What Are Anchors?
One of the most important aspects of installing a metal building is ensuring that it is properly anchored to the ground. This is essential in order to keep the building secure and prevent it from being plunged over high winds or other severe weather conditions.
Anchors are used to keep custom metal structures attached to the ground during all kinds of weather. An anchor can be a rod or bolt which is either cast or set in the foundation to fasten your metal structure permanently. This provides stability and prevents movement of the building. These anchors are built with high-strength steel and can differ in diameter, shape, and inches.
The type of anchor you use depends on the type of surface you plan to install your carport or other custom metal building on. However, no matter what type of anchor you choose, it is important to make sure that it is installed correctly. This means that the anchor must be driven into the ground at the correct depth and angle. If you are not sure how to install anchors correctly, it is best to hire a professional contractor to do the job for you. This will ensure that your metal building is properly anchored and will withstand the worst weather conditions.
American Metal Buildings excels in installing permanent and properly anchored structures so that your metal building stands for years.
Read on to learn more about the different types of anchors for different foundations.
Types of Anchors with Their Uses
The anchor placement and type will differ depending on the foundation and the metal building. For example, a 12×20 steel carport with an asphalt slab will require a different anchor plan than a 40×60 commercial building with a concrete slab. Therefore, it is important to understand different types of anchors and suitable foundations.
1) Rebar Anchors
Rebar anchors are 1/2”x32” and are used to secure your metal building directly to the ground with sturdy soil, which provides structural stability for construction projects. In the course of building installation, a rebar anchor is attached to the base rail of your structure and then secured or hammered in the ground. Rebar anchors are a great way to ensure that your metal building is secure and provide peace of mind in knowing that your investment is well-protected.
This type of anchor is not recommended for soft soil or areas that experience greater wind extremes.
2) Auger Anchors, Also Known as Mobile Anchors
If you’re looking to install a metal carport on a bare surface, auger anchors are the way to go. These anchors can be installed into dirt or soil, as it firmly holds the ground and provides adequate support to your metal structure. These anchors can also be installed on soft or loose soil and still manage to maintain the stability of your structure. Auger anchors are recommended for areas with high and heavy winds. In addition, these are the anchors used to certify metal buildings and prevent your structure from moving in windy weather.
3) Concrete Anchors
Concrete anchors are the most suitable type of anchor to use when installing a custom metal building or a carport on a concrete slab. These anchors are considered very strong and helpful in areas that experience extreme winds. Concrete expansion anchors are drilled into the base rail of a metal structure and then into the concrete slab, followed by fastening the bolts and screws. The size of this anchor will depend entirely on the thickness of the concrete foundation.
4) Asphalt Anchors
Asphalt anchors are commonly used on asphalt slabs. The asphalt foundation is made up of stone, gravel, and sand and is likely to crack when pressure is applied, making it unreliable for concrete, mobile, and rebar anchors. Asphalt screws have a thread-like structure and are only used on asphalt slabs in order to avoid too much stress on the foundation. If the anchors are placed correctly without cracking the foundation, they can be used for areas with extreme winds, like concrete ones. Asphalt anchors are not recommended for concrete and soil foundations.
Tips to Anchor Your Steel Structure Properly
If you are a DIYer and are looking to install metal building by yourself, here are some tips for you to consider when placing anchors for your metal building, carport, garage, or barn:
1) Always check with your local building department for any codes and regulations regarding the installation of your metal building.
2) Make sure you have the proper type of anchor for your foundation and
that your foundation is set properly.
3) Drill the anchors safely into the base rail of the metal building and
into the foundation.
4) Always wear gloves and take other safety precautions when performing the installation.
5) If you are seeking help from a professional, get permission from the building department first, and inform the professional about the zoning code and what type of foundation you have.
6) Do not use any other alternative, like girts and purlins, to secure your metal building on the foundation. Anchors are the recommended method for better stability of your building.
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