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What is a portal framed building?

Monday 19th February 2018
Atlantic Steel Buildings

One of the most common steel structures used within the UK currently are portal framed buildings. Many companies use this type of steel structure for the benefits it brings. To give an idea of the popularity of steel portal frame buildings in the UK, it is estimated that 50% of constructional steel used is in erecting these structures. What are steel portal frame buildings? In simple terms, they are low-rise structures consisting of columns and rafters. These columns and rafters are then connected via moment-resisting connections for superb strength. They are often constructed bay by bay which makes them fast to erect on site. Very often found in sectors such as industrial, warehousing and retail, they are great at enclosing large volumes. Why…

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Designing and constructing an aircraft hangar

Tuesday 9th January 2018
Atlantic Steel Buildings

Buying an aircraft is a significant investment for anyone, but purchasing the aircraft is only the start - you have to find somewhere to store and maintain it. You could rent hangar space at your local airport but there is nothing quite like having your own space to work in. The question is, how exactly do you go about designing an aircraft hangar? In this blog we'll cover the five basic steps you need to take. Choose the size of hangar you need The problem with aircraft hangars is that there is no one size fits all solution. When it comes to automobile garages your car has a maximum width so that it can use the highway. But there are no such…

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Why choose a steel garage kit?

Friday 8th December 2017
Atlantic Steel Buildings

When it comes to having a new garage constructed, selecting the best structure type to meet your requirements can be a daunting task. If you need a solution that is quick and easy to assemble without compromising on build quality and economy, look no further than a steel garage kit. Efficient Steel buildings are incredibly quick and easy to put together. All steel frame garages supplied by Atlantic Steel Buildings can be assembled efficiently once they arrive on site. All of the components used to build your new garage will come pre-cut by the manufacturers, and so erection simply consists of bolting components together. As steel garages can be designed to meet your exact requirements, you can save money in the long-term by…

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The advantages of steel commercial buildings

Monday 20th November 2017
Atlantic Steel Buildings

Commercial buildings are still often built using wooden frames with brick or aluminium sides. However, there is a better way. Having steel buildings constructed instead of wooden framed ones can offer a huge amount of advantages to the business owner. For example, this type of building is the perfect solution if time, money and customisability are all of utmost importance. Efficiency In more ways than one, steel commercial buildings are incredibly efficient. The building can be designed to cater to the precise nature of your operation whilst still being incredibly easy to insulate to offer energy efficiency too. All steel buildings constructed by Atlantic Steel Buildings can be put together extremely quickly once on site. As components come pre-cut by the steel manufacturers,…

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Save relocation costs and expand your steel building instead

Friday 6th October 2017
Atlantic Steel Buildings

Relocating can be expensive and can cause a lot of disruption to the day-to-day running of your business. As one of the main unique selling points for investing in steel buildings is ease of expansion in the future, why not take advantage of this? There are three main types of steel building expansion that are suited for different structures and situations. Instead of trying to relocate, why not expand your steel building instead? Endwall expansions If your existing building was designed with the thought in mind that expansion may be necessary, then endwall expansion might be the answer to your problems. If your building features expandable endwalls, these are engineered to carry half the load of the present bay, plus being able…

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Getting your steel building ready for the Winter months

Wednesday 13th September 2017
Atlantic Steel Buildings

Steel buildings may be resilient and long-lasting, but they still need some degree of planning and preparation for the winter. Just as all other buildings need care and attention to cope with colder, wetter weather. The good news is, if you have constructed office space, storage, agricultural pens or a garage from steel, the work you need to do to get ready for winter is minimal. Plan ahead for comfort and cost Much of the focus will be on making it as safe and comfortable as possible, to use year round. However, a lot depends on how cold it is likely to get in your area. Pay particular attention to the roof, which may gather heavy snow drifts. Clear gutters and make sure the…

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Are steel buildings safer than bricks and mortar buildings?

Thursday 31st August 2017

Brick buildings look appealing to the eye, but there are various reasons why steel is a better building material. Brick buildings are not only increasingly vulnerable to weather and climate related wear and tear, but they also cost more in terms of labour, time and cost. Considering this, many companies are now opting for steel as the main construction material for their industrial and commercial buildings. In a steel building, a contractor can make use of brick veneer fa├žade so that on the surface the building looks like it has been made of bricks. Furthermore, steel buildings offer many benefits such as being cost effective, low maintenance and high quality. Here is why steel buildings are safer than bricks and mortar buildings: Steel…

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Tips for Maintaining Your Steel Building

Monday 31st July 2017

Sometimes, it is easy to overlook basic maintenance tasks, and metal and steel frame buildings can begin to look old and start to rust if they are left untreated or unprotected. It important that you take care of your building to ensure that it continues to look great and maximise its life span. In particular, although steel buildings are comparatively low maintenance, we recommend priming and repainting if the cladding becomes scratched or damaged. We explain some of our top tips on how to maintain your steel building. What Is Rust and Why Does It Happen? Rust is usually red or yellow and is a layer of iron oxide that forms on metals through the process of oxidation, especially in a moist environment.…

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Why Steel Frame Garage Kits Make Great Workshops for Home-Based Businesses

Monday 24th July 2017

Have you ever considered a creating a steel frame building for your home office space? If you frequently work from home, you will know how important it is to have a devoted space for work. Many home-based businesses often choose to work in a spare room or bedroom, but steel garages and workshops can provide many benefits that you might not have thought about before. We've put together a few reasons why you should consider using a steel frame for a garage or workshop if your business is based from home. A Space Dedicated to Your Business Using a steel frame garage has the potential to benefit your business because it is a whole space that you can dedicate entirely to your business.…

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Understanding Aircraft Hangar Safety

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Engineers, technicians and other staff who work in and around aircraft hangars have to deal with a wide range of occupational hazards. It's up to managers and business owners to make sure that the safety of these people is considered a priority. Here are a few main pointers to consider when you turn your attention to health and safety regarding aircraft hangars under your supervision. Design and construction One important starting point is always to ensure that the plans for your aircraft hangar are drawn up with safety concerns in mind. This includes choosing building materials that offer long-term reliability and protection. Using steel to build aircraft hangars is an excellent solution, as buildings like the ones we construct are fire-resistant and built…

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