Structural steel framing provides a highly resistant and durable roof, walls, and floors of buildings. It’s a sustainable, cost-effective, and adaptable option that can be used for almost all architectural layouts and a wide variety of building projects. In this article, we will discuss the different types of structural steel framing construction services available. The steel framing system selected for a project should be based on width, height, location, roof, and use.
Skeleton Steel Framing
In skeleton steel framing, beams and columns support all gravity loads. The distance kept between the columns depends on the requirements and functions of the structure. This versatility of construction means the area of the floor and roof of the building isn’t restricted to a standard size.
Made of steel beams and columns that are carefully connected using proper equipment, skeleton steel framing systems offer excellent support for buildings. Designers and construction workers use different types and configurations of steel connections for securing steel beams to columns. Popular choices in this type of steel framing construction service include bolt connections and welded connections.
Load Bearing Wall Steel Framing
In this system, the interior or exterior of the building wall carries the end of structural members to provide support for the roof or roof loads. Another application involves utilizing steel beams called lintels over doors and windows. Essentially, the wall bearing the load should be strong enough to carry not only vertical reactions but also any imposed horizontal loads. Typically, this system works well for low-rise buildings.
Long Span Steel Framing
This option is considered when there is a need for ample clearance. Long span steel framing options include girders, rigid frames, arches, trusses, and cantilever suspension spans.
The use of steel framing construction services allows for the easy and economical construction of intricate building designs. It’s not only considered a reliable option for commercial buildings but also for bridges where it makes inspection and repair easy.
Gundlach Champion has been providing steel building construction solutions with exceptional quality and value to a diverse range of clients across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. The GCI team brings over 350 years of combined experience to every commercial construction project from new buildings to renovations. To discuss your next project contact us at gcfirst.com.