Preferring a metal building over a conventional wooden one is a smart decision. With endless benefits and advantages, prefab steel buildings are efficient for residential and commercial purposes. After ordering your metal building, there are some tasks you should focus on before all building components get delivered to the installation site.
All the tasks performed before the installation can be considered metal building site preparation steps. Primarily site preparation tasks are initiated with the site levelling and then further move to other functions like drainage, utility, access, and pavement designing. After the site preparation, you can proceed further with the building installation process.
Metal Building Site Preparation Process
Here are some common tasks that are considered in the site preparation process. From simple standard garage sheds to metal warehouses, site preparation is the same for all structures.
Effective Communication with the Dealer
You can’t always rely on the information provided to the dealer at the time of placing an order. All the requirements delivered to the dealer mainly consist of an outline you should consider for fabricating the components. But you should consistently maintain communication with the dealer and installation team to prevent installation task errors.
Regular communication with dealers or installers can help you install a structure that suits all your needs. The context of communication is not only about the steel structure requirements and measurements; it also includes various other aspects that can play a crucial role in the building installation process.
For example, the exchange of all the needs, requirements, and instructions can be considered under the communication requirement. It could include directions about utility connections and the drainage system that has been installed during the site preparation process.
Site setting up is one of the crucial tasks that must be performed before foundation pouring and building installation. Drainage and utility connection to the structure depends on how the site has been levelled.
Water drainage is a crucial thing that mainly relies on site levelling. If the installation site is not effectively levelled, it can result in water pooling issues and building instability. If the site is not balanced correctly, it can cause water pooling problems that can later result in corrosion. The installation crew also can delay the procedure if the site is not ready or has some levelling-related challenges.
The drainage system’s setup can be considered part of the site levelling process. Designing a proper drainage system is crucial if you live in an area with more than average rain. In this process, you need to understand the water flow on your property.
Water pooling issues can be avoided with the site levelling and setting up drainage pipes. This process also includes the designing of building a foundation in such a way that, in any case, water does not pool on the ground.
Access to all natural resources is one of the most effective ways to save energy costs. For example, access to sunlight most of the day will reduce the need for artificial lighting inside the facility.
With proper structure orientation, you can access natural wind flow that will reduce the need for artificial air ventilation. You can use multiple sunroofs in the structure to access natural light all day, and various windows can be installed inside the structure for proper air ventilation. You can save a lot on energy costs and be sustainable through these processes.
Before starting the metal building installation, the installation should be connected to all utilities. For effective structure functionality, prefab steel buildings should be equipped with gas, electricity, and water lines.
If the installation site is equipped with a water and electricity connection, it will help installers perform all the tasks seamlessly without additional cost. Based on the positioning of utility connections, all the pipes can be effectively fastened in the prefab metal structure.
Start Installation of Steel Structure on the Foundation
Once all the site preparation tasks are done, you need to remove dirt and debris from the installation site and keep it for the further process. This process includes designing floor layouts. Scratches prepared for the metal warehouse building will help the installation team to place building components and develop an error-free structure correctly.
After site preparation and planning, building installation is the last task to perform. The steel structure installation process starts with the installation of primary framing and then the secondary frame. At the end of the installation process, metal panels are fixed on the second frame of the structure, along with insulation.
You should consult with the local building authorities for building inspection after-steel structure installation. After the approval, your structure is ready to be functional. If you see any error or problem in the structure installation or integration, you can ask the metal building dealer to make proper altercations to fix that issue.