There are two main types of designs for pre-fabricated steel buildings: Quonset huts and straight wall buildings. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Both are ideal choices for a wide range of structures. No matter which type you go with, you can make your building as large as you would like.
Quonset huts are also known as “arch designs.” A Quonset hut is essentially that — a single large arch forming an enclosure. The ends of the arch can be walled up or not; that is up to you.
There are three models of Quonset huts:
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Why go with a Quonset hut instead of a straight wall design? They are renowned for their strength. They can stand up to harsh weather conditions and withstand everything from hurricanes to earthquakes. They cost about 30% less than their straight wall counterpart.
Straight Wall Steel Buildings
Straight Wall steel buildings are exactly what they sound like—your traditional buildings with straight walls and a flat ceiling. You can choose a variety of roof spans. There are a number of different designs for straight wall buildings, including Straight Column, Gable, Beam and Column, and Lean-to, also known as a “Wing.”[table “2” not found /]
Why go with a straight wall building instead of a Quonset hut
The main advantages are aesthetic, since Quonset huts technically offer more in terms of cost-savings and structural stability. Some people simply prefer the traditional style of straight walls and a roof-over-the-arch look. These buildings are still quite sturdy and stable, thanks to their pre-fabricated steel construction. In our next section, read on to learn all about steel building foundations.