All buildings, whether wood frame or engineered metal, require a solid foundation before they can be constructed. Without a proper foundation, the building will not be stable, leading to potential collapse and damage to your property. While foundations look like little more than concrete slabs, they can be just as complex as the structure itself. Here are a few things to keep in mind when laying the foundation for your metal building.
Different Type of Foundation
Since metal buildings are lighter than steel and wood framework, the foundation will have different properties. When mounted to a traditional foundation, the buildings can be susceptible to uplift during windy conditions. The foundation must be constructed to accommodate the heavy anchors designed to secure the building to the slab without damaging the concrete itself. When searching for a contractor, make sure they’re familiar with pouring foundations for metal buildings. The last thing you want to do is watch your building be damaged from high winds. Remember, Fort Worth is right in the middle of Tornado Alley, and high winds are commonplace.
Soil type and conditions vary from location to location, even on the same property. Clay-heavy soils respond to heavy loads differently than sandy soil, and your foundation needs will be adjusted depending on the soil type at the build site. It’s best to get your soil evaluated before beginning any kind of construction so your contractor knows what they’re working with before starting the project. Having a good understanding of the soil types will better prepare them to lay the right kind of foundation for your building.
JAG Metals LLC wants to help you create the best metal building for your home or business. Whether you’re looking for metal roofing materials or are seeking a bolt-up building, we’re your best choice in Fort Worth. We stand behind our products and offer a 40-year limited warranty on our materials. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today.