Steel Kit Barns: Construction A to Z

Steel Kit Barns: Construction A to Z

Barns are agricultural buildings that can be used to store grain or hay, keep livestock, or store farm implements and machinery. Barns can be constructed of many shapes and sizes, depending on the requirement of the farmer. It is possible to get steel kits for barns that are pre-engineered and prefabricated and these kits have many advantages over the traditional form of a building. They can also be constructed in very quick time.

A Guide to Building Your Barn From a Steel Kit

When you buy a steel kit for a barn you are given steel fabricated pieces that will fit together easily as they have been pre-cut to the exact required dimensions. When you order a kit, you will get all the structural materials needed, including columns, trusses, siding, roofing and all required fasteners and wall and door trims. Included in the price of the kit, will be details of required concrete for the foundations. When you place your order for these kits, it is better if you share with the manufacturer your exact requirements, the use of the barn and other relevant details. They will then be able to suggest the right size of a barn for you and will suggest various alternatives for roofing, siding, doors and other things that will make your assembled barn the useful space that you want it to be. They can even ask to visit your farm to make the right assessments and recommendations. You can then select the right one, finalise the price and delivery and ask them for details of foundation or base work that you need to carry out before the kit reaches your farm. You will do well to check whether you need any building permissions and the building code that needs to be followed. Your kit supplier can help you out in this, as they will be aware of all regulations in every area.

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The steps to building a steel kit barn are fairly simple. You need to create the pad at the base level and the foundations as suggested by the kit manufacturer. You need to clear the area you have chosen level it and keep enough space all around to facilitate construction. Kit manufacturers will have delivery times that will give you enough time to undertake the base and foundation work, but even if they are able to supply your kit immediately, you can always take up the base and foundations work, and arrange to store the kit you have received in a safe place. In case some of the items are heavy you may need to make arrangements for cranes or other lifting equipment to help you with the assembly work. Once you foundations are ready and have gained strength, uncrate the received kit parts and go through the assembly instructions very carefully. Arrange for all the tools that will be listed in these instructions, before you start any work so that your work does not get interrupted because of a lack of the proper tools. Normally, these tools will be just torque wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers, power drills and some items that are easy to procure.

Once you receive the kit, go through the contents and parts list and check that you have received everything. Bring any shortages to the notice of the supplier and get the necessary replacements. Every part of the kit will be numbered and these same numbers will be referred to in the assembly instructions. Follow the sequence suggested by the manufacturer as they know exactly how the assembly should proceed. You will have to start with the poles or columns for which you have already made the foundations. Erect each column in the exact foundation for it. You may be asked to leave anchor bolts in the foundations that you cast, or leave pockets for them. This must be done very carefully and all foundation work must be accurate so that the structure fits in perfectly. Tighten the foundation bolts to the tightness suggested and ensure that your columns are plumb and in their correct positions. It can do no harm to check the dimensions between columns so that you do not have any problems at a later stage.

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The columns will have rafters and purlins as part of the kit, which then needs to be erected. These are structural members that connect the erected columns and give the entire structure the required strength and rigidity. Keep checking the dimensions of your assembly so that you do not have problems later. The next step is to erect the trusses. You may require lifting devices for this or a lot of muscle power with the aid of chain and block tackles. In this case, you may require erecting a temporary scaffolding that allows you to work at heights. Take proper safety precautions if you have to work at heights and see that you are properly equipped with hard hats, gloves and safety harnesses. Once all the trusses are erected, you will then have to put in place the connecting rafters and purlins that complete the framework for your steel barn. Make a final check on all fasteners making sure that you go sequentially so that you do not miss a single connection.

At this stage, you may want to paint the structure to a color of your choice. Most steel barn kits will come to you with some form of anti-rust treatment and you can also ask them to use specific paint for your kit, in case you want this to be done in factory controlled conditions. Once the paint has dried, you can proceed with the work to put up the roof sheeting and side cladding, door frames and other things that are part of your kit. Your steel barn made from a kit is now ready for use.

Make sure that you maintain it regularly so that it gives you long years of service. Just cleaning the structure and the siding and the roof is easy with just soap and water. One great advantage you have with a steel kit barn is that you can disassemble it and re-erect it at another place if you so desire.

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