Buyers Guide to Metal Buildings in Minnesota
Located along the northern border of the United States is Minnesota. Lowlands, prairies, and forests all make up the geography of this state. Summers range from warm to hot, while winters can be extremely cold due to polar air outbreaks. The southern portion of the state sees more rainfall than the north, but the northern portion sees much higher snowfall amounts, averaging up to 70 inches per year. Due to the extremely cold winter temperatures, at least one inch of snow covers the ground in the north for over ⅓ of the entire year. In addition to snowstorms, blizzards, thunderstorms, and hailstorms are also common across the state.
When wanting to purchase a steel building in Minnesota, you will need to keep a few things in mind. Making sure you have the proper wind and snow loads, as well as insulation will help protect your building from the elements. Adding on gutters and downspouts is also a great idea to direct all rain and snow to a designated area. To protect your sidewalks and entryways from all precipitation, you should also consider adding on eave extensions.
At Great Western Buildings, we provide 100% American-made steel buildings that are completely customizable. You are required to follow your local building codes for wind load, snow load, and insulation. These are just minimum requirements, and you are always welcome to go above those values if wanted. Having proper insulation will be very important for keeping your building cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and being as energy efficient as possible. We provide gutter and downspout options, and do suggest adding them to buildings located in areas that receive higher amounts of rain or snow, like Minnesota. This will help direct all precipitation towards a designated area, rather than remaining on top of your building or foundation, which could shorten the lifespan of your building. In addition, we recommend adding on eave extensions over any sidewalks or entryways. This will keep rain, snow, and ice from building up in those areas, providing a safer outside environment for you. Having all of these customizable options (and more) allows Great Western to provide the most durable building that will also fit your needs.