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A good, sturdy foundation is crucial to any building that is built. Without a good foundation, any building is going to sink, shift, warp, tilt, or even worse, fall down! That’s why we’ve taken such care in providing you a useful, detailed guide to preparing a foundation for your new metal arch building kit. Every kit does require a foundation of some kind, and you can choose to purchase the materials from us or you can build it with your own materials. The instruction manual that you will receive with your kits has very specific logistics, component suggestions, and lists what you will need for the installation of your foundation.
Everything that you might need to construct the foundation for your kit is available at your local hardware or building supply store (though, as previously mentioned, you can also purchase a foundation kit from us as well). You will need basic tools like a hammer and screw drivers, strings and stakes to outline your installation area, wooden planks, wood screws, “L” brackets, pourable concrete, a shovel (for getting concrete in the corners), and a broom to smooth the concrete. You may need extra supplies if you intend on having walk-in or sliding doors installed on your building, but these extra needs will be listed in your manuals.
The length of your building is an important number when creating your foundation as you need to have it just slightly longer than the actual length of your building to accommodate your kit installation. If you have a building with no ends, your total length will be the building length (number of arches x 24” + 5”). If your building has one end wall and the other end is open, your total length will be the total length of the building (number of arches x 24” + 11”). If your building has two end walls, your total length will be the total length of the building (multiply the number of arches x 24” + 18”). The length of your footer will have the previously calculated total length of your building +5”.
Information about the actual construction of the footer will be included in your manuals, but we’re including a few images, sans information, below to let you get a feel for what it will look like throughout the process, and after everything is said and done.
Questions about the foundations and what it takes to create the base for your new metal arch building kit? Feel free to call us at 800-398-2724. We’re more than happy to explain the process to you and talk you through any questions or issues that you might have.
Note: The information on this page is very general and not complete, nor is it nearly as detailed as the foundation instruction manual that you will receive upon purchase of your steel arch building kit, but it gives you an idea of what goes into creating your foundation and some of the materials needed to do so. Illustrations are for reference only. Actual dimensions portrayed in illustrations are determined by blueprints and local building codes.
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