Building Terminology Guide

building terminology


The square tubes along the base and sides of the building onto which the legs are affixed.


The bow is a solitary item of square tubes bent to shape to make the roofing system of the building.

Certified Structure

Accredited frameworks are developed by a professional designer to fulfill specific wind and snow load structures. This type of portable structure is consistently used when building codes are required. A duplicate of the engineering strategies will be provided after request. Stamped or raised seal plans are offered at an additional charge if your structure codes/inspection division requires them.

Concrete Anchors

Also described as concrete wedge anchors. Concrete anchors utilized in building installations on concrete instead of the rebar, to secure the building to th surface.

Edge Braces (Leg Braces)

Corner braces are U-shape steel stations that are utilized to help strengthen the structure of the building. On all of our structures, 4 2 feet long leg braces come requirement. and they are installed on each edge of the structure. Added edge braces are readily available at an additional expense. We suggest the use of 2 feet long collar braces on each structure leg (2 each bow). For structures with legs that are taller compared to 8 feet, we advise that customers update to 3 feet long corner braces on each edge and we likewise advise that they be mounted on each leg of the building (2 per bow).

Extended Gable Ends

Steel panels, installed horizontally or vertically, with the exact same form as the bow of the building. They are typically up to one panel deeper than the typical gable end. They can be set up on either end of the building and they prolong down, typically, as much as three feet down from the leading of the legs up. Prolonged gable ends could be set up vertically at an additional expense.

Gable Ends

A steel panel, installed horizontally or up and down, with the same shape as the bow of the structure. They can be mounted on either end of the storage building and they protrude from the 3 inches below the top of the legs, upwards. Gable ends can be installed up and down at an extra price.

Garage area Door

Our garage doors are the roll-up type. As the door is elevated, they roll into a cylinder or barrel shape above the door opening. Note there are no glass in our garage doors and they are readily available in various sizes and colors.


Guage describes the thickness of the panels and tubing used on the structures. Ther lesser the gauge, the thicker and more powerful the steel.

Hat Channel

Occasionally referred to as perlins, hat stations is used on carports and garages with upright roofing systems and/or vertical parties and ends. It supports the panels on those structure systems.


Headers are put at the top of the door frame when a door opening is requested, whether it is an opening with or without a door (walk-in or garage area) is mounted.


J-trim is made use of as trim beneath added paneling on the parties of carports (optional), around walk-in doors, garage doors, and home windows to provide a completed appearance.


L-trim is utilized as trim on the ends of the panels of standard style carports to give a finished look. L-trim is additionally used one the outside corners of garages.

Lag Bolts as Anchors

Lag bolts/screws are used to secure the building, in the place of rebar or concrete anchors, when setting up on timber. Certified structures could not be secured to a timber structure or deck.


Legs are the vertically installed lengths of square tubes that attach the bows or trusses (leading) to the base rail (base).

Mobile Residence Anchors

Mobile residence supports are utilized to secure the building in a setup where concrete is not utilized. There 2 discs at the lower end of the anchor are helical in design. They are supplied at no cost on certified structures set up on the ground. They could be set up as a choice on non-certified frameworks with ground installation at an additional charge.

Non-Certified Structure

Non-certified structures are most often utilized where building authorizations are not needed or where crafted wind and snow tons aren’t specified.


Our common panels are 29 gauge steel, exlcuding the state of Florida -where we make use of 26 guage panels. They are 3′ broad and they are available in conventional sizes of 21′, 26′, 31′, and 36′. 

Peak Braces

Top readies U-shaped steel channels that are set up at the facility bend of the bow all frameworks to strengthen the roofing. They are also often described as facility braces.

Peak Height

Top heigh describes the elevation from the surface to the to the highest point on the structure.

Rebar Anchors

Rebar is an usual steel improving bar. Our rebar anchors are made from this improving bar and they are 1/2″ x 32″ long. They have a 5/8″ nut soldered onto one end. They are mounted via a hole drilled into the the base rail and they secure the structure in both ground and asphalt installments.

Ridge Cap

Ridge cap is a piece of metal that rests on the ridge of the roofing on all vertical roofing system carports and garages. It’s feature is to cover the joint where the roof covering panels meet at the apex of the structure.

Roof Styles

We offer 3 roofing system styles. Vertical roofing system, boxed eave, and regular The differences are described below:.

Vertical Roof covering Style

A-Frame Style Roof with the panels installed vertically. The corrugated ridges in the panel run from the ridge cap down the eave party of the metal building. This allows gunk, garbage, water, and snow to exit off to the eave side of the building.

Water and snow will have the tendency to lay much longer on the horizontally sheeted roof covering like the boxed eave and normal style until the water vaporizes or the snow thaws off. Steel panels on house and business roof-tops are always set up vertically.

The roofing system bow/truss has a welded change by means of a steel pin on to the legs. This system has vertical roof trim on the sides and ends for a finished appearance and also hat stations to sustain the vertical panels and it adds rigidness to the framework.

All structures longer than 36′ must be upright because our lengthiest panel is 36′ and we would certainly need to splice or lap flat sheeted structures.

Boxed Eave Roof Covering Design

A-Frame Design Roofing system with the panels are mounted horizontally. The corrugated ridges in the panel flown front to back or end to finish. It is much more cost effective given that it does not have the hat channel and ridge cap that the upright roofing has to support the upright panels.

The roofing system bow/truss has actually a soldered transition by means of a steel pin onto the legs. The underneath eave parties of the roof bow or truss is covered with boxed eave trim for a nice finished look.

All buildings 36′ should be vertical since our longest panel is 36′ and we would certainly need to entwine or lap flat sheeted structures.

Normal Roofing Design

Radius Bend Structure Style with the panels are mounted horizontally. The corrugated ridges in the panel run from front to back or end to finish. The regular design is the most economical device given that it does not have the hat channel, the ridge cap, the eave-side trim, nor the bonded shift from the roof covering bow/truss to the leg. All outdoor structures longer compared to 36′ should be upright because our lengthiest panel is 36′ and we would have to interlace or lap horizontally sheeted buildings.


A truss is a triangular designed structure that is made from steel and they are stronger than a bow. They are typical on buildings larger than 24′ vast. Trusses are optional on structures that are 24′ wide and much less.


Television kinds the frames of our frameworks. In many states, we provide as basic the 14 gauge 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ square tubing. As a choice, our buildings could be created with a stronger 12 gauge 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ square tubing, at an additional charge. In the state of Michigan, 12 gauge tubing is made use of due to better snow tons needs.

Walk-in doors

Our optional stroll in doors are 32″ x 72″ or 36″ x 80″ and they have a 9″ x 9″ glass. All walk-in doors are white. You could prefer to have a walk-in door without a home window at no service charge.

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