Steel buildings are used for many purposes. Some uses include residential, commercial or agricultural storage, RV and mini storage, garages and repair shops, grain storage and barns, retail space and backyard sheds and wood shops. Steel buildings have been around since the first Quonset hut, so named after Quonset Point Military Base in Rhode Island. Since then, steel buildings have become an accepted and economical consideration in community planning and construction. There are several established manufacturers of steel buildings with a wide array of products.
General Steel is one of the most recognized names in the pre-engineered steel building industry, offering a range of buildings from backyard hobby shops to churches to a multi-faceted sports complexes. According to the company web site, General Steel ensures that their buildings meet local building codes and also the specifications required by the building’s location in regards to rain, snow, hurricane-strength winds and seismic coding. Standard features include solid I-beam construction and 26-gauge steel. Company representatives work closely with clients on the design and construction of the building. General Steel buildings come with a 50-year structural warranty, according to the company website.
U.S. Buildings sells its pre-engineered steel buildings direct from the factory. The buildings do have not trusses, posts or beams, which the company claims creates 100-percent usable space inside. Buildings offered range from small sheds to airplane hangars. Expansion options are available if you want to increase the size of the building later on. According to the company's website, the buildings are easy to insulate and have improved ventilation and airflow. The buildings come with a 25-year warranty on the steel.
Olympia Steel has a 40-year history of providing pre-formed steel buildings for agricultural, industrial, commercial, military and government use. They offer a 25-year rust-through warranty on the steel. The buildings meet U.S., German and European building codes and come with computer drawings and a detailed construction guide. They make buildings 30 to 300 feet wide, up to 70 feet high and in any length the customer wants.
Allied Steel delivers buildings throughout the world from eight U.S. factories. The complete steel structure is built in its entirety at one location. They deliver more than 1,000 buildings annually, according to their website, and provide the customer support from building design to construction. Allied Steel makes school and church buildings, warehouses, sports arenas, horse-riding facilities, government buildings, airplane hangars and other mid- and large-size steel structures.