Buyers Guide to Metal Buildings in Louisiana
Located right off the Gulf of Mexico and surrounded by Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi is Louisiana. Due to its location in the southern U.S., it is one of the hottest and most humid states. The farther south you go, the higher the temperatures rise, as well as the humidity and amount of precipitation. Snowfall is very rare, but can occur in the northern part of the state. Winters are very mild, with relatively warm temperatures, while summers are extremely brutal with the unforgiving heat and humidity. Hurricanes and severe thunderstorms are the biggest threats to this state, typically occurring between June and November.
Due to the threat of hurricanes, Louisiana may seem like a poor location to build a steel building. However, steel buildings are one of the highest recommended types of buildings to withstand a hurricane. The most important factor when designing a steel building in hurricane-prone areas like Louisiana is the wind load. This will help ensure that your building can handle the strongest hurricane-force winds. You will also want to take all rust preventative measures possible to deal with the rain and humidity. Gutters and downspouts are essential in such locations, as well as proper insulation. With the extremely hot summer temperatures in Louisiana, you will want to make sure that you have enough insulation to protect the inside of your building from the brutal heat.
At Great Western Buildings, we provide customizable options to all customers, while following all building code requirements. Your local building codes will have wind load requirements for your specific location that will help your building stand strong and brace the strongest winds. We always use 100% American-made G90 galvanized steel. This means that the steel has a zinc coating that is ⅔ thicker than the standard, and helps reduce rust. This is essential to manage the high humidity and rainfall that Louisiana sees. We also provide the option of adding on gutters and downspouts, which we highly recommend. This will allow for rainfall to be directed towards a safer area, rather than on top of your foundation. In addition to our gutters and downspouts, we also offer different insulation packages. Although Louisiana rarely sees extreme cold, you will definitely want proper insulation to protect from the extreme heat. Our packages range from R10 to R49, and you will also need to follow your local building codes for that as well. Adding all of these different options to your building will help guarantee that you have the strongest building to withstand the most powerful storms.