Many business owners and individuals who are already convinced about the reliability, strength and versatility of steel buildings still have doubts about the aesthetic appeal they can enjoy with their buildings. The short answer to the question “can steel buildings be made beautiful?” is a resounding yes – here are a few features to support the argument.
Endless Design Options
In terms of initial design, steel buildings are plain structures that can be embellished almost any way. A metal building consists mainly of panels, frames and trusses that can be covered to make the walls resemble more conventional, brick and mortar buildings and the design options are almost unlimited when it comes to adding openings and deciding about roof style.
Design Options for the Walls
The wall panels can be left exposed for a more industrial appearance or they can be covered or coated to confer them a truly unique look. Owners can use pre-engineered exterior panels to be installed over the walls to create the appearance they want without having to add weight to the walls with traditional masonry.
Design Options for the Roof
Steel buildings can be fitted with flat roofs, with sloping roofs or with a combination of the two for an attractive contemporary look. The wall panels can be painted and coated to resemble shingles or clay tiles and cool roofs are also available if energy-efficiency is the owner’s top priority.
The additional features, such as the skylights, windows, doors and vents used in steel buildings are also available in an almost endless variety:
- Steel buildings are very stable and resistant structures, therefore they can be fitted with windows of any style and size without compromising the integrity of the building;
- The roof can accommodate any type of skylight to add not only visual appeal, but natural light to the interior space as well;
- Door options are also wide, allowing owners and designers to choose the style that reflects the use of the building. Simple walk doors, garage doors, overhead roll-up doors, glass doors, sliding doors and many other types are available;
- The gutter pipes and the vents can also be chosen to meet functional and design-related considerations. The pipes available for modern steel buildings serve not only the purpose of channeling excess water, but they can also be used as accents that mark the building perimeters. As for the vents, you can get them coated to the color around to conceal them or you can paint them in a contrasting color to use them as design accents.
Colors and Finishes
Most steel building manufacturers offer a wide range of colors that they have in stock, but if you cannot find the exact shade that you are looking for among the default colors, you can get custom colors mixed to your exact specifications.
Textured finishes are also available. You can choose not only glossy or satin finishes, but rough textures as well, so you can mix, match and combine colors and textures to create the modern, elegant, attractive building that meets your requirements and is a pleasure to look at.