Steel Building Information

We understand that it can be a little intimidating talking about metal buildings, even if you have experience in traditional construction. Many times we talk about roof pitch, bay spacing, eave height, and on and on.  We are really just trying to get everything how you want it on your building. This Steel Building Information page was created to help you understand a few of the terms we use.

If at any time you need clarification, please ask us to explain.  We want you to be as informed as possible to make the best decision on your steel building.


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What makes a Renegade Steel Building different?

There are several companies that provide steel buildings, so how do you choose?  That's a great question.  The first determination is to make sure you are comparing apples to apples.  There are several structures that people refer to as a steel building or metal building, but they are not all built the same.

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Renegade Red Iron Steel Building

The quality metal building that we offer

The frame of the building is comprised of steel I-beams for the columns and rafters and steel secondary members for wall girts, roof purlins and framed openings. The mainframe columns are engineered to be anchor bolted to the concrete foundation. We utilize 26 gauge metal panels for the roof and walls with even thicker material available. This is commonly referred to as a Pre-Engineered, Red Iron Steel Building.

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Pole Barn "Steel Building"

Cheap, wood frame building sold by other companies

The structure of this building is comprised of wood poles placed in the ground, wooden girts & purlins, and wooden trusses. Many times, thinner 29 gauge metal panels are used for the panels.  The wooden poles are more flexible allowing the building to move or sway in the wind.  This movement can have adverse effects on the structure and weather seal.

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Quonset Hut

Cheaper building sold by other companies

A rounded or arch style steel building with no internal framing similar to the old military style buildings. There is no internal support as the arch style of the panels create a self supporting structure. This design has limitations on widths and the radius design decreases usable internal wall space.

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Tube Frame "Steel Building"

Cheapest building sold by local companies

This style building uses an aluminum square tube for the building structure. The building can be placed on concrete or gravel with nothing more than a mobile home anchor. Typically, thinner 29 gauge metal panels are used to sheet the building.

Which style building is right for you?

When making your decision on the building type you need, there are several factors that determine the best fit.

Obviously price is always a factor for any project.  The old saying "you get what you pay for" rings true with metal buildings.  You are paying for the amount of steel that makes up your building.  Cheaper options tend to be lighter weight and less rigid.

Longevity can be a factor as well.  The building we sell is virtually maintenance free.  No worries about termites or rot along with a 25 year finish warranty to give you peace of mind knowing your building will last.  Not to mention the fact that every building we sell is engineered for the state and location it is going.  This means your Steel Building is designed for your local loads, certified and supplied with stamped, engineered plans.

Glossary of Steel Building Terms

Now that you have all the steel building information, fill out our form to get your quick quote.