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5 things to look out for when constructing metal buildings

If you’re considering a metal building for your construction needs, it’s important to keep in mind a few key points. Metal buildings offer many benefits over traditional construction methods, but they also have some drawbacks that you should be aware of before making the switch.

Here are five things to look out for when constructing metal buildings.


Make sure the building has adequate ventilation. Adequate ventilation can be defined as around 10 cubic feet per minute of free air for every 100 square feet of floor area. This means that you should have a minimum of 1,000 CFM in your metal building, but it’s best to aim for 2,000 CFM or more. You may be wondering how you determine if your metal building already has adequate ventilation, or if you need to add more fans and vents to meet the recommended level. There are several ways to check!

Walk inside and feel the temperature with your hand (you shouldn’t be able to tell if it’s hot). If there isn’t enough airflow through the structure, parts will become hotter than others; this can lead to poor indoor air quality and safety issues.


Insulation is important for any metal building. The roof, walls and floor can all be insulated to keep your building warm in the winter and cool in the summer. There are many different types of insulation to choose from, such as fiberglass batts, polyurethane spray foam (SPF), rigid foam board or sheets, expanded polystyrene (EPS), mineral wool blanket rolls (MWB) and loose-fill cellulose (LFC).

In some cases, you may need to add an extra layer of insulation on top of what was already there before construction began. If this is the case, then our team would recommend using SPF because it provides better R-values than other types of insulation materials, which means more energy savings during heating season months.


The foundation is the first thing you should look at when building your metal building. It should be large enough to support the size of your structure and securely in place. This can be done by digging down at least as deep as your steel building will be tall, then laying a concrete foundation that rests on top of solid ground.

You should keep in mind that these exterior walls are typically made from corrugated steel and come in varying colors, so make sure they match your design preferences before purchasing them!

Building Codes

Building codes are designed to protect the safety of the community and its residents. These guidelines are put into place by a specialized committee or board, which will then review the proposed building plans to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations. Building codes vary from state to state; they can sometimes even vary within a state, depending on where you live. 

You might also have different building codes, depending on whether or not your facility is classified as commercial or residential use. There may be additional steps required for certain types of buildings, such as schools, churches and hospitals, due to their special nature; however, these are typically minor differences compared to what’s required for general commercial construction projects.

Metal buildings are a flexible and affordable solution for many construction needs There are many benefits to constructing a metal building. It is an affordable, flexible option that can be used for a wide range of purposes. From farm buildings and garages to barns or workshops, metal structures are an excellent choice for your needs! Contact Apex Contracting Services today by calling (334) 568-9044.

5 things to look out for when constructing metal buildings

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