Steel Frame Kit Technical Details

The free-standing steel frame is the core of our building kits

Our steel carports and RV covers are made only from the same US steel that we use in our metal buildings. We do this because that’s the only assurance we have that the steel meets engineering specifications. To do otherwise would be fraudulent and neglectful. Foreign steel, which is used by many of our competitors, is just like canned soup from Mexico – do you want to believe the purported ingredients?

Besides using honest materials, we use larger sized steel, stronger steel and a more corrosive resistant steel than the competition. While this may not mean much to you right now, it will mean the world when the first storm hits.


This will NOT be you….

Interior

This one is still for sale


Bathroom

Another still for sale


Kitchen

Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.


Our buildings are engineered to stand up to the toughest weather.

Now here’s one of our carports erected in south Florida that experienced Hurricane Wilma, one of the fiercest storms to ever hit the East Coast.Hurricane Wilma was the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. Wilma made several landfalls, with the most destructive effects felt in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, Cuba, and the U.S. state of Florida. At least 62 deaths were reported, and damage is estimated at over $29.1 billion, ranking Wilma among the top 5 costliest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic and the fourth costliest storm in U.S. history. This hurricane crossed Florida carrying winds of 110 to 120 MPH. Strong enough to be one of the top 5 most damaging hurricanes, but NOT STRONG ENOUGH to damage an Absolute Steel structure!



So what does all this mean to you?


  • It means you’re getting the best possible value in a steel carport or RV cover that your money can buy.
  • It means you’re getting the same integrity in American craftsmanship and materials that the “big boys” do.
  • It means you’re getting the best warranty in the business. Our frame systems have a conditional lifetime warranty and the steel panels have a paint warranty against fading, chalking or peeling for 20, 30 and even 50 years depending upon which you purchase.
  • It means you’re getting a better selection of models to choose from than you would from any other company in North America.
  • It means by choosing an Absolute Steel Texas steel carport or RV cover that you can order engineered plans—something that no other tubular steel building system manufacturer in Texas can do.

Technical Information

We constantly work to improve our products and have done so over many years. This page briefly illustrates the products we use in your Texas steel carport or RV cover frame and some information on why we fabricate things the way we do.


Please take a moment to understand the unique characteristics of our metal carports and RV covers. Any explanations or pictures of similar products are furnished only for comparative evaluation.

Exterior Panels


You should know that Absolute Steel through its sister website Metal Roofing Source distributes metal roofing panels throughout North America and has done so for many years. We supply many companies and government agencies that have strict specifications with regards to the properties of the steel panels that are acceptable.


To give you a real life example: if your painted exterior panels are going to be used in Cargill’s salt mines of Ohio with salty moisture dripping on them daily, which ours are, you’ve got to deliver the best and that’s exactly what we do:


Steel Frame System


There’s a lot we have to say about the US steel we use in our Texas steel carports and RV cover frames but for our purposes here, we need to discuss our fabrication process and why we make parts the way we do.


Base Rail System


As the base rail system bears the maximum load of the structure itself, we do not use a swedged (mechanically reduced) piece of tube to fit up into the sidewall of your metal carport or RV cover. Instead we use single 14 gauge insert tube (insert tube is slightly smaller: 1 ¾” x 2 ¾”) for each vertical upright to slip onto. Why would we do this when we have the equipment to reduce/swedge the ends of 2×3 steel that we use throughout the frame and therefore could avoid this costly step?

The two reasons why are:

  1. At the bottom, where condensation can collect, you have uniform and tight connections where it is most critical to keep moisture out.
  2. 12″ inserts give you plenty of adjustment capabilities in the event your site is irregular.

The Worst Connection

A Better Connection

A Better Connection

Side Walls – Easy to Assemble and Stronger

Common sense tells you that a sidewall that’s made up of more than one piece is not as strong as a single piece and yet that’s what the competition often does. The reason we use a single piece for the sidewall of your Texas steel carport or RV cover is pretty straightforward:

  • Single piece connections that run from the base rail to the eave piece give you more strength on that wall.
  • By not using multiple pieces for a sidewall, you have less assembly. That makes it easier on you or less money if you are paying an installer.
  • Your steel carport or RV cover in Texas will have a wall that’s straight.
  • You have parts that easily adjust without machining which adds up front costs.

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 will have a stronger sidewall!

Peak and Eave Bends – The Power Bend

Plain and simple, our Power Bend is the most superior technology in the tubular steel building business; its way out in front of the competition. That’s quite a statement but with the following information and a few pictures, you’ll know why we can make that claim.

First you need to understand that angles and curves—features you see on a car body are not just pretty, they’re necessary as they contribute to rigidity/strength of the steel. That’s why a piece of angle iron is stronger than a straight piece of steel strap.

There are several technologies used to make the bends at the peaks and eaves of a Texas steel carport or RV cover. Let’s take a look at some and compare:

Crush Bend: This bend puts a tremendous amount of stress on one isolated spot. It’s the cheapest, most structurally unsound way to accomplish a bend with steel tube. And to make a bad job worse, most of the Crush Bend structures we’ve seen are made with inferior quality 2.25″ x 2.25″ Mexican steel.

Let’s look at the different ways bends are created and see for ourselves why Absolute Steel makes a better product:

Cheap Carports

An uninformed person will buy this product which uses Mexican steel and Crush Bends for both the peaks and eaves. The price is attractive except when you consider you’ll be replacing it every year or two.

Crush Bend Peak

Knowing the peak has been weakened by the Crush Bend, this company is using a 16 gauge U brace to give the weakened point more strength. (Doesn’t work but does show some diligence.)

Crush Bend Eave

Notice the use of two crush bends, that’s because the Crush Bend is so radical it would tear the steel if one tried to make the necessary radius with one bend. As a side note, one panel screw used per side on a joint is simply inadequate and dangerous – and this is a sales model!

Crush Bend Outcome

Apparently this carport is still for sale? Pay particular attention to where this structure gave in—right at the stress points; the crush bends despite any U channel bracing.

Mandrel Bend

This one claims to have “a stronger bend transition”. To debunk that statement one only has to look at the two pictures below. The lineal pattern on the inside and outside of the steel tube that underwent the “mandrel bend stretching process” is caused by stress lines in the steel. With a mandrel bend the steel is stretched and the stress marks are visible—and that’s what you can see. This is not good.

Power Bend

The Power Bend adds six more surfaces with condensed curves to strengthen peaks and eaves – remember the car body and why it has contours to its surfaces? The peaks and eaves need to be built that way because steel carports and RV covers are prone to stress at those points.