Steel buildings are perfect for areas that have heavy snowfall but it’s important to get an accurate snow load estimate to ensure your steel building won’t fail under the pressure. To calculate snow load there are several factors that come into play, including the type of snow, the weight of snow, and the shape of your roof, among other things.
Roof pitch is especially significant for snow. A steel building with a high-pitched roof will help clear snow and snowmelt. However, a building with a 1:12 roof pitch is considerably cheaper than higher roof pitches such as a 6:12, and the 1:12 pitched roof can be engineered to withstand the weight of your local snow loads.
Be wary of underloaded buildings. One common way to cut costs in the metal building industry is to under-load a building destined for windy or snowy climates. Unfortunately, there are only two outcomes when this happens: building collapse or change orders occur. General Steel has experience designing and delivering steel buildings to snowy climates. Here at General Steel, we will ensure your metal building is prefabricated with your local codes in mind.