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What Is A Certified Metal Building?


Are you starting a metal building project? Do you know the difference between a certified metal building and a non-certified structure? Did you know that most metal buildings have to be up to code and must have the proper permitting? This is why it is so important to understand the difference between certified and non-certified metal buildings before you start your project.

What is a certified metal building?

A certified metal building is a structure that has been designed according to the highest standards of quality. It also means the structure meets appropriate local building codes (keep in mind these codes may vary from one area to another, so make sure you invest in a carport that meets your local codes). A certified carport has gone through extensive testing to ensure its building materials can withstand both heavy amounts of precipitation and strong winds.

There are three notable benefits gained when you have a certified metal carport installed:

  1. Anchors for the appropriate foundation type
  2. Warranty (vertical roof style only) 
  3. Braces on every leg

The purpose of a metal building is to help protect whatever is being stored inside of it. With a certified structure, you are adding to the protection of the assets being stored in it. Did you know wind certified buildings have the ability to withstand 130+ mph winds? And while local regulations may not currently mandate that you install a structure that is certified, building codes are always changing. You may find yourself in a situation where you need certification for your structure to stay in place.This is one of the main reasons you should invest in a certified Building from the beginning.

What is a non-certified carport?

When you purchase a non-certified structure, the unit does not meet the standard wind or snow load for that county. Your metal building will not be structurally secured compared to a certified building. When you invest in a non-certified carport, you won’t have peace of mind in knowing your carport has been constructed according to today’s highest standards of quality. Basically, you will be investing in a structure that has not been reinforced. When a unit has not been reinforced, it is not likely to stand up against harsh weather conditions. Snow load certified structures and other types of certified metal buildings have been built accordingly, to meet building codes and are designed with harsh weather conditions in mind.

Does certification really matter?

There is no doubt that any professional builder will highly recommend a certified metal building over any type of non-certified building structure. In fact, even if local laws do not mandate certification, a professional builder will still suggest you install wind certified structures. This helps ensure the longevity and durability of the structure. All certified structures are anchored down to the installation site with the appropriate anchors. 

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