There are essentially no limits to the design capabilities of steel. The lightweight strength of steel has been utilized for decades in everything from backyard sheds to stadiums and skyscrapers. Chances are if you are looking into the design process you already have a general idea of the type of building you want, or at least what the function of the building will be.
First things first, you don’t need to hire an architect or design specialist to design your pre-engineered steel building. The elite steel building providers are staffed with experienced workers with the design experience to help you turn your vision of a building into a set of plans to be sent off to manufacturing. If you know exactly what it is you are looking for many websites even have online design tools where you enter the building and frame type, the dimensions of the building, the pitch of the roof, the base conditions and Ta-Da, you’ve got yourself a building.
It’s undeniable that these online tools are fun to play around with; but it’s definitely worth the time to call a professional steel building company and speak to a specialist about the design. Professionals at leading companies can provide insight on design that can save you time and money. For instance, an experienced building designer from a trusted company can tell you what is necessary to create an energy efficient building that can best withstand your local weather conditions. This way your money is spent on a building that can carry on awarding you the highest returns on your investment, even when faced with heavy rains, scorching summer heat, heavy snow loads, or 120+ mph winds from hurricanes or tornadoes.
Fortunately today (probably thanks to the complaints about boring metal garage-esque steel buildings the past) there is so much more involved in the design of a steel building beyond the framing and dimensions. There are endless combinations of different options for doors, windows, framed openings, skylights, panel colors, siding options, and so much more that you could even disguise your garage to look like a wood cabin in the forest if you wanted to. If you want to test out the look of a design try soliciting the help of your building provider, often they will have an in-house design specialist who can create a digital mockup of your building to help you finalize your design decisions.
Designing your steel building should be the fun part. To make the process go as smooth as possible it’s a good idea to brush up on the terms of the design dimensions and accessories that a building designer will be discussing with you. The online design tools are a good way to get a basic understanding of what is involved in the design process, but beyond that, be sure you ask questions. Truthfully, the design process stands as a pretty good test of the type of building company you will be purchasing from. The sales representatives should be well versed in all aspects of design and willing to help you understand and create the best building possible.