Finding the Right Steel Building Kit and Design for Your Project
At Champion Buildings, Inc., we take pride in offering comprehensive, all-in-one services when it comes to your metal building. We want to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible, which is why we will pour the concrete slab for your quality steel building before construction.
Our concrete services are an integral part of our construction process, ensuring that our prefabricated metal buildings are built to last. We have a team of skilled and experienced professionals who specialize in concrete work, providing our clients with superior quality and workmanship.
When it comes to constructing a prefabricated metal building, the foundation is critical. A solid and well-built foundation ensures the structural integrity of the building, preventing any potential issues in the future. Our team understands this and takes great care to ensure that the concrete work is done to the highest standard.
Metal Buildings: The Solution for Your Construction Needs
Prefabricated metal buildings offer a range of benefits to our clients, making them the ideal solution for construction needs. With metal buildings, you can rest assured that your investment will be protected from the elements and other potential issues. The structures are built with quality materials and expert craftsmanship, offering superior durability and strength.
Additionally, these structures are incredibly versatile. They can be used in a variety of settings, including residential and commercial applications. From garages to storage units to warehouses, there are countless uses for prefabricated metal buildings. Our team can help you design and build the perfect building that meets your specific needs.
At Champion Buildings, we understand how important it is to have quality workmanship when constructing a building. That’s why we use only the best materials and most experienced craftspeople to ensure that you get a structure that is built to last. Our buildings are designed with features like insulated walls, gabled roofs, and sealed doors and windows to maximize energy efficiency while keeping your property safe from the elements. We also offer customizable options such as colors and finishes so you can create your own unique style.
We strive to provide our customers with unrivaled customer service throughout the entire process, from design through construction completion. Whether you need help figuring out what type of building will best meet your needs or simply need assistance during installation, our knowledgeable staff is here to help every step of the way.
Empowering Your Project with Concrete Foundations and Delivery Options
We understand that the installation process can be daunting, which is why we make sure to provide our customers with a variety of options. We offer concrete foundations for permanent structures as well as delivery and set-up services for those who don’t have the resources or space to install their buildings themselves. Our experienced team of professionals will work hard to ensure your project is completed correctly, on time, and within budget.
Superior Steel Building Kits and Concrete Packages to Elevate Your Project
Our steel building kits and concrete packages are made with the highest quality materials to ensure your project is durable, safe, and secure. We offer a wide selection of sizes and styles so you can find something that fits your specific needs. Plus, all of our products come with detailed instructions and illustrations to ensure installation is quick and easy.
We make sure that no matter what your project entails, it will be done safely and efficiently. Our teams pay close attention to detail throughout the entire process – from helping you choose the right building kit or concrete package for your application to overseeing delivery & setup (if needed). With Champion Buildings, you can trust that your project will be done right the first time. Contact us today to get started!
Why Do Metal Buildings Need a Concrete Slab?
Having a steel building with a concrete slab is ideal for a solid, stable foundation. It provides a clean surface upon which to erect your steel building and it will help your building last longer. Also, if you plan on using your steel building as a church, restaurant, business, or other commercial sites, you’ll need a solid, even base to lay flooring. Concrete is the most reliable, cost-effective foundation for metal buildings, which is why we use it with every project.
Before We Lay a Concrete Slab for a Steel Building
There are a few things that need to be done before your building can be erected. This includes clearing the space of debris, including trees, shrubs and overgrown grasses, or any existing structures, such as an old shed. Once the space is clean, it needs to be made level. For starters, you need to eliminate all of the extra debris, trees, etc. from where you want the building to be located. After you clean up the area, you need to make sure the area is level so that your building will sit flat on the concrete foundation later.
Constructing Steel Building Kits with a Concrete Slab
To construct a metal building with concrete slab, we will come out to ensure the land is level, and then we can start laying the new concrete foundation. We work efficiently, but we also make sure to work with utmost care and precision, knowing that your new structure is only as strong as its foundation. The foundation itself will consist of:
- Pier pads distribute weight more evenly and create a more stable surface
- A perimeter footer
- Four inches of gravel or sand to ensure proper drainage
- Wire, rebar, plastic, and anchor bolts
- A concrete slab that’s typically four to six inches thick, depending on your specifications.
Once the slab is down and the concrete has cured, our team of professionals can erect your metal or steel building with confidence that it will hold up to the elements for years to come.
Concrete Foundation Cost
The cost of a metal building with concrete varies depending on several factors. First, the size of the slab and the depth of the concrete play a role, but we will also consider the amount of work necessary to install the slab safely. Mobilization fees are important to understand when looking into concrete slabs. Costs can quickly add up when you look at the cost that incurs when traveling to and from job sites. When looking into mobilization costs, it’s important to factor in the transportation of the team and also the transportation of the equipment and tools necessary. The larger the job, the more mobilization costs are spread out.
In terms of preparation, every scenario is different. In most cases, drainage is the most important aspect of concrete slab costs. A faulty drainage system can cause numerous roadblocks and issues that can quickly become costly! The grade of concrete is another aspect to understand. Some areas require sub-grade materials to be added prior to pouring the concrete, which can add to the cost. Lastly, installation aspects are worth looking into when calculating the total cost of a project start-to-finish. For example, if there are tight areas that heavy machinery cannot access, the installation cost may increase because additional equipment would need to be brought in to complete the job. We will provide you with an accurate estimate when you call us for a custom quote!
Are Hairline Cracks in New Concrete Normal?
Hairline cracks in concrete, often referred to as shrinkage cracks, commonly occur shortly after the concrete is poured. These cracks are almost never a threat to the structural integrity of the concrete, as long as the drainage has been properly evaluated and configured. Concrete slabs will expand during hot weather and push against anything adjacent, which is worth keeping in mind.
How Long Should Concrete Slabs Last?
How long concrete slabs last depends on the overall strength and durability of the initial placement of concrete. If concrete slabs are poured and configured with proper drainage and preparation, they typically become stronger over time. Reinforced concrete requires steel reinforcement in order to meet the required design strength which is something to keep in mind when evaluating concrete slab lifespans. Concrete properties such as shrinkage, creep, Poisson’s ratio, modular ratio, unit weight, overall durability, tensile strength, compressive strength, and characteristic strength are important to understand. In short, well-maintained concrete slabs can last forever if prepped and poured correctly. If you’re interested in learning more about concrete durability, feel free to let us know!
Do All Concrete Slabs Need Rebar?
No, not all concrete slabs need to be reinforced with rebar. In many cases for large concrete slabs, reinforcing steel along with building permits are often required before the project can begin. Concrete slabs that carry substantial loads such as foundation walls and columns usually do require reinforced steel, unlike driveways, small sheds, and walkways. What is rebar? Rebar is short for reinforcing bar and consists of mild steel robs that vary in thickness. The most common thickness for rebar is 3/8″ and 1/2″.
Does Rebar Keep Prevent Concrete From Cracking?
In many cases, yes. Tension forces commonly cause concrete to crack, which is where rebar comes into play. Rebar is designed to help prevent cracks from manifesting into larger, more serious cracks and also prevent concrete slabs from moving apart. If you have additional questions about our concrete slab installation process, our FAQ page may be of help.
Does Champion Buildings Provide the Concrete Slab Foundation?
Our team of concrete specialists will provide a slab per the specifications outlined in the engineer-sealed foundation drawings provided. The concrete foundation for your steel building will consist of pier pads beneath each column, a perimeter footer, 4″ gravel or sand, wire, rebar, plastic, anchor bolts, and a slab thickness per your specifications (typically 4″ – 6″).
How Thick Should A Concrete Slab Be For A Metal Building?
Your concrete foundation for a metal building will be a minimum of 4″ thick. However, if you’re planning to use your metal building to store heavy vehicles and equipment, we will recommend a 6″ slab. This is something we will help guide you on depending on the usage of your building.
Where Champion Buildings Provides Concrete Work
Our team provides concrete work in NC, SC, and VA starting at a 2,400 sq. ft. minimum. In OH, KY, eastern TN, and GA, our concrete work starts at a minimum of 8,000 sq. ft.
Why Choose Champion Buildings for Your Metal Building with a Concrete Slab?
As we mentioned, most metal building installation companies have you do the heavy lifting when it comes to preparing to have a metal building installed on your land, leaving you with two options:
- Pouring a concrete slab yourself is definitely not a project we would recommend for a beginner.
- Call contractors, get quotes, and work with their schedule before the building can be installed.
You run the risk of having a concrete slab that’s not the best quality, which holds up the process more.
At Champion Buildings, Inc., we devote the same care and attention to laying your concrete slab as we do to erecting your new metal building. This is because we understand how important it is to have a stable, solid foundation so we can make sure the job is done right from beginning to end. When looking for a company to manage and pour your concrete slab, it’s important to do your research and uncover any red flags such as indications of poor customer service, ensure the company is experienced with a demonstrated history of reliability and stability, and ensure that the company has viable insurance that would be sufficient enough to cover your building and project in the event of an unexpected accident.
Let Us Pour the Concrete for Your Metal Building
We can pour the concrete to give your metal building a solid foundation. Whether you are looking for a commercial or agricultural building, we can help! For more information or to purchase your metal building, contact us today!