We would be pleased to go over any design ideas or requirements you might have, and we’ll respond quickly and professionally to your requests.
Our Standard Metal Building Kit Styles:
Sierra Style Building
Perhaps the most popular of our metal building kits, the Sierra represents the style you see most often, and like all of our metal building kits, boasts our stand alone frame system. The stand alone system easily allows you to clad or cover the outside of your building with most any type of exterior material, without modifying the frame system or having to add steel components in order to attach your chosen exterior materials.
Should you elect to use steel panels for the exterior, the panels are attached vertically on the walls and roof, meaning that the formed grooves in the metal are vertical – the best orientation for shedding rain and snow. Based on a long design tradition, the Sierra series building is one of the friendliest and most hassle-free of all building styles.
Mohave Style Building
The Mohave style building gives you all the engineering ruggedness of the Sierra, and very nearly the same look, too – we’ve just managed to make this building a touch more economical for you.
Because the Mohave’s wall panels are attached horizontally rather than vertically (as with the Sierra style) horizontal members between studs (called girts) aren’t needed. This lowers material costs, and makes installation a bit quicker.
Alpine Style Building
Alpine style is popular in areas that experience a lot of snow. The Alpine features a 6/12 pitch roof which is the steepest of all of our models that sport a 3/12 or 4/12 pitch. The roof panels have vertical ribbing which helps shed the snow. The wall panels can be applied either vertically (like our Sierra building) or horizontally (like the Mohave building).
If you plan to finish the interior with drywall you will probably want the vertical siding. With vertical siding, the frame comes with wall girts. You can use the girts on the interior to apply sheet rock.
Another benefit to the Alpine’s steeper roof is that you have to option of using the attic space for light storage.
Sonoran Style Metal Building
The Sonoran metal storage building is Absolute Steel’s version of a “Quonset style” building – but we think it’s got a good deal more style, with its more traditional profile and trim. Note the rounded gable edges. This is our most economical building style, since it it really needs no frame components other than the main vertical supports and rafter system. Simple, good looking and durable.
Our Sonoran style is the least expensive of all our steel buildings. We call it the Sonoran (after the Sonoran desert) because we feel it is best suited for dry climates as the roof panels run horizontally, thereby interrupting some of the water flow off the roof causing a small amount of moisture to hang up on the horizontal ridges of the panels.
While we’ve not had them leak if properly installed, we suggest they not be installed in any climate experiencing much snow or rain as the ridges do prohibit full run off which can cause some snow build up over prolonged periods of winter weather.
It is no secret that the Gambrel style metal building will give you plenty of storage space – that’s precisely why European farmers developed and favored it. They used that high, wide upper area as a hay loft or for other sorts of storage. It’s still popular for storage today, but some people have used that “upstairs” area for a loft or workspace, too.
Because of the many possible framing variations needed for best strength in different sizes of gambrel buildings, we haven’t included this style in our automatic online price quote system – but please give us a call, and any of our representatives will be happy to discuss particulars and pricing with you. See more on the Gambrel building.
Maricopa Style Building
The Maricopa building features a distinctive design – and offers ample useable storage and working space.
Due to engineering considerations, this style is a bit more limited in overall size than our other designs.
The recommended sizes in this style are either 24’ or 30’ wide, by 24’ long, with a 10.5′ high front end and an 8.5’ high back end. The roof’s slope is a gentle 1/12 (1 foot of rise for every 12 feet of horizontal distance), so while it will shed rain just fine, this is not the building for snow country.
Two 10’ wide by 7’ high roll-up doors can be centered on the building’s front end. If you like, steel roofing panels simulating traditional clay tile roofing can be used along the building’s front roof overhang.
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