Cold Formed Steel Buildings
We design, engineer, and manufacture Steel Buildings with two Engineering approaches: Welded Frame and Cold Formed. Cold Formed Steel Buildings are an alternative to our Pre-Engineered Welded Frame Steel Buildings. They are lightweight, bolt-screwed, easy to install, and quick to manufacture!
We mean it when we say QUICK. These are the current lead times for our Cold Formed Steel Buildings:
Things to consider when deciding between a Cold Formed or Welded Frame Steel Building:
The Building Frame
The primary difference between the two steel building types is the primary framing system. The primary framing system is the core framing of a building. Welded Frame Buildings are made with frames from steel flat bar and flat sheet pieces that are welded together. The columns and rafters are typically tapered being narrow at the foundation and peak and wider at the rafter/column connection.
The primary frame of a Cold Formed Building is made of formed G90 galvanized steel coil. The frame consists of posts (column), rafters, knee and apex braces. The columns and rafters are straight. The parts that make up the frame are screwed or bolted together.
Interior View of a 82' x 225' Cold Formed Steel Building Frame, Automotive Facility in Fresno, CA
Cold Formed Steel Buildings can suit up to a 50 foot clear span. Clear spans of more than 50 feet are possible with the addition of support columns. They are ideal for both domestic buildings, barn homes, and commercial projects. It is easy to add lean-to's, mezzanine floors, and overhangs.
Our Welded Frame Buildings can be customizable at any size, but start to become more economical for spans over 50’. They are Ideal for very large spans, tall buildings, buildings that need cranes, large unsupported overhangs, open riding arenas, and large doors such as airplane hangers.
Cold Formed Steel Buildings bolt to the foundation (slab, piers, strip) using steel base plates and drill in anchors. Anchors are installed after the concrete is complete. Cold Formed Steel Building foundations typically require 20-25% less concrete than a Welded Frame Steel Building.
Welded Frame Steel Buildings bolt to the foundation (slab, piers, strip) using cast-in anchor bolts which are not supplied with the building kit. Anchor bolts are installed before the concrete is poured.
A Cold Formed Steel Building's main frame is typically both bolted and screwed together using pre-drilled plates. Cold Formed Steel Buildings can require some cutting/coping and drilling of braces on site.
A Welded Frame Steel Building's main frame is bolted together with plates already welded in place by our Certified Welders in our Weld Shop. Welded Frame Buildings can require some drilling on site.
If you go Cold Formed with BORGA, you will receive all of the added benefits of buying directly from an established local Steel Building manufacturer:
We understand that there are several factors to consider when determining if a Welded Frame or Cold Formed Building is right for your project. If you would like to discuss your unique project with our team of Steel Building Experts, please call our Fresno Branch at 559-573-8270.