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Steel Building Timeline

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Erecting a Topline Steel Building will save you time and money. On average, a Topline Steel Building can be erected two times more quickly than any wood, concrete or block style building. How? We make it simple. Whether you’re a seasoned erector or a do-it-yourselfer, you’ll appreciate how everything comes from the factory pre-aligned, pre-drilled, and pre-welded with very little field work to be done. Also, we provide full sets of construction blue-prints and an erection manual to provide clarity, ease and guidance throughout the erection process.

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What to expect during your steel building erection process

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Step 1: Material Check

When the truck arrives the building material needs to be unloaded and stacked in a way so water will not sit between the sheets and beams are not just laying in the mud. Take the time to inventory all the parts and pieces to make sure everything is on site. The truck driver has a parts list that is easy to follow and check off everything as it is unloaded. If something is damaged or missing make a note on the truck drivers paper work and also notify our office with the details. We want to make sure everything is on site so the installer is not waiting on materials.

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Step 2: Double check & layout frames

Before the actual install process starts make sure you have the proper equipment on site and some time has been spent reading through the drawings and erection manual. Also make sure the anchor bolt placements are correct to insure the building is installed square. Once everything is accounted for start laying out the frames in the correct locations according to the blueprints.

Step 3: Set vertical beams

The steel I-beams along the sidewalls are the first beams put in place. Once all the vertical beams are set on the anchor bolts they are secured by putting the sidewall girts and eave struts on from beam to beam. After this the wind bracing is added to the appropriate bays.

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Step 4: Raise the rafters

The next step is to raise the rafters in place between the two sidewall columns. They are typically bolted together on the ground and raised in the middle by a tele-handler or small crane truck. Once two sets of rafters are set in place, the purlins are added between the rafters. Continue this process until all the bays are connected.

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Step 5: Measure & Bolt

The end walls are then completed and squared with the rest of the building. At this point several measurements need to be made and the walls and roof need to be square to each other. At this points the flange braces are added and the bolts are checked for tightness.

Step 6: Trim out doors & windows

Now that the building is framed the base angle and base trim are added around the perimeter of the building. Next the overhead door frames are added and completely trimmed out. You can also add the walk doors and windows at this point. They are also trimmed out.

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Step 7: Enclose Steel Building

You should be ready to insulate and sheet the walls. We typically start with the wall that gives us the most wind protection once installed to make the install of other walls a little easier. The wall panels are typically predrilled according to the actual girt spacing measured in the field.

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Step 8: Roof & Panel Installation

Once the walls are complete the roof insulation and panels are installed. Start at one end and check you squareness and make sure your modulation is perfect. Take measurements every other panel to make sure you end at the exact right location when you are finished. The ridge cap can be added as you go, this also helps keep the roof going on straight. Make sure you follow the screw patterns detailed in the blueprints.

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Step 9: Finishing Touches

Now that the building is enclosed the eave trim, rake trim and corner trim is added to finish off the building. Other items such at the gutters, downspouts, vents and overhead doors are the last items to be installed.

Step 10: Show off building

Take a bunch of good pictures and email them to us so we can post your new building on the website!