Buyers Guide to Metal Buildings in Virginia
Located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States is Virginia. The different landscapes of this state consist of mountains, valleys, forests, plateaus, and lowlands. Summers are hot and humid, with higher temperatures in the southern and eastern portions of the state. Summer is the wettest season and precipitation amounts are the highest in the southwestern mountains. Winters are cold with varying amounts of snow across the state. The coast receives less than a foot of snow, while the Appalachian Mountains on the western side of the state can receive over 100 inches. Severe weather that affects Virginia includes thunderstorms, hurricanes, and snowstorms.
When planning on building a steel building in Virginia, you must take all weather threats into consideration. With the humidity and precipitation, you will want to make sure to take all rust preventative measures possible. You will also need to follow all local building codes, which includes insulation, wind load, and snow load. It is also recommended to add gutters and downspouts to your building, to help with proper drainage.
Great Western Buildings can provide all of these options and more for your customized steel building. We use G90 galvanized steel on all buildings, which greatly helps reduce rusting and also allows us to provide a lifetime warranty on the structural framing. We do require that local building codes are followed, which will vary depending on your location. Proper insulation will keep your building cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and help in remaining as energy efficient as possible. Having the correct wind load will be extremely important, especially with the threat of hurricanes. Your location will have a minimum requirement for the wind load, but you are always welcome to go above that if preferred in order to feel more confident in your building. With the correct wind load, your building can endure those hurricane-force winds with no problem. You will also need to have the correct snow load to withstand any heavy snowstorms your building may encounter. Great Western will also recommend adding on gutters and downspouts to your building. This will allow for all precipitation to be properly drained and directed away from your building, reducing the chance of flooding. At Great Western, we offer customizable buildings in order to meet every customer’s needs, while also providing them with the most durable building in the industry.