Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2018-01-10T17:58:57+00:00

America’s Best Buy in Steel Buildings ™

We are an American owned company that manufactures an all American made product. Our metal buildings are unique, multipurpose facilities designed around the owners many uses. You can play in it, stay in it, manufacture, truck, stable, farm, shop, build a loft, or fellowship in it! We believe that customer satisfaction, quality, low price and easy construction guarantees you the best buy available.

Our church is growing, if we outgrow the building size can we add on to our Kentucky Steel Building?2018-01-08T17:56:14+00:00

Yes! All Kentucky Steel buildings come standard with full load trusses at both endwalls. That allows you to open the endwall and attach more bays to continue your free span facility. Want to make the building wider and add offices/classrooms? Perfect we have thought of that as well, attach enclosed sheds on both sides with the same snow and wind loads of the original building!

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Can we tour churches constructed with your building system?2017-11-27T17:58:18+00:00

Absolutely! We love to work with churches and realize that it takes a great effort from the committees to ensure they are buying and constructing the best possible building for their congregation. We have a few close to our manufacturing/showroom in Winchester, KY and would be happy to tour them with you and allow you to talk with the pastors one on one.

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Can I hide the truss legs in the walls of our sanctuary?2017-11-27T17:57:56+00:00

Yes, Kentucky Steel Manufactures special wall columns for churches, The Cathedral Truss Column. The columns are 8” wide straight up to 8’6” then tapers out. We provide 8” wide girts to go in between the truss legs to hide the truss in the wall. Girts are on 2’ centers so no need to build out addition wall for the exterior as you can attach your sheetrock straight to our girts. Ask your building specialist for more details.

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What is the lowest point in the building?2017-11-27T17:51:01+00:00

Typically, this is at the knee of the truss (where the wall meets the roof) and is 2’ lower than your eave height. As you move towards the center of your span the truss goes up at a 4/12 pitch (4” rise for every 12” over) which will give you good clearance in the center for your needs.

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What height do I need for my gymnasium?2017-11-27T17:50:42+00:00

This poses questions we need to ask of you. What type of sports will you play inside? Do you need bench seating on the sides of the courts? Kentucky Steel buildings can be manufactured to suit your needs. With eave wall heights up to 26’ and higher and a 4/12 roof pitch, you will not have to worry about hitting the rafters on that full court pass, or Hail-Mary to the end zone!!

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Can we put a basketball court in a Kentucky Steel Building?2017-11-27T17:50:25+00:00

Yes, we can accommodate almost any sporting arena. Our 105’ wide clear span truss will give you plenty of room for a basketball court. Unlike pole barns and rigid frame buildings, Kentucky Steel has designed trusses to follow the roofline to maximize your interior head room.

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Can I buy my own garage door and use it on my Kentucky Steel Building?2017-11-27T17:49:29+00:00

Yes, we can provide the framed opening and trim package for the door you want. If you have special requirements for your door, let us know and we will make sure you get what you need. We can manufacture custom mounts, trim, framing etc. Isn’t nice to deal with the factory?

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What is the standard size for a 2-car garage?2017-11-27T17:49:00+00:00

Normally a 30×30 building will accommodate a two-car family. The height of the building will be dependent on the size big door or doors you want. You can put a 16×10 door in the gable of a 30x30x10 building.

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What is the standard size for a 1 car garage?2017-11-27T17:48:36+00:00

Normally a 24×24 building will accommodate a one car family. The height of the building will be dependent on the size big door you want. You can put a 10×10 door in the gable of a 24x24x10 building.

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Does Kentucky Steel provide Sliding Door Packages?2017-11-22T17:38:06+00:00

Yes, Kentucky Steel manufacture the framing, cladding and trim for your sliding doors.  You will get a complete kit with all latches, rails, trim, weather stripping, etc with your sliding door.

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How much room is in your building?2017-11-22T17:37:47+00:00

Unlike pole barns and rigid frame buildings, Kentucky Steel has designed trusses to follow the roofline to maximize your interior head room.  Our standard pitch roof is 4/12 so you will have plenty of room to work on your tractors, combines, hay balers, etc.

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Can you design a custom building to cover our loading docks?2017-11-22T16:53:08+00:00

Yes, we are the manufacturer, so we can design and manufacture to your requirements.

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Will I be able to hang lights, sprinkler systems, fans, etc. (collateral loads) from the ceiling without affecting my snow load?2017-11-22T16:52:40+00:00

Yes, all of our building kits at Kentucky Steel are engineered with a 2 lb. collateral load (most other systems standard is 0.5 lbs. collateral) and we can increase the load depending on your requirements.  What this means is for a 100×100 facility, you can hang 20,000 lbs. from the roof and maintain your snow load.

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Can Kentucky Steel provide mezzanines, second story framing?2017-11-22T16:52:09+00:00

Yes, we can help design and manufacture your mezzanine.  We will need to know what it is being used for (Storage, Offices, Equipment, etc.) and the required floor loading.

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I am not sure where to buy a hangar door…Can you help with this process?2017-11-21T20:36:08+00:00

Absolutely, we have worked with a lot of door manufacturers and once we have determined your need and expectations we can recommend a couple door manufacturers for you to pursue.

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What style of doors will work on my Hangar?2017-11-21T20:35:49+00:00

Kentucky Steel aircraft hangars will accommodate any style of hanger door.  We will need to know the manufacturer of the door and have the prints from the manufacturer to ensure the building is set up and engineered for you door.

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Will my hangar meet my local building code (snow and wind) requirements? FAA Requirements?2017-11-21T20:35:33+00:00

Yes, we manufacture every kit to meet or exceed your local requirements.  We have building kits in all 50 states and 14 different countries.  Any wind zone and snow load can be accommodated.  

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Why should I build my hangar out of steel?2017-11-21T20:35:17+00:00

Pound for pound, Steel is Stronger than Wood.  You have to use more wood in a building to equal the strength of a steel building.  Steel can span farther distances with less material to give you the clear unobstructed spans you need.  You also do not have to worry about rot of insect infestations eating away at your framing.

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Why do I want a Kentucky Steel Building Kit instead of the others for my home?2017-11-21T20:33:28+00:00

We put the most steel into our building kits.  All building kits com with full load enwall trusses, which minimizes the amount of concrete needed to install and give you ease of expansion should you ever want to lengthen your building system.  We also put our purlins (steel roof framing) on 2’ centers and our girts (steel wall framing) on 2’ centers in our premium packages. This gives you the strongest roof and wall with the least deflection in the country.

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Do metal building homes meet local building codes for wind and snow load?2017-11-26T22:30:41+00:00

Yes, KY Steel manufactures every metal building kit to meet or exceed your local requirements.  We have building kits in all 50 states and 14 different countries.  Any wind zone and snow load can be accommodated.

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What kind of steel siding can you use on a metal building home?2017-11-26T22:29:40+00:00

Yes, with our ultimate metal Home Building Package there is enough framing in the exterior walls to allow you to attach any exterior siding you wish.  All us for details and we w make sure you get the Home of your dreams.

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What Are Some Advantages of Steel Building Homes?2017-11-26T22:49:12+00:00

Pound for pound, Steel is Stronger than Wood.  You have to use more wood in a building to equal the strength of a steel building.  Steel can span farther distances with less material to give you the clear unobstructed spans you need.  You also do not have to worry about rot of insect infestations eating away at your framing.

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Can I hide the truss legs in the walls of our home?2017-11-21T20:32:16+00:00

Yes, Kentucky Steel Manufactures special wall columns for homes, The House Truss Column.  The columns are 6” wide straight up to 8’2” then tapers out.  We provide 6” wide girts to go in between the truss legs to hide the truss in the wall.  Girts are on 2’ centers so no need to build out addition wall for the exterior as you can attach your sheetrock straight to our girts.  Ask your building specialist for more details.

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How do I get a building quote?2017-11-20T21:11:56+00:00

Kentucky Steel offers FREE pricing and planning guides so you can learn more about metal building systems and why Kentucky Steel is the Best Value in America!! Once you have determined the size and options you desire call us and we can help finalize the design and give you your complete discounted price.

To give you an exact figure, we’ll need to know about the types, sizes and locations of the windows and doors. We’ll also need to know whether or not you’re going to insulate it.

If you have a complex project that you need to have estimated, then send us an e-mail with a sketch and/or a detailed description, or contact an Kentucky Steel Building Specialist via our toll-free number: 1-800-955-2765

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Can I attach dry wall to the girts in your system?2017-11-20T21:11:31+00:00

Yes, in the ultimate models our girts are 2’ on center and will accommodate the attachment of dry wall.  Being the strongest walls in the industry they are strong enough to provide minimal deflection in high winds.   This equates to no cracking of your seams and leaving you with a beautiful finish.  There is no need for additional purchase of framing to be able to finish your exterior walls in your new Kentucky Steel Ultimate System!

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What purpose do the girts on a metal building serve?2017-11-20T21:11:14+00:00

The girts on a metal building support the metal siding. In technical terms, they transfer the wind load from the siding to the vertical supports. The girts are needed because, even though our metal siding is very strong and durable, it is not rigid enough to span the entire vertical height of a building without buckling in high winds or in the event of an impact. The metal panels need some back-up. Most companies will give you the minimum amount of girts to barely pass the deflection criteria.  Their first one starts at 7’ 6” above grade and then every 6 to 8 ft above that.  You can see and feel the exterior panels deflect in high winds.  Not very comforting to be in.  

Our buildings have more girts, the basic and enhanced models have girts 4’ on center and our ultimate model has girts 2’ on center to provide the least deflection of your walls in the industry.

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Does your factory employ “high pressure” sales people?2017-11-20T21:10:56+00:00

No, high pressure sales people work for independent sales organizations. They claim they are the manufacturer when they are nowhere near the plant.  They will sell you a building and then go out and buy from the lowest cost building system they can find near you. Check these companies out, ask about their warranties, ask if you can visit the plant, etc.

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Do you have “distressed sales buildings” or cancelled buildings sitting around?2017-11-20T21:10:32+00:00

Very seldom. This would only happen if someone put a 25% deposit down and then later cancelled the project.  It very rarely happens anywhere but some companies use this as a tactic to create an urgency for you to buy before someone else snatches it up.

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I don’t see the size I want in your catalog; can you do different sizes than what is listed?2017-11-20T21:08:49+00:00

Yes! One of the many benefits of buying direct from the manufacture is we can design a kit to your exact sizing requirements.  Call us with your ideas and we will bring them to life.

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Can we hire our own contractor to construct our building?2017-11-20T21:08:20+00:00

Yes, we encourage you to seek out a contractor that you are familiar with.  Get several quotes for the concrete and construction.  Always remember though, to not base your decision on the lowest bidder as you may end up paying more in the long run.  Ask for references and check them out.

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Do you have qualified contractors to recommend?2017-11-20T20:58:13+00:00

Yes.  Call us for a list of contractors who will service your area.

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Why do I want a Kentucky Steel Building Kit instead of the others?2017-11-20T20:57:29+00:00

We put the most steel into our building kits.  All building kits com with full load enwall trusses, which minimizes the amount of concrete needed to install and give you ease of expansion should you ever want to lengthen your building system.  We also put our purlins (steel roof framing) on 2’ centers and our girts (steel wall framing) on 2’ centers in our premium packages. This gives you the strongest roof and wall with the least deflection in the country.

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Do you have buildings in my state that we can go see and talk with the owners?2017-11-20T20:56:52+00:00

Most likely, yes.  Although we do not give out names and locations without first discussing it with the current owner.  Owners of our building kits are proud to show you the quality, durability and ease of construction.  Talk to your building specialist to find out where the closest building is to your location.

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Can Kentucky Steel provide foundation engineering?2017-11-20T20:56:33+00:00

Yes, we can provide foundation engineering prints sealed by a professional engineer for your state.  We can do this with or without your soil analysis. Call us for details and let us help you save money.

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Can you do a cost estimate of construction and concrete work?2017-11-20T19:58:26+00:00

Yes. We can estimate cost of construction and concrete based on a level building site.

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Will your building meet my local building code (snow and wind) requirements?2017-11-20T19:57:02+00:00

Yes, we manufacture every kit to meet or exceed your local requirements.  We have building kits in all 50 states and 14 different countries.  Any wind zone and snow load can be accommodated.

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Do I have to pay extra for Kentucky Steel’s warranties?2017-11-20T19:57:41+00:00

No, you do not!  Our warranties are included on every building. We manufacture high quality premium building systems and stand behind our products.

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What is your structural warranty?2017-11-20T19:57:47+00:00

We offer a 50 yr structural warranty, included with you building kit purchase at no cost

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What is your paint warranty?2017-11-20T19:56:11+00:00

We offer a 40 yr paint warranty backed by Valspar. We use Valspar Weather XL paint systems only.

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Is a steel frame building stronger than a wood frame building?2017-11-20T19:57:58+00:00

Pound for pound, Steel is Stronger than Wood.  You have to use more wood in a building to equal the strength of a steel building.  Steel can span farther distances with less material to give you the clear unobstructed spans you need.

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How Do You Build a Steel Building?2017-11-26T22:52:10+00:00

Assembling a steel building is a very simple process in comparison to other building types.

All of our buildings come with an owner’s manual specific to your building system and a complete installation guide with plenty of photographs.  The guide will walk you through the unloading, storage and construction of your steel building.  We also offer complete customer service so you can talk to your building specialist throughout the building process.  We are dedicated to your building system and your peace of mind and want you to build efficiently and correctly.  We will provide you with foundation requirements, anchor bolt templates and specs, while your building is still in manufacturing so that your foundation can be prepared for the construction of your building the day that your building system is delivered.

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How far do you space the purlins (galvanized 2×6 or 2×8 steel secondary framing) on your steel structures?2017-11-20T19:52:38+00:00

The purlin spacing on our enhanced and ultimate steel building kit is 2’ on center, the best in the industry.  This allows for minimal deflection (droop) in your roof under full snow loads and walking/live loads.

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What is the maximum clear span of a metal building?2017-11-20T19:50:45+00:00

Open web steel truss frame clear span buildings that do not have interior columns can span up to 105 ft. wide, whereas our multi-span buildings that have interior columns can span over 210 feet wide. The length of building is typically unlimited.

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What are the Advantages of Steel Buildings?2017-11-13T19:32:57+00:00

Steel’s versatility and durability make it appropriate for many applications.  Its flexibility leads to cost savings and faster construction times.  Here’s a few reasons.

  • Durability even in adverse conditions including adverse fire, snow, winds and seismic conditions.
  • Resistance to rot, termites, and mold.
  • Lower insurance costs versus wood structures
  • Materials are produced and packed in controlled factory conditions free from warping or expansion/contraction.
  • Faster construction times through pre-cut, finished materials and light weight.
  • Flexibility in application – storage, residential, agricultural and commercial uses are common.
  • Low maintenance and long warranties
  • Sustainability and recyclability of the materials
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