|Frequently Asked Questions
Are steel structures stronger than its wood-framed
An engineer would say that any material is as strong as it
needs to be.
The truth of the matter is that steel is much stronger than
wood per unit area. A little steel does the same job as
quite a bit of wood. A steel building needs a standard
structure for load distribution and support for the interior
and exterior materials. As a result a steel structure
generally has far more capacity than a wood building. A
steel building can support greater loads, can be built
longer, higher and more open than wood buildings.
The bottom line is that you will get much more building for
Does Mid America Steel Structures provide ready-made
Yes, we do provide pre-designed buildings. We offer
smaller structures that are appropriate for any area in the
United States. We also have larger pre-designed buildings,
but we must make slight modifications so that the structures
meet your local building code requirements.
Areas that regularly experience higher snowfall or high
winds will have different requirements so we make
adjustments to your structure to ensure you can enjoy it for
years to come. We are committed to quality and will assist
you in meeting the requirements of your local authority.
Why do I need insulation?
You don’t HAVE to insulate, but we certainly recommend it.
Insulation can serve to reduce the noise and control
condensation in your steel structure. It will also make your
building much more energy efficient, saving you money on
heating and cooling.
Can I purchase parts and accessories from Mid-America
You certainly can. We have a variety of parts and
accessories for your steel structures. We have siding,
roofing and a large assortment of other parts for your steel
frame. We can also supply vents, doors, insulation and many
other components to complete your building.
Call us toll free at 1-866-SteelBuilding(783-3528).
Is it possible to replace the siding or roof panels on
my steel structure?
If your steel building is suffering from corrosion or is
damaged we can usually replace the panels without having to
also replace the primary structure. We are happy to assess
what is needed and provide the parts needed for replacement.
How do I assemble my steel building?
Assembly of your steel building is a simplified process.
Our buildings come with all of the necessary information you
or your contractor will need to erect your building in the
most cost efficient manner. We provide you with anchor bolt
and foundation requirements while your building is still in
manufacturing so your foundation can be prepared for the
erection of your steel building the day that your components
Can you provide a quote?
We offer a free quote based on info you provide right
here on our site. We will need to know the exact size and
placement of doors and windows to provide an exact price.
Our online submission tool will allow us to quickly estimate
your project. For more complex structures please email us.
How quickly will I receive my metal building?
Depending on the size and complexity of the structure, it
can normally be delivered within a 30-60 day timeframe. Some
projects may require additional design, engineering and,
building code considerations.
What will my delivery cost?
There is not a standard delivery cost. Delivery costs
are determined by distance from manufacturing facility. We
have 3 manufacturing facilities strategically located to
reduce shipping costs. We do, however, deliver your building
in one shipment to reduce the overall delivery fee.
What should I do to prepare once I’ve ordered my steel
Planning is essential for the overall success of any
construction project. You will first need to decide whether
you will erect the structure yourself or hire a contractor.
A single individual can often erect smaller structures like
a small shed or a one-car garage.
If you decide to tackle the project yourself you will
probably need to submit your plans for a permit and
Once these initial steps are approved you will need to work
on the foundation. MidAmerica Steel Structures will provide
an anchor bolt plan so you can lay your footings and prepare
your foundation with the correct placement of anchor bolts
to receive the structure components. When you receive the
building components you may need to rent equipment such as a
lift or crane for the final assembly.
What are the maximum wind loads of your buildings?
We build to meet and exceed even the strongest wind load
requirement in the United States of 150mph.
When I purchase a building what components does that
We provide the entire bolt-together frame, sheet metal
panels, screws, bolts, trim and accessories. Everything you
need to build your building. You will need to arrange for
initial dirt work and concrete for footings, slab, etc.
What equipment do I need to erect a metal building?
To construct a small metal building such as a shed,
• Tools to tighten the bolts. Usually wrenches.
• A cordless drill for self tapping screws
• A level. A longer level is recommended.
• A screwdriver or spud wrench to line up the holes on your
Depending on the size of your steel structure you may also
need to rent construction and lifting equipment such as a
scissor lift or crane. If you plan on building your
foundation you may also need specialized tools. Mid America
Steel Structures can assist with recommendations based on
the size and scale of your project as well as local building
codes and requirements.
What is the maximum span of a steel building?
Rigid frame clearspan buildings that do not have
interior columns can span up to 200 ft wide.
What panel types can I choose from?
We have a variety of panel choices to fit your
application. We provide the following panel products:
• Panel-Loc Plus
• Central Seam Plus
What permits do I need? And how do I get them?
It is best to look into local permit and planning codes
and requirements before purchasing your building to ensure
that your planned building complies with your area building
code and with your local planning and zoning restrictions.
Your building permit requirements will depend on the size,
intent and design of your building as well as it’s location.
Your building department can assist with information about
obtaining permits for your site plan and your building's
structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems.
You will likely need to provide a recent site plan produced
by a licensed surveyor as an initial step.
Why are building codes necessary?
A building code is the government’s official statement
on building safety. It’s a set of minimum safety standards
arranged in a manner that is easy to reference. It covers
all aspects of construction-fire, structural, plumbing,
electrical and mechanical.
Building departments have information detailing how to
obtain the necessary permits and design and construct a safe
Codes apply to your building for the following purposes:
• Personal safety
• Reduction of fire risk
• Conservation of energy
• Protecting future owners