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How Would You Like That Building? Certified or Non-Certified?

How Would You Like That Building? Certified or Non-Certified?

Certified vs. Non-Certified Steel Buildings

While all metal buildings are either certified or non-certified when engineered, it’s not always easy to tell the difference between the two by simply looking on the outside. The primary difference between these two building styles resolves primarily around the structural integrity of your unit and its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions.

What Exactly is a Certified Metal Building?

So, what exactly does it mean to have your structure certified? Simply put, a certified steel building is designed and engineered by professionals to withstand certain wind and snow loads, as well as to meet your area’s building codes and requirements. If your local zoning office and local building department requires a permit for your building project, the only structure that will meet those requirements is a certified metal building. These units are designed and installed with additional framing pieces and a stronger framing style to ensure its overall durability and longevity.

What about Non-Certified Metal Building?

If you live in a county that has no permit requirements for your building project, you’ll be given the option to invest in a non-certified steel structure. In a situation such as this, the decision between certified and non-certified buildings is ultimately yours. Though they are not designed to withstand harsh weather conditions such as certified structure, they are still a reliable choice for most any need you have. Compared to stick-builds, our non-certified buildings are a far superior option because of their durability, affordability and reliability.

The Key Differences!

While their overall structural integrity and longevity are the two primary differences between non-certified and certified structures, there are several other differences that should be taken into consideration first. We’ve listed several of these key differences here below.

  • All certified steel buildings are designed and engineered to be made with 12-gauge framing pieces. While it is the strongest framing option available, our non-certified structures are installed with another reliable framing style; 14-gauge.
  • Though both certified and non-certified structures are able to withstand lighter wind and snow loads, certified metal buildings are built to withstand even the most extreme weather conditions.
  • Certified steel structures are approved by a professional engineer, while non-certified buildings do not need approval before being installed.
  • Non-certified buildings are installed with all standard bracing pieces, but to ensure the durability of our certified structures, they include additional knee and peak braces during installation.

Ready to Make Your Choice Between a Non-Certified and Certified Metal Building?

We understand how confusing the decision between a certified and non-certified metal building may be, but with help from our building representatives at Get Carports, we make that decision much easier. You can contact us today by email or give us a call at +1 (800) 691-5221 to learn more about our available products and their certifications.

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