Texas Steel Buildings and Metal Carport Systems
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At Absolute Steel Texas we’re dedicated to constant improvement. This page will address particular components of our metal buildings and steel carports and why we make them the way we do. Where ever possible, we included pictures for greater illustration.
We have a great deal of experience in metal roofing panels and various other kinds of metal roofing. It’s only natural that we would because of our years of experience in using them to "skin out” our steel building frame systems. Absolute Steel has taken advantage of those years of experience in metal roofing and is now one of the largest distributors of metal roofing in America through its site www.metalroofingsource.com
So to say we know steel panels would be an understatement. We know them well and want you to know that we use only steel panels with minimum yield strength of 80,000 pounds or 40 tons of pressure per square inch. That means the steel used on the exterior of our Texas metal buildings and steel carports can withstand that kind of pressure before "going plastic” or "yielding”.
We insist on the best protective paint system on those panels as well and invite you to learn more about that at our Available Colors page where you can also read the terms of the 20, 30 and 40 year paint warranty against fading, chalking or peeling.
Steel Frame System
There is a reason our metal buildings and steel carports are in use by all branches of the US Armed Services. Its simple—they have their specifications and we meet or exceed them. Our steel is tested and proven to be stronger and more corrosive resistant than any other steel on the market.
We use 65,000 psi minimum yield strength steel in all our metal buildings in Texas. The competition uses a maximum of 50,000 psi steel and in most cases you have no idea what strength the steel is because it’s from Mexico or China where they don’t have to meet any strength criteria.
Texas Metal Building Components Without Compromise
Base Rail System
The base of your metal building or steel carport needs strength and support - it is at the foundation of any structure. The rest of the building depends on it and the most stress is put on it. Absolute Steel uses an insert system which means none of those base rail uprights contain any fabricated parts which can lead to weakened connections. In other words, we don’t use any type of crush, rolling or bending process in the vertical uprights of our base rails. This causes a bit more labor but we think it's worth it. Here’s why:
- At the bottom is where condensation and water can damage your base rail system. We like using rugged 14 gauge steel pins or inserts there because the thicker, consistent connections bear the weight of the structure better than machined or formed parts.
- All the upright vertical inserts pieces are 12” tall which gives you more ability to adjust for any onsite irregularities on your land and uncompromised steel is the strongest way to achieve that.
- The connection at the base rails needs a very consistent fit—sometimes two people or more are holding the frame system up while having it slip down over the insert or pin. If this didn’t go on easily and still fit like a glove, we’d have you getting grumpy at us.
The Worst Connection
A Better Connection
The BEST Connection
Side Walls - An easier assembly and a stronger wall.
1. It stands to reason that a single piece sidewall is going to be stronger than one that uses multiple pieces.
2. Less connections to join together makes for less man hours during assembly.
3. You get a perfectly straight wall that can easily be adjusted in the field if necessary.
These two pictures illustrate a multiple piece sidewall (inserted pieces used to extend a sidewall height).
Their Multi-Piece Sidewall
It stands to reason that the more
parts you have, the less overall
strength you'll have. Not to mention the
extra work involved!
Our Single Piece Sidewall
This is ours. There's no additional
parts to mess with, and by virtue of
there being no connections, you'll
have a stonger sidewall!
Peak and Eave Bends - The Power Bend
Everyone knows how steel is made stronger with curves and angles. Think of the body of your car; if it did not have those contours and angles, the car body would not be as strong as it is. We apply the same principal to our bending process to ensure strength.
When we fabricate the Power Bend for our metal buildings and steel carports our process adds six more surfaces/angles to the bend so instead of weakening the steel, we strengthen it.
Let’s look at the different ways bends are created and see for ourselves why Absolute Steel makes a better product:
The Crush Bend
This is the worst technique.
It weakens the steel precisely where it should not. As a side note—look at the joints; they only used one screw on each side. That kind of laziness will result in someone getting hurt!
The Mandrel Bend
The company that produces this makes the claim "smooth mandrel bend for a cleaner look and stronger bend transition”.
We beg to differ. You can’t stretch metal and make it stronger.
See the stress marks on the tube where its been stretched? Those are now severely weakened areas exactly where you don’t want them.
The POWER BEND
The Power Bend is a result of rolling the excess steel while the curvature is created. The rolled edging now gives strength to the transition curve.
Not only do we have the original integrity of the steel intact, we have added strength and durability.
Swedging is the term used for reducing tubular steel. The swedge (a reduced end) is what slips into another length of tube steel. Just like the bending process, you have the crush reduction, the mandrel reduction and then you have how its done right if you want your Texas metal building or steel carport to last and be safe.
Crush Reduction Swedge
Not only is it ugly, it’s not very smart: part of the integrity of the joining members is a snug, close fit. Strength is added that way. There’s certainly a reduction in strength with a Crush Reduction causing all that air space instead of fitting like it should.
This is a bit closer to what’s needed but still misses the mark. The missing feature is the rolled edge corners that give more structural strength to the tube.
Not only do our swedges fit like a glove causing more actual contact between both pieces of steel, its corners are rolled to give it more strength.
Our swedges are so exacting that we have certain parts of our Texas metal buildings and steel carports that actually telescope. That means that the same parts can be used with various heights. Thinking ahead like that gives you or your installer an easier to assemble product and it's more efficient for us - and that means the best possible pricing.
That’s efficiency in design!