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Metal Buildings 101

Metal Building Types

Gable-Roof Symmetrical Pre Engineered Metal Building

GABLE SYMMETRICAL ROOF

Perhaps the most common type of metal building, it is identified by the center ridge.

Gable-Roof Asymmetrical Pre Engineered Metal Building

GABLE ASYMMETRICAL ROOF

Due to usage needs of the metal building, slopes can vary on either side of the ridge giving the building owner much needed flexibility. 

Single Slope Pre Engineered Metal Building

SINGLE SLOPED ROOF

Another popular type of metal building. They are identified by a high eave and low eave. Gutters and downspouts are only required on one side.

Lean-To Pre Engineered Metal Building

LEAN-TO

Adding on to an existing metal building? A lean-to will allow you to extend your metal building in an efficient and cost effective way!

Environmental Factors

Hurricane Hardiness Metal Building

HURRICANE STRENGTH

The Caribbean is arguably the most hurricane-prone region in the world. A metal building in this region is subjected to some of the strictest wind codes on the planet, sometimes exceeding 180 mph. Caribbean Structural Systems is proud of how our buildings have fared in several severe hurricanes.

Metal Building Near Ocean

SALTWATER PROTECTION

  A metal building is a large investment. Maximizing usage time should be a major goal of any end user. The beautiful oceans of the Caribbean also present a challenge that must be mitigated in the form of corrosion and rust. Caribbean Structural Systems recommends galvanizing exposed elements of steel to defend against rust; in some extreme environments it is non-negotiable. Luckily, this application is widely used and can be applied cost-effectively.

Seismic Hardiness Metal Building

SEISMIC PROVISIONS

If hurricanes weren't enough, several Caribbean Islands must confront earthquake dangers as well.  The International Building Code prescribes strict procedures that a metal building must adhere to in a seismically active area. Caribbean Structural Systems is well-versed in these seismic provisions and designs all structures to meet or exceed all hurricane and seismic lateral loads. 

Customization

metal building bay spacing

BAY SPACING

Computer-aided design programs have allowed metal building engineers to pinpoint the optimal bay spacing for functionality and cost. Our smoothest projects are "Design-Builds" where we can work with the architect to maximize building efficiency without sacrificing architectural requirements.

Metal Building Paint Options

PAINT OPTIONS

A metal building owner has a good amount of flexibility when determine how the finished product will look. Individual metal building suppliers provide several color options for roof and wall panels including KYNAR options that will withstand the elements better. The actual structure typically comes in gray or red.

Metal Building Wall Panels

WALL PANELS

 Wall cladding is no longer limited to traditional R-panel (corrugated metal found at most warehouses). Improvements in precast architectural wall panels have lead to an explosion of innovative and aesthetically attractive metal building finishes.

Metal Building Insulation

INSULATION OPTIONS

There is a sweet spot between function and cost when it comes to insulation. Based off the intended use of the metal building, whether it will be air conditioned, and the local energy codes, Caribbean Structural Systems can provide our professional opinion on the best course of action. 

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ROOFING

Several factors pertaining to the metal building's roof will affect price and functionality. Caribbean Structural Systems can help building owners weight the pros and cons of roof types, roof materials, pitch of the roof, and roofing insulation options 

Accessories

Solar arrays on metal building

SOLAR PANELS

The abundance of sun makes solar panels a popular option in the Caribbean. If you wish to add them to your metal building, be mindful of the kind of roof you are selecting. Placing solar panels on a screw-down roof will cause more roof penetrations which may lead to future leaks. We recommend a standing seam roof because several solar arrays have clip systems that allow easy mounting installation with no penetrations.

metal building cranes

OVERHEAD CRANE

If an overhead crane will be a part of your metal building, the building can be pre-engineered with those loads incorporated. By including these loads from the beginning, the building's frame can be used as support thereby optimizing the design. Caribbean Structural Systems can also provide the crane if requested!

Metal Building roll up door

OVERHEAD DOORS

The wind rating of an overhead door is of vital importance. Caribbean Structural Systems works with a series of fabricators to ensure that all roll-up & personnel doors supplied to the Caribbean have a MIAMI-DADE COUNTY NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE (NOA). Miami-Dade County is amongst the strictest product approvers in the world.  

Metal building mezzanine

MEZZANINES

Adding a mezzanine to your metal building? With a PE on staff, Caribbean Structural Systems can design and supply the optimal mezzanine - taking into account code provisions and cost-efficiency.