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24Jan 2020Metal Buildings

Ensure the Strength & Stability of Your Metal Building with a Secure Anchoring System


While steel is considered to be one of the strongest and longest lasting materials used in the metal building industry today, it's overall sturdiness and strength rests upon its foundation and anchoring system. And if you don't follow the correct methods for anchor placement and installation, you could have a recipe for disaster. To ensure the right anchors are being used and installed correctly, you need to be sure and follow the appropriate steps. If your steel building plan corresponds with OSHA standards and your local building codes, you're headed down the right track! But before we start, there are a few things you need to take into consideration first.

What Makes a Strong Foundation?

When it comes to having a good foundation, there's no substitute. The strength and sturdiness of your metal structure primarily depends on its foundation as well as its anchoring system. But, first things first - what makes a strong foundation? There are several types of foundations available for you to choose from, including bare soil, gravel, asphalt, and concrete. However, your final decision will depend on several factors, including the stability and layout of the terrain your building will rest on, typical weather conditions, and the building load. And the first step you'll need to take to determine which foundation best suits your needs and building style is to have the land surveyed. Keep in mind, you'll need to check with your local building department about all local and state building codes, as well as permit requirements. The type of foundation your unit is installed on will also depend on the size of the unit and its intended purpose.

Anchoring Your Structure to a Sturdy Foundation

Steel building anchors, which are often referred to as anchor rods or anchor bolts, are one of the most important aspects of your structure and its installation. They are used to keep your structure secured to its foundation for years to come, no matter the weather conditions in your area. We have four types of anchors to choose from, each with their own unique design and set of advantages.

  • Rebar Anchors - Rebar anchors, typically used to secure metal buildings to a gravel or bare soil foundation, are made with the finest steel, measuring at at ½€ x 32€. They are most effective in areas that do not typically experience high winds or extreme weather conditions. Their installation process includes having a hole drilled into the base of the rail, fixing the anchor, and securing it to the ground.
  • Mobile Home Anchors - Mobile home metal building anchors are used to secure your structure to a bare soil structure; however, it must be level with a firm hold. They are driven into the dirt during installation, allowing your unit to have a better support system throughout the years. If you plan to certify your steel structure, these anchors are the standard type used for certified installations.
  • Concrete Anchors - Concrete anchors are ideal for securing your structure to a concrete foundation without breaking or cracking the slab; however, they cannot be used for other foundations as they will not hold. The installation process includes drilling holes into the concrete, placing the anchors in the holes, and fastening the nuts until they're secure. There are different size anchors to be used, each depending on the size of your foundation and thickness of the slab.
  • Asphalt Anchors - Just as its name suggests, metal building asphalt anchors are typically only used for asphalt bases. They are designed with barbs or screw-like threads on each side, helping to secure the structure to its foundation.

How to Anchor a Metal Building?

While having a professional crew install your metal building is the most common choice for customers, you can also choose to invest in a metal building kit. If you opt for the kit, it's crucial that you understand how to anchor your unit to its foundation correctly. The placement process differs for each type of anchor we offer; however, you can learn more by giving us a call at +1 (866) 681-7846 or calling your manufacturer for more information. Don't hesitate to reach out, we're always ready to lend a helping hand when needed.

Have the Right Type of Anchor Installed for Your Metal Building Today!

Investing in a custom steel structure is a big decision to make, one that shouldn't be taken lightly. And while it may seem as if your work is done after you've customized the unit and paid, that couldn't be further from the truth. You need to educate yourself and make sure you understand every step of the process. But before you proceed with the installation, feel free to reach out to one of our building specialists at +1 (866) 681-7846. We want you to know that we're here every step of the way, ready to help in every way we can.

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