Building a metal building on your property requires a concrete slab foundation.
A general rule for a strong foundation is to include at least
120 mm of hardcore concrete as a sub-base, and at least another 120 mm
of mixed concrete. It may be worthwhile to consider including steel bar
reinforcements as your pour the concrete to ensure the strength of the
foundation (more on foundations specific to steel buildings).
Before you pour the concrete foundation, be sure to plan ahead for any
utilities or piping that will need to be brought through it. This
includes the soil pipe that runs from the bathrooms to your septic, and
the water supply line.
If you plan on connecting your workshop to power and water that should
be taken into account before you begin building. Call your utility
company while in the early stages of planning to learn what they require
of you before they hook up the connection. Determine the location inside
the workshop where you will be placing your breaker panel, as utility
companies often insist the distance from the meter be as short as
Consider how much light you will need in your shop and where you need
the most natural light for working on projects. With this in mind, you
will then be able to correctly place windows and skylights to maximize
the amount of natural lighting.
The best time of year to build a steel shop is in the late spring after
the ground dries. This affords you a long stretch of good weather and
ample time to complete construction before winter sets in. It also
allows you all of fall and winter to prepare for construction, by
obtaining your building permits and hiring contractors (if needed).
If you plan on using your workshop in all seasons, insulation should be
considered. Spray foam is an effective method in regulating the
temperature of your steel workshop while also providing soundproofing
qualities. In hot and humid weather, steel buildings can suffer from
sweating which can cause water droplets to form on the ceiling. Although
steel structures are resistant to mildew and mold growth, a consistent
accumulation of moisture can damage the structure (more on insulation
Roofing Options for Metal Buildings
Your roof is subject to incredible stress, from snow to rain and wind,
which is why it’s important that it be strong, durable and properly
installed, requiring little maintenance and providing many years of
Steel metal is an incredibly cost-effective and strong roofing material,
and will likely never need to be replaced during its lifetime.
The architectural style was designed during the Second World War when
the U.S. Navy required a lightweight building that could be easily
shipped and assembled for use by their troops in Europe. The Quonset
Huts, named after the town where they were first manufactured, were
lightweight pre-engineered steel structures. The building style became
popular for its large column-free, clearspan space inside, and the
strength of its corrugated roof, which provided safety during bomb
Metal buildings are durable and provide first-rate protection
from harsh weather, including wind gusts, rain, hail, and snow. Most
metal buildings can be engineered to withstand 140MPH wind loads.
Prefab shop buildings are resistant to termite damage or any other
insect or animal infestations that may compromise the strength or
integrity of your workshop buildings metal walls and roof.
The high strength to weight ratio of steel compared to many other
construction materials ensures its resilience to the elements.
Steel is resistant to fire and therefore is inexpensive to insure. Any
worries about lightning strikes causing fires are forgotten with a steel
workshop, keeping your interior safe.
Low maintenance costs. If maintained properly, steel is resistant to
decay, mildew and rust due to its zinc and aluminum alloy coating.
Steel is an environmentally friendly alternative to wood. The metal is
the most recycled material on the planet and is made using a clean
With a Victory Buildings, erecting metal buildings is quick
and cost-effective compared to traditional ‘stick built’ structures
Here’s Another Benefit of Having a Metal Building – They Are Much
More Low Maintenance Than Wood Buildings
With metal shop buildings, you won’t have to be constantly replacing
parts as is often the case with a wood building due to wood’s tendency
to warp, crack and rot in response to harsh weather conditions such as
rain, snow, and cold temperatures.