Metal Buildings 101
Metal Building Types
GABLE SYMMETRICAL ROOF
Perhaps the most common type of metal building, it is identified by the center ridge.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.