You Can’t Beat the Strength of Steel for a Tough Building

By Jay Lara   |   Posted In: Metal Buildings


Looking for a Tough Outdoor Building? It’s Hard to Beat Metal

Metal buildings have been around for quite some time, but cold-formed steel construction has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years. What makes metal buildings superior to other forms of construction? All sorts of things, really. Unique properties of metal make these structures more durable, more versatile, and more weather-resistant, pest-resistant, and fire-resistant than comparable wooden structures. Light-gauge steel buildings are completely customizable, too. And if you’re concerned about price, just know that pre-engineered metal building kits can actually be significantly more cost-effective to have fabricated and installed. Property owners all over the US are now installing pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMBs) for all sorts of residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial applications.

But What Kind of Metal is Best for Construction?

If you were to look at a metal strength chart, you’d find metals like chromium, titanium, tungsten, and magnesium alloys near the top of the list. While these certainly have some important high-end applications, they’re also too expensive and not available in large enough quantities to be realistic for use in structural framing or paneling. Carbon steel, on the other hand, checks all the boxes for being an excellent construction material. It rates highly for tensile strength, impact strength, and compressive strength, is much more affordable, and is readily available. Steel also happens to be the most recycled material on Earth by weight, and recycled steel loses none of its strength or other essential properties. In addition, galvanized steel is incredibly effective at being moisture-resistant, pest-resistant, and fire-resistant. For all intents and purposes, steel strengths make PEMBs ideal building solutions.

Metal Building Application Possibilities

What all can you do with a metal building? Pretty much anything you want! You’ve no doubt seen metal storage buildings, metal carports, metal garages, and metal barns in wide usage, and Carport Central is certainly happy to deliver and install those for customers across the country. But that’s really just a small sample of the metal building applications available to you.

Thanks to continued advances with our in-house engineering, we now offer a much wider range of light-gauge steel building solutions, including everything from large agricultural buildings to commercial warehouses, to retail storefronts, business offices, manufacturing centers, industrial facilities, and custom residential barndominiums & metal building homes!

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Some Advantages of Choosing a Custom Steel Building

What’s better about our pre-engineered steel buildings? Plenty. Here are some things you should know about the steel tube-framed construction we can provide:

• Precise Quality Standards

Each PEMB we deliver is individually designed by us for you, then custom-fabricated by one of our American manufacturing partners. Each building component is precision-crafted, pre-measured, pre-welded, and tested for quality before ever leaving the manufacturing facility. You simply won’t get that kind of quality out of some random pieces of lumber.

• Lightweight, Yet Strong

Steel already possesses the greatest strength-to-weight ratio among commonly-used building materials. But red iron beams can be incredibly bulky and heavy, so we’ve chosen to fine-tune the light-gauge steel tubing approach. Thanks to some distinct design advantages, steel tube framing, and metal paneling require much less material to produce, and the fabrication process generates essentially no net waste. PEMBs are lighter than other types of buildings, while also offering superior strength and durability.

• Install on Most Any Level Foundation

Sure, you can install a PEMB on a poured concrete or asphalt pad – but you don’t have to. Depending on how you intend to use your building, we have specialty anchors that can be used to secure your new metal building to concrete, asphalt, gravel, or even plain level ground! Just get in touch to tell us about the building site you have in mind, and we’ll help you to come up with a plan to make it happen.

• Adaptable Building for Changing Needs

Let’s face it, no matter how good your building plan is right now, building needs can still change over time. Your family could grow, your farm could grow, your business could grow, or you just may want to do something different with your building space. While modifying or adding to a conventional stick build can be more difficult or expensive, expansions or adaptations are much easier to facilitate with a pre-engineered metal building.

• Goes Up Faster

How soon would you like to get your building? Did you know that when you choose to order from Carport Central, we can usually get your custom metal building fabricated and installed on your site in just a matter of weeks. You’d have to wait MUCH longer than that to get other types of construction framed and undercover.

• Cost Advantages

Of course, when it comes to funding any type of building, price matters too. And in that regard, we’ve got more good news. Cold-formed steel is one the most cost-effective building materials there is, and the larger your building, the more you can save by choosing steel. You’ll save in ongoing maintenance versus what it would cost to keep up a comparable stick build, too.

Trust Carport Central for Your Perfect Steel Building Solution

At Carport Central, we support the American steel industry, and we’re also proud to help provide for local American building manufacturer jobs. We only use the best available materials, and our team of building specialists is the best in the business. Nobody beats our building engineering and customization options, and nobody else provides a better customer experience or better customer service, either.

Don’t have the full building purchase cost in hand up front? Or maybe you’re just looking for some good options to help you in budgeting for your new metal building. We’re here to help with that, too. We offer preferred RTO payment plans, traditional financing options, and even metal building home mortgage solutions you won’t find with other dealers. Get in touch with us online, or to connect even faster, just give us a call at (980) 321-9898 today. Come experience the Carport Central difference for yourself! At Carport Central, what’s Central to you, is Central to us.


  • Jay Lara

    Jay Lara is COO of Carport Central, and brings nearly 20 years of metal building industry experience. He’s worked in every aspect of the business, ranging from engineering to design to fabrication to installation to sales, and he’s passionate about bridging the gap between B2B and B2C for the metal buildings market.

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