What are the differences in roof styles?

Verical Roof

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Vertical Roof Style: This is an a-frame roof with the roofing panels installed vertically (the ridges run vertical for easier run off of debris and rain). The hat channels(cross supports) are used to support the roofing panels and add strength to the building. This style also has a "ridge cap". Vertical roofs also use a boxed trim on the ends as well as the eves. This dresses it up.There is a minimal overhang on the sides as well as the ends. My Steel Structure recommends that all buildings over 36' long,go with a vertical roof. (Otherwise you will have horizontal run ridges overlapping.)

Boxed Eve A Frame


Boxed Eave Style: This is an a-frame roof with the roofing panels installed running horizontally (from front to back). This look is still appealing but  is less expensive than the vertical roof because it has less material in it. 

Rounded Roof Style

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Regular Style: This style features a rounded bend frame design with roofing panels installed horizontally.There is small overhang on the front and back end but not the sides as they follow the contour of the frame. The biggest benefits of this style is clearance (as it gives you the most) and price (it is the least expensive). 

Frequently Asked Questions

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How wide do I need?

 This is a general guide to get an idea. To talk to a professional, please call or email us .  (The picture to the left contains a Tundra in an 18' wide.)  

12’wide- definitely a single vehicle 

18’wide- 2 small cars ( corolla, volt)

20’ wide- 2 medium sized (Camry, accord)

22’wide- 2 bigger cars ( Avalon, BMW 7 series)

24’wide - 2 Full sized or Over sized (Most trucks and SUV's)

***Widths go up in 2' increments but we can always customize your metal building***

How level does my lot have to be?

It is crucial that the site be level for the installation of the customer’s building prior to delivery.An un-level installation site will cause issues such as the building leaning, entry doors may not operate properly and it may render the building un-square. Customers, please be aware that we only have 2 to 3" to work with. If the location isn’t level and the crew has to level the site, there will be a labor charge added to the installation and that charge is up to the crew depending on work to be done. If the crew has to return the building to the manufacturer, there will be additional charges to deliver the building back to the customer.That is why it is so important to have your site ready for install.

Can I make my building taller?

This is probably been one of the biggest request over the years. The answer, is yes. But it is definitely not cost feasible to do so.In order to perform this task, the metal building would have to be disassembled,then the legs changed out and then reassembled. The labor charges alone would be 25% of the original price.

The way to avoid this is when purchasing the structure, make sure you get one tall enough for future needs. We can always come back to close in the sides or ends or add a door. The one thing that is darn near impossible is to make it taller.

What is a Certified Building?

A certified building refers to one that has been designed by a state licensed engineer to meet the building code requirements for your area, whether that be a wind load or a snow load. A certified building is built as stated in the plans for it. These plans can be obtained at an additional cost. If you get a certified building, then you will be able to get a permit if needed. (ALL BUILDINGS SOLD IN FLORIDA WILL BE CERTIFIED)  An un-certified structure means it was not designed by an engineer and no plans are available for this structure. This make it unable to permit. 

Do you pour concrete or perform site prep?

 An un-level lot may result in a building that is leaning, difficulty in squaring, and an additional labor charge for crew to level. Concrete may be available in some areas.

How big does my concrete slab need to be for my steel structure?

Well there is not just one simple answer because depending on which manufacturer is producing and installing your building, it may differ. Contact us for slab requirements in your area and for your metal garage or carport. Building codes do change occasionally.