Of the many reasons to choose steel for your next building, easy do-it-yourself assembly ranks as one of the most attractive features for our new and returning customers. If you’re planning to purchase your building in the near future, we’ve got a few helpful tips to guarantee a safe and cost-effective assembly.
Unlike wood buildings that require extensive measuring, cutting, tooling and know-how, our steel buildings arrive in a kit with detailed, illustrated instructions that will take you through the steps to assemble your building on your own. Whether a first-timer or seasoned building erector, it is important to follow these instructions closely and carefully to ensure safety and accuracy. While these buildings are easier to assemble, it still must be done right for the long-term durability and quality of the structure. It can be tempting on your second or third build to toss the manual aside and wing it, but remember that these designs are uniquely suited to meet your needs, and every build can and will differ in important details. Refer to the manual early and often to make sure each step is completed as intended.
It is helpful, especially for first-timers, to visit the site of a fully assembled building to get a better idea of the task at hand. If you aren’t comfortable with the scale of the project, which is sometimes the case for larger builds, don’t hesitate to reach out to local contractors for assistance. We’d be happy to make recommendations should you choose to go this route.
Before getting started, make sure your job site is ready. That includes making enough vertical and horizontal space to unload and lay out parts and move them as necessary. And make sure your concrete foundation has cured, because it can cause problems later in assembly if the foundation was not ready when the building went up.
As with any project, safety comes first. Tools and materials are heavy and potentially dangerous. Be sure every person on site is wearing the proper safety equipment and have been briefed on safety procedures for use of equipment and tools.
When starting the project, be sure to take inventory of all of the materials involved. Mapping a layout of pieces will help greatly as you move through the steps. Do the same for any required tools. Have them on site and ready to be used as necessary.
It helps to divide your building project into smaller sections, building each as its own small project. If you have a large group assisting in assembly, dividing the job can really reduce build time. If you have experienced builders on-site assisting with the project, divide them to attend to each task, or have them oversee work across the project.
When assembling parts of your building, bolt them together before raising as often as possible. Completed sections can be raised and tied together at the purlins.
Be sure to properly install fasteners. They should be tightly seated against the washer. Don’t make any changes to the materials that aren’t instructed in the manual. These buildings are engineered to not require any cutting or welding. Making unnecessary modifications can drastically affect the stability and safety of your building.
If you have questions along the way, always refer to the manual. It is the perfect guide to assembling your steel building exactly as intended.