5 Steps to the Basics of Steel Framed Buildings

5 Steps to the basics of Steel Framed  Buildings will help you understand that they are really quite straightforward.   

So, to help you understand the lingo that is used, below is  some basic information regarding the terminology used and the technical information in your steel building quotes. 

  1. Orientation

Our steel framed buildings have 4 walls and each wall has its own name. Elevations are the building’s longest walls, Gables are its shortest.

Looking at the front (long) wall of your building and working clockwise around the 4 walls you 5 steps to basic steel framed buildingshave

  • the front elevation
  • the left gable
  • the back elevation
  • the right  gable


Additionally, each wall is divided into bays where a bay is simply the space between a pair of frames.  The bay sizes will depend on how big your steel building is. 


  1. Frame Types

The building structure is made up of walls and a roof, a very important part of this structure is its frame as this gives the building its width, length, shape and strength. 

There are 3 types of cold rolled steel building frame types and these influence how the building will eventually look.:

  • The Clear Span frame is the most common of all 3 types.  Used in garages, storage units, industrial units office and workshop facilities and also in aircraft hangars. 
  • The Mono Slope Frame makes the roof higher on one side than on the other. .
  • The Lean-To Frame is used to extend an existing building. It attaches to – and is supported by – the existing building and provides very useful additional space for offices and storage areas.
  1. Steel Building Framed Openings

Most steel buildings will include roller shutters doors, personal access doors / fire doors and maybe UPVC windows if these are required.  These are known as framed openings and will also come with matching trims to seal out moisture and maintain the interior environment. 

  1. Panels

Wall girts and roof purlin  panels attach to make up your building’s walls and roofs.  These panels come in different shapes and sizes and the ones that will work best for you will depend on your building, its location and its use.

Thee panels can be single skin or insulated, with the insulation coming in various thicknesses – if in doubt contact us to discuss what will be the best solution for your new steel framed building. 

  1. Insulation

Insulating a building is an important consideration when planning your new project.  It prevents condensation and is a far better heat regulator than wood.  There are several different types of insulation commonly used for metal buildings. Not surprisingly, costs and benefits vary, so it’s important to match insulation characteristics with each building’s size and shape, geographic location, and intended use.

Uninsulated buildings can get very, very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter.


So ,5  basic ideas you would want to be aware of when considering installing a steel building on your property.

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