All Steel Is NOT The Same – Better Steel, Better Buildings
When you invest in a SteelMaster building, you’ll get the most from your investment in a top-of-the-line, quality steel structure.
Three of the major factors that can determine an arch steel building’s strength are the grade, gauge of the steel, and depth of the corrugation of the steel.
The grade of the steel is the quality, which translates to strength and durability. This is as, if not more, important than the gauge.
The gauge of your steel will largely depend on your location’s snow and wind load requirements, in addition to the size of the building.
For example, if your building site is in an area with heavy snow, you will need to use a thicker gauge of steel to support the extra weight snow adds onto the structure so your building doesn’t fail.
Arch-style steel buildings typically range between 12 to 26 gauge steel, with 26 sheeting being the steel industry standard. However, SteelMaster uses no less than 22 gauge and up to 12 gauge steel, so your building will be as durable and long-lasting as possible.
For all 22 and 20 gauge panels, we use 80 grade steel panels (80,000 PSI)–the strongest in the arch steel building industry.
Other steel building companies use grade 40 or 50 grade steel panels, which is 40 to 50% weaker than our grade 80 steel panels. Those panels flex more, thus making them more difficult to install.
Your SteelMaster structure also comes with the most up-to-date hardware on the market.
Although steel is already an extremely strong material, sheets of steel can be made even stronger through corrugation in a process of making ridges and grooves in the metal. SteelMaster has designed our panels with deep corrugation of 7.5” to 9.5” depth depending on the model, which gives it super strength and durability.
We only use commercial grade bolts and self-locking, salt spray tested hex head nuts with pre recessed polyethylene washers (LDPE). This is an industrial strength plastic that won’t crack and has zero water absorption.
Other companies use a Neoprene washer which is a rubber product that can melt in hot temps, crack in cold temps and can take on water and potentially leak. The flat square nuts supplied by other arch steel building companies have no locking mechanism, which can cause bolts to loosen over time and cause the building to leak and weaken.
All SteelMaster structures, whether they are specifically manufactured to be rated green or eco-friendly, LEED certified or not, are made of at least 80 percent recycled steel.
Best Anti-Corrosive Agent On the Market – Longevity And Durability
The 55% Aluminum-43.4% Zinc and 1.6% silicon by weight Galvalume Plus coating applied on SteelMaster products provides exceptional corrosion resistance in a variety of environments.
Compared with regular galvanized steel, Galvalume can provide twice the corrosion protection, of at least 30 years before oxidation occurs in most environments, and with improved protection.
SteelMaster structures are coated with Galvalume Plus, which is supplied with the exact same metallic coating as Galvalume, but with an additional thin clear acrylic coating applied on top.
Galvalume Plus provides excellent resistance to storage and transit staining and also resists fingerprinting during handling and the assembly process.
The organic coating also serves as a dry lubricant during processing, which eliminates the need for oils that can make the surface slippery and a safety concern for workers on-site.
Plus, the acrylic coating provides a bright attractive appearance that further enhances the look of Galvalume, and extends it beyond standard treatments.
Galvalume coating (AZ55) is thinner than our AZ60/AZM180 Galvalume Plus and will not last as long or repel as much light. Galvalume (AZ55) arrives oily and will smudge, smear, fade and discolor more rapidly than Galvalume Plus.
Expert Building Specialists and Engineers – Experience To Meet Any Engineering Challenge
Established in 1982 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, SteelMaster Buildings has served over 50,000 customers from across all 50 states and over 40 countries.
SteelMaster’s team of building experts has the experience to manage a variety of engineering requirements. We will work with you every step of the way to figure out the design and specifications you need to create the steel Quonset hut you envision.
Many steel building companies only include factory blueprints or engineered plans that are not state stamped by a licensed professional engineer, thus making them not sufficient to obtain local building permits and putting at risk your structure’s ability to protect your valuables.
Other companies may charge thousands or more for blueprints following the sale of the building, if they even have the ability to produce them (which many do not).
However, every SteelMaster building comes with state stamped engineered blueprints at no up charge. These blueprints are stamped by our in-house licensed engineer and will meet all your local snow, wind and seismic load requirements with the current version of AISC, AISI, NEMA and ASTM specifications at the time of manufacturing.
Engineer For The Worst and Hope For the Best – Disaster Resistant Engineering
Technically speaking, no building company can claim that their building is 100 percent disaster proof, but our buildings are built to withstand a wide variety of environmental factors.
SteelMaster’s disaster resistant structures increase the chances that your building will survive a severe weather event intact due to the strength in their design. Our arch system is High Velocity Hurricane Zone certified and can be designed to withstand winds over 200 miles per hour.
In addition to its super strong steel, the arch design of a Quonset hut allows for wind to evenly distribute its loads by transferring pressure to the bottom of each arch. Each arch is bolted together and overlaps to ensure maximum strength against winds. Arches are then bolted to their foundations, keeping heavy wind from infiltrating the building’s overlapping joints.
During our design process, snow loads are calculated and the hemispherical shape and steel thickness allows it to stand up to heavy snow loads. Our X-Model building is popular for locations with heavy snow because of its pitched slope makes it easier for heavy snow to slide right off. Additionally, SteelMaster has certified snow loads of 300 per square foot and greater.
Our Quonset huts are made from non-combustible steel, meaning that the steel itself won’t burn and can survive a fire. To ensure this, our steel passed a test in which it was subjected to 750°C (1382°F) controlling temperature for 15 minutes in an apparatus determined by the standard method of testing. The steel did not raise the temperature, flame or lose mass, which deemed it to be non-combustible.
LEED Certified Buildings – Eco-Friendly While Still Being Budget Friendly
LEED rating systems assess the architectural design and performance features of a building for “green and sustainable” attributes.
Due to steel’s recycled content and functional properties, building products made from our steel can be credited with the maximum number of points for the Materials & Resources Credit aspect of the LEED rating system.
Our steel building products contribute positively toward points under credits 4.1 and 4.2 of the LEED rating system:
- Credit 4.1 (1 point) “Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of postconsumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least10% (based on cost) of the total value of the materials in the project.”
- Credit 4.2 (1 point) “Use materials with recycled content such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus one-half of the pre-consumer content constitutes at least 20% of the total value of the materials in the project.”
In addition to recycled content, steel can contribute toward several other LEED credits, either directly or indirectly.
Steel is dimensionally stable and, when properly designed, can provide an exceptionally tight building envelope for less air loss and better HVAC performance over time.
Plus, our steel is made to exact specifications, so on-site waste is minimized. Any excess material from demolition or construction can be easily recycled.
William Swafford, Senior Design Specialist for SteelMaster Buildings, has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USCGB) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate certification.
“With my interest in all areas of green building structures and alternative green solutions, it was a conscious decision on my part to pursue the LEED course and credentials,” William said. “There may be other companies that construct what they refer to as green buildings, but I am confident SteelMaster is the only steel building company with this knowledge, experience and certification to offer our partners and customers.”
William’s qualification for program enrollment was supported by the fact that he has already designed two LEED-certified SteelMaster green buildings. The first one is World Resource Company in Taiwan, and the second is the City of Austin’s Animal Shelter in Texas.
Customer Testimonials To Our Design & Engineering Excellence
“The professionals at SteelMaster guided us through the entire project from design to permits and even worked with our county to address our particular building codes. Thanks to the SteelMaster professionals, our motor home is now protected from the weather, our family parties are better than ever and we no longer have an electric bill. We have recommended SteelMaster to our neighbors and consider ourselves part of the SteelMaster Family for life!”
–Bob & Lisa W.| Riverside, California
“We are extremely pleased with the SteelMaster Quonset building that we purchased. Everyone we spoke to at the company was insightful and helpful from the original order, to modifications of skylights and bases. We received thorough drawings and instructions for code review. Love the building and it is enduring our heavy snow Minnesota winters perfectly. As an architect, I have gotten many requests for information about it from neighbors or people who have seen it online. I have recommended SteelMaster wholeheartedly.”
–Kara H. | Togo, Minnesota
“I bought the SteelMaster S-Model building to store my haying equipment. A few days before my building was scheduled to ship I decided to increase the length. I called [my building specialist] and he worked out the details including a new certified blueprint. The building still shipped as scheduled. I would recommend SteelMaster to anyone who wants a high-quality building at a fair price.”
–Steven G. | Colmesneil, Texas