type of exterior materials you will want to use. Some communities have strict building codes and colors you must adhere to; and these specific requirements will need to be incorporated into the design of your building.
Common uses of metal buildings in this decade include strip malls, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, recreational centers, churches and many others. The aesthetic variety and flexibility in design has revolutionized the way metal buildings are used and the popularity of the material itself.