The process of erecting a metal building can be seemingly tedious and confusing at times. However, knowing and completing each step is essential to the assembly of your metal building. If you’re deciding to purchase a turnkey metal building, it’s a great idea to be familiar with the steps involved in erecting it.


Erecting your own steel building can actually be quite simple when you have prior building knowledge. Either way, it is still a hefty task and can be very difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. Be sure to follow the safety guidelines associated with erecting your building and follow these steps for a less complicated approach.


Steel erection is one of the top 10 most hazardous occupations according to BLS fatality data year after year. Steel erection work includes heavy duty high rise structures, metal buildings and even signs. Steel erection is often the skeletal core of bridges, office buildings, commercial, retail and industrial structures. OSHA published Subpart R, 1926.750, the current steel erection rule in 2001.

Steel erection means constructing buildings with steel that means the major part of the building is steel. Steel beams[1] will be used for concrete beams. The steel erection helps the designer to build the building in any design. The builder can make moldings, bent etc with the steel. By using steel erection the builders can complete their work very fastly. It was not time-consuming when it started. cranes play a major role in the steel erection because the lifting of steel is done with the crane. Using steel erection the builders can build both big buildings and hangars. The building can easily be modified at any time because it is made up of steel. The builder can bend, weld, cut anything can with steel. Steel is a stronger material, it is durable for long periods. Completion of work can be done very quickly with the help of steel erection.


Step 1: The Foundation

The foundation is one of the most important elements of erecting your Melbourne steel Fabrication building. You will need to view the instructions to find out where your anchor bolts will go. You will need your slab of cement to be completely flat so that the bolts will be easily found.


Step 2: The Frame

The first part of the framing process begins with the I-Beam columns and the rafters. As these buildings are “pre-engineered,” all of the pieces will be pre-cut, punched, and welded for you. These beams are going to be the heaviest and most essential pieces to the construction of your metal building.


Step 3: Girts, Purlins, and Framed Openings

Once you get the main frameworks up, you can then start to add the girts, purlins, and framed openings that give more support to the walls and roof.


Step 4: Roof and Walls

By this point, most of the framing should be completed. From here you can start to focus on the insulation, walls, and roof sheeting. Simply screw the sheeting into the frame using the fasteners. After the walls are done, you can focus on the roof panels, where you can also remember to include the weather stripping.


Step 5: Aesthetics

The last step in erecting your metal building is adding all of the bells and whistles. This would include any of the trim, accessories and other metal building design options that you purchased. The trim will not only allow your building to look finished, but it will also help to keep the building free of leaks. Lastly, you will add any doors, windows, and vents so that your building is complete.


Step 6: Look Over The Instructions

Before starting construction, be sure to look at your building drawings and instructions to get a better idea of how each part will go together. You should be referring to the instructions throughout the entire process as well.


Safety is Job One When Erecting a Metal Building

Job site safety cannot be overstressed: SAFETY must come FIRST!


Insist all workers use safety equipment in compliance with OSHA standards. Caution crewmembers to stay alert at all times. Distractions on the construction site can lead to accidents.


Basic Tools

Most of the hand tools required for erecting a metal building may already be in the average do-it-yourselfer’s toolbox:


  1. Caulking guns
  2. Chalk lines
  3. Channel locks
  4. Cordless drill and bits
  5. Crescent and socket wrenches
  6. Hacksaws
  7. Large screwdrivers
  8. Pipe wrenches
  9. Pliers
  10. Plumb bobs
  11. Tape measures
  12. Tin snips and bulldog snips
  13. Utility knives
  14. Vice-grips
  15. Wire brushes

Larger common tools needed include:


  1. Chains and ropes
  2. Electric nibbler metal cutters
  3. Levels (3’ or longer)
  4. Power pulls
  5. Power wrenches
  6. Push brooms
  7. Saw horses
  8. Sturdy ladders
  9. Tarps