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The Benefits of Designing Your Own Custom Warehouse Building

If you’re thinking about getting a new building, read on and we’ll give you 13 reasons why designing a custom steel building is the only choice for you.

Now step back and imagine an entire building made of steel. It’s strong, durable and virtually maintenance-free. It’s easy to construct, customizable, cost-efficient and eco-friendly.

1. Built-In Exterior Finishes

Zillow quotes the average cost of exterior finishings from building a new home at $43,447. This includes doors, windows, finishing the exterior walls and roof, and weatherproofing. When you choose a pre-fab steel building, you don’t have to worry about these extra costs. This is because most exterior finishes on a steel building get worked into the framework during fabrication. Additionally, the sheer strength of steel means you need fewer parts to make a solid building. Fewer parts mean lower material costs.

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Did you know that a steel roof can last more than 50 years?

2. Streamline the Construction Process

When you order a steel-frame building, all the pieces get made off-site on an assembly line and a manufacturing warehouse. The weather doesn’t factor in this part of the process. Even during construction, the elements don’t affect your time table the same way it does in other building projects. The more time construction workers spend building your new warehouse, the more money you’ll spend on labor costs. The more experience your crew has, the less time they’ll take. Exacting specifications ensure each piece of the building fits together with ease. This means that when it’s sent to you for construction, there are no unexpected delays caused by incompatible parts.

You can save even more time by:

  • Coordinating architectural and design teams early on
  • Employing proactive project management
  • Using adaptable materials
  • Encouraging teamwork between contractors, manufacturers and design teams
  • If everyone works together, strict timelines are easier to set and adhere to.

3. DIY and Eliminate Labor Costs

If you’re up to the challenge, you can build a metal building yourself.

All building kits should come with:
Anchor Bolt Patterns – Anchor bolts fasten buildings to concrete foundations. To ensure solid construction, the placement of these bolts is crucial. Having pre-planned patterns for your design ensures your building will withstand the test of time.
A Step-By-Step Construction Guide – You don’t have to know what you’re doing, you only need to be able to follow the instructions. Every piece of a steel building has clear labels so you can tell what it is. Combine this with the detailed directions in the construction guide and you can erect your building with ease.
Detailed Assembly Drawings – Detailed assembly drawings make it even easier to figure out how to put everything together. If you’re still having trouble, take a look at our Help Videos for some extra guidance.

4. Reduced Maintenance Expenses

To maintain metal buildings, all you need to do is pressure wash the exteriors and clear out the gutters once or twice a year. You can hire someone to do that or save money and do it yourself. Either way, it’s far less labor and money intensive than maintaining other types of buildings.

They only thing you have to worry about with steel-based buildings is corrosion. You can mitigate corrosion concerns with the addition of a Galvalume(R) coating. Galvalume is an alloy made up of zinc and aluminum. Zinc helps to protect against general damage. Aluminum prevents rust.

Additionally, warranties on steel construction components last for 40 to 50 years and you don’t have to pay a dime. You must update and pay for Home and building warranties for other structure types every year.

large span steel building

5. Lower Insurance Premiums

Building materials made of steel are inorganic. This means they are resistant to many things other building materials fall prey to. A well-designed steel warehouse building can withstand heavy gusts of wind. In areas devastated by tornadoes, steel buildings are often the only ones left standing.

Steel doesn’t mold, it resists mildew, termites don’t see it as a midday snack and steel frames won’t burn. Can you say the same about wood?

Insurance agencies recognize these factors and provide lower rates for metal buildings

6. Security

The solid structure of metal buildings makes them difficult to penetrate. For this reason, many thieves will bypass steel structures for easier targets. Add security cameras, alarm systems, and metal doors for added security.

7. Faster Design and Construction Times

Many of the same features that contribute to lower construction costs also reduce build time:

  • Easy construction
  • Pre-fabricated parts
  • Built-in finishes
  • Adaptable materials
  • Fewer construction delays from incompatible parts and weather

Plus, once you’ve drawn up your plans, received your materials and your permits get approved, you can start building.

8. Spacious, Clear Span Designs

The need for spacious warehouse floorplans is indisputable. Most warehouses call for the constant movement of products and frequent layout changes. Steel buildings are perfect for this because they allow for clear span designs. A clear span design is a floor plan with at least 100 feet between load-bearing poles.

Because of the strength-to-weight ratios of metal buildings, all the support needed is in the framework of the building. There is no need for support columns in buildings up to 300 feet wide. If you need something wider, you can go up to 480 feet with a minimal number of supports and still have plenty of room.

While there is a limit to how wide a steel building can be, there are no restrictions on length. You can also combine clear span areas to go as large as you want by adding expansions on end walls. Use overhead rolling doors at extension points to open your space up even further. If you prefer vertical expansion, this is also possible up to 40 feet. You can then maximize space with the addition of mezzanine floors.

9. Customizable

commercial warehouse design tool One of the most impressive features of designing warehouse plans is that you can customize them any way you want.

  • Form a hobby hangar to store an airplane
  • Make a base of operations for a Fixed Base Operator.
  • Store large agricultural equipment and machinery
  • Erect a sports arena
  • Construct a track for barrel racing horses.
  • Design a storefront to house an indoor flea market.
  • Build your dream home.

The only limitation is your imagination. Drab Exteriors Are a Thing of the Past

There was a time when steel buildings were boring. Their construction was more or less uniform. The exteriors were simple sheets of plain metal.

They were eyesores.

Today, this makes many people hesitate when considering them for storefronts and homes. Yet this is no longer the case. Your building design doesn’t have to look like an elongated igloo or a giant box. You can design it any way you want.
Advances in materials make it possible to choose from a wide range of colors and textures. Options for exteriors now include:

  • Colorful panels
  • Glass
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Tilt-up Concrete
  • EIFS
  • Stucco

Wood siding is also an option but may prevent you from taking advantage of insurance discounts. Even if you don’t get any kind of special siding, you can have a mural painted on one side of your building for a splash of color. Don’t be afraid to be creative. This is your brainchild.

10. Steel Is Eco-Friendly

Steel is a sustainable material and very eco-friendly. Recycled steel scrap comprises 93% of structural steel made in the US. When it’s time to dispose of a building, you can recycle 98% of the steel used in its construction.

Unlike many materials, steel doesn’t lose any of its physical properties when it’s recycled. This means you can recycle it over and over again or sell the scrap metal to recoup some of your original building costs.

11. Metal Buildings Are Easy to Insulate

Metal roofing materials reflect UV rays from the sun helping them stay cool in warm climates. This helps you reduce both energy costs and your eco-footprint. You can add vapor barriers at the roofline to help protect against moisture damage and further insulate your building. Vapor barriers have a reflective layer.
When installing your vapor barrier make sure it faces the correct way.

In warmer areas, the reflective layer should face the ceiling to further reflect UV waves. In cooler locations, the reflective side needs to face the interior of the building. This will let sun rays penetrate the building and help warm the space. In temperate zones, this may be all you need to maintain constant temperatures. In areas with more extreme conditions, you can install insulated metal panels (IMPs) with R-values as high as R-42.

If IMPs won’t suit your needs, you may be able to get a high R-value standing seam roof system. This type of roofing uses clips to hold single-skin panels with up to 12 inches of R-30 blanket insulation.

If your area’s codes require it, there are also fire-rated panels. These panels are like foam IMPs but have a flame retardant, mineral wool core.

12. Ready for Solar Panel Installation

55% of consumers will pay more for products and services from companies devoted to making a positive environmental impact. It’s a good thing then that metal roofs are a perfect location for a solar array. Besides keeping your customers happy, using solar energy will help save you money on utilities. Market data shows that the average business spends $1950 per month on their energy bill. Those who supplement their electricity with solar power only pay about $500 per month. Even residential users can save big. Washington residents who use solar power can expect to recoup up to $12,905 after 20 years of use.

13. Code Compliant Warehouse Buildings

Area building codes change all the time and it’s difficult to keep up. Because metal buildings are pre-engineered, compliant kits get delivered to you with all current building codes. You won’t get fined for not following guidelines. It’s one less thing to worry about.

Listen
All our steel building designs are unique and we cater them to suit our client’s individual needs. We’ll listen to your needs and ensure we have a firm understanding of how you intend to use your building. Partnering with you in this way lets us ensure we have everything we need to draw up your perfect floorplan before we start the design phase.

Design
Since the beginning, Rapidset Metal Buildings has worked hard to make our client’s expectations come to life. We streamline the design process to guarantee the most efficient build possible. We use design software to communicate specifications to our assembly lines and reduce human error.

Engineer
Our world-class engineers inspect every client’s blueprints. We won’t send your design until they give it their seal approval. We also ensure that each of our buildings can withstand snowfall, wind storms, earthquakes and a variety of other natural factors specific to your area.

Detail
Each pre-engineered metal building is detailed down to the last bolt. Rapidset building sets the bar for what quality should look like. This attention to detail helps to speed up build-time and reduce the need for on-site modifications.

Fabricate
We have a leading technical trade team ready to fabricate the materials for your new building. We use cooperative technical systems that coordinate with our assembly lines. This ensures quality work for efficient, cost-effective erection.

Ship
We take care of shipping for you so you don’t have to worry about the logistics. We’ll make sure your building materials arrive safe and on-time so you can start construction as soon as possible.

Rapidset Metal Buildings Is Ready to Build With You

Rapidset Metal Buildings has sold and delivered pre-fab buildings to customers in almost every state in the U.S. We’ve been in business since 1992 and combined, we have nearly 50 years of experience. The best part is, we’re dedicated to making sure your building is unmatched in quality and craftsmanship. We’ll have your pre-fabricated warehouse building materials sent to you and we’ll take care of everything.

Contact us with questions anytime or build your quote today. Once you’re done, don’t forget to take a virtual tour of your floorplan so you can see what it’ll be like first hand!

Brand: Rapidset Metal Buildings

Roof Gauge: 26ga (options available)

Roof Type: Standing Seam (options available)

Caps: Rolled Steel Ridge Caps & Pre-welded clips.
Includes weather seals.

Wall Sheeting Gauge: 24ga. Double Sealed Base
(options available)

Trimmed Openings: Opening trim packages are fully wrapped colored jambs with “j" trim st PBR panel.
(options available)

Fastners: One-Piece, EPDM, sealed, zinc/carbon steel alloy

Frames: Pre-engineered for local code requirements

Fastners: EPDM, sealed, zinc/carbon steel alloy

Full Trim Package: Included. Rake Trim, eve closure with seals, roll out mastic for roofing, covered jambs, “J" molding for panel edges. (options available)

Windows: Available in many color options and styles. Can be cliped directly into opening or framed with wall girt. Local code dictates low girt option. (options available)

Doors: Standard doors are designed to clip in. Standard 8in jamb for low girt option. (options available)

SEO ME!Warranties on steel construction components last for 40 to 50 years.

Call for details on what components of your project are covered.

There are many ways to dress up your steel building for appearance or function. Many steel buildings are unrecognizable from the exterior due to creative finish facials, while the inside tells the story with large clear span space. Other than your imagination, here are a few options we offer to change the appearance of the exterior of your building.

Wainscot

This is used as a simple decorative feature to add contrasting color to the wall. This can be installed at any height you wish or even a multitude of heights for a very interesting effect. Our system uses an attractive break with trim separating the top and bottom sheets, rather than just overlapped panels. All trim both top and bottom can be selected for your desired finished look.

Roof Extensions

Another way our customers want to prevent a typical box look is to add roof extensions to their building. The roof lines of all walls can be extended to your desired length, or maybe controlled independently if you desire longer extensions on specific walls. In all cases our extensions come with soffit panels and trim to finish the desired look you are after.

Roof Slopes

A very simple way to add appearance to a building is changing the roof slope. The slope of a metal building can simply be altered from ½:12 to 12:12 with no problems. Unlike wood, our metal building software calculates the required size for the rafters, so snow loads are not as dependant on the slope, just keep in mind slopes above 4:12 are extremely hard to walk on.

Custom Designed

Many customers want a special look, changing the slope to an offset look or even the old barn gambrel or raised center appearance. These are easy to due while still maintaining the clear span interior.

  • No Welding!
  • Lasts longer than wood
  • Cheaper insurance costs
  • Lower lifetime building costs
  • Lower maintenance
  • No termites
  • Commercial grade
  • Bolt together
  • Every building is custom
  • Fast assembly
  • Includes trim
  • Assembly manual

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