Steel Building Installation In 7 Easy Steps

One of the best things about steel buildings are the ease of installation. They require much less effort and come with pre-cut parts. Such effortlessness easily lends them the moniker of future buildings.

Get a Permit

No matter what kind of building you are erecting, the first step is always to get a permit for it from the authorities. Failure to obtain a legal permit can not only cost you fines, but you may even be compelled to tear down the building.

Choose Your Site

One of the most important tasks before beginning the construction process is to select an appropriate site. Area, space, soil quality all play a huge factor into this choice. For example, the soil you choose may have pure drainage, or the area may lie of a wetland susceptible to collapse. It is always useful to hire a professional to evaluate the space.

Ground Layout

Senior Airman Christopher Schlembach assists Master Sgt. Joseph Brown in setting anchor bolts for street lights while Tech. Sgt. William Dragolovich supervises in Oahu, Hawaii. 

The first step in your construction is to lay the foundation. The blueprint you commissioned, or prepared should be detailed enough to locate where to set the anchor bolts. The slab should be flat and firmly in place. Without a good foundation, the entire building may collapse.


Framing consists of rafters and I-Beams. Usually, they are provided already cut, welded and punched to minimize installation hassles. The I-Beams and rafters are the heaviest portions and you will need considerable muscle in order to install them. Bolt and fasten to the foundation.

Second Framing

After the primary framing, purlins, grits, frame openings are added. Once again, they may come pre-cut and pre-punched for ease of installation. After secondary framing, the wall panels can be added.


Now, you can install the smaller components. The insulation goes up and the wall panels are added. The latter are fastened to the secondary framing. After the walls, comes the roof. Roof panels will be adhered to the secondary framing. Weather-stripping may be added to the panels which can check leaks.

Trims and Accessories

Finally, you need to decorate according to your aesthetic. Trims enhance the look while keeping the weather out. Windows, doors, vents etc. can also be added.

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