Adding a few aesthetic extras goes a long
ways towards dressing up a building Most customers want the
economics of a metal building but don't want it to look like
"Steve's Air Conditioning" in their back yard. (no offense to
Lean-To's are economical and create much welcomed
protection from Arkansas's sun and rain. After 26 years of
building buildings a few things have come clear. Human
beings and hound dogs love lean-to's. Lean-to's can come off
all four sides. They can come with a dirt floor, a finely
graded gravel floor or a concrete floor. When pouring a
concrete floor for a lean-to we typically give it a broom
finish for outdoor traction. There are three choices with
Classic American Farm is where the high side of the
lean-to starts at the main buildings drip edge. The lean-to
has a lower roof pitch than the main building.
Monitor Style is where the lean-to starts a couple of
feet lower than the main buildings drip edge. Some people
refer to this as a Kentucky horse barn. This style is
Nuevo Style is where the lean-to keeps the same
height and roof pitch of the main building.
Glass Overhead Doors are an attention getter. They
add natural light, distinction and a touch of whimsy to your
Follow the pitch Overhead Door Tracks
Having the tracks of the overhead doors follow the same
pitch as the roof pitch keeps you from losing interior room.
Furring Walls We can build Furring Walls for you on
the inside of the building so you can hang sheetrock.
Furring walls are built on the inside of the exterior walls
inside Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings and Post Frame Metal
Buildings so you have a smooth surface to screw(attach) your
sheetrock or tongue and groove wood siding to.
Furring Wall for Post Frame
Internal Walls are essentially bedroom and bathroom
walls" These are built in such a way they are ready for you
to hang sheetrock. The internal framed openings for walk
doors are part of the package. We can also do "pocket doors"
if we know in advance."
Cedar Crows Feet
Internal Insulation is the second layer of insulation
(fiberglass batts) that is put in between the wall studs on
the exterior walls. All OMB buildings come with a R-10 value
and Low-E insulation installed sandwich method (this is done
so the building will not sweat). When the building is going
to be a home the R-10 is not enough. A second layer of
insulation is needed on the inside of the exterior walls. We
recommend and install fiberglass batts insulation as shown
in this photo. This second layer of insulation can be had in
R-19, R-24 and even R-30 values.
Heat Ventilation Air Conditioning
systems are available. The hvac system is typically put in
before the internal walls and before the sheetrock is hung.
The size of the AC unit will be matched for your internal
Underground Electric Conduit keeps the ugly SB
connection from going through the wall. The height is
already set to meet code. The rebar coming up through the
concrete is the Ufer rod (grounding rod) and is tied into
the rebar in the foundation.
Inset Bay is engineering speak for a roof overhang
coming off the end of a building that keeps the same
roofline. Inset Bays were popular with service stations of
the 1920's. Today they are economical and very useful. Like
a lean-to they give protection from sun and rain but are
Light Solutions Putting fixed glass windows high in the walls flood the
interior with light and keep the building secure.
Ground, Polished and Clear Sealed
Overhangs are probably the most dramatic addition a
customer can add. The building instantly looks more
expensive than what it cost to build. Overhangs give a more
Wainscot has been dressing up buildings since the
17th century. Wainscot is available in metal panels of a
different color. Wainscot comes with a special trim that
directs water to the outside of the building. (where it
belongs) It is also available in brick or stone, cultured or
real. We are fortunate enough to have a bricklayer with over
30 years of experience work for us. We usually can match
your homes existing brick or rock work. By using the exact
same brick or rock wainscot as your home, it instantly makes
your new building belong.
Wood Corbels really soften up a metal building
Cupolas add character. If you want for your building
to stand out from the crowd, a cupola will do it. Available
in different sizes to match the proportions of your
building. They come in maintenance free metal or glass. Past
customers have put lights inside their glass cupola's to add
a touch of whimsy.
Flying Gables are alive and well in the Ozarks.
Flying Gables are economical and create a instant classic.
Guaranteed to be a conversation starter with your friends
Sliding Doors tells the world that this is a horse
barn. The old fashion sliding door still plays a part in
this modern world. Any horse owner can tell you why they
want a sliding door instead of a overhead.
Dutch Doors just about seem standard for a fancy
horse barn. Built strong enough to hold up to a draft horse
these are the real McCoy. 5" x 5" post are used for the door
jambs. Typically these Dutch Doors raise the self esteem of
Custom Features - We offer a host of custom features
to make your building your own.
In-floor radiant heating systems
Walk doors are available in 3', 4' and 6'
wide versions. If you leave it up to us, we will install it
right hand out for security. If you want for it to swing in
like in a typical home we will do it and we will even
accommodate the lefties.
French Doors are not often equated with metal buildings.
However most people would be surprised at how many we have
installed over the years. They let in a lot of natural light
and really class up a building.
Windows made right here in Arkansas come in many sizes. The
3030 size in white are the bargain of the group. 3030 stands
for 3 feet 0 inches wide X 3 feet 0 inches tall. They are
available in lots of different sizes and colors. Best of all
we know how to install them so they don't leak. We
don't use the old simple "J" trim around our windows. Just
about all windows with "J" trim will leak during their
lifespan. We use a system that was pioneered by one of the
real expensive national brands. It is a much better way of
trimming out windows on these metal buildings.
Attic Trusses are economical and give the customer the
opportunity to create a old fashioned attic in their new
building. Just to clarify the attic truss is not a attic. It
is just a truss that has been engineered to create a attic.
Most customers create their own attic by laying down the
deck themselves. The big indoor lumber yards carry the fold
down stairs that most customers install for the access.
Scissor Trusses are used in a building to create a cathedral
ceiling effect. Scissor Trusses give more interior height in
the center of a building. A scissor truss can be used to
create a dramatic interior if being finished out. A scissor
truss can also be used to lower the overall height of a
building and still get a big door in the end of it. This
often comes into play when you don't want the building to
overwhelm the customer's home.
Gambrel Roofs are ancient and first appeared in America in
the 1774 Boston Carpenters price book. By having two
different roof pitches on the same roof makes the gambrel
stand alone. Gambrel Roofs are available in standard
trusses, attic trusses and even scissor trusses.
Insulation is standard with Ozark Metal Building. We feel so
strongly about this the customer will have to make a special
request to have it removed from a quote. Any enclosure will
sweat once there is a temperature difference between inside
and outside more than 25 degrees. Insulating these metal
buildings stops that. If a metal building is not insulated
the sweating(water dripping from the ceiling) is
inconvenient in the short term and a real problem in the
long term. Sweating will shorten the lifespan of a building.
Ozark Metal Buildings is in business for the long term. We
do not want to build something today that becomes a legacy
cost in the future.
Building Codes - vary from state to state, county to
county and city to city.
Ozark Metal Buildings is a General Contracting firm in good
standing. Rest assured that your building will go up
in a timely manner, for the agreed upon price and without
Permits - Ozark Metal Buildings usually pulls the
permits for the customer if it is standard. We pull it and
the customer pays for it.
Non Standard Permits - Some customers need a variance
in order to get a permit. Ozark Metal Buildings will advise
and attempt to pull a non standard permit. Please understand
that securing a building permit is not guaranteed.
Large Scale Development - If your project falls into
Large Scale Development we can help with that. By working
with building officials, architects, engineers and fire
marshals we can push as hard as anybody else can push.
Please understand that LSD takes time and money. Call the
office for a consultation and fee schedule.
Termite pre-treatment is mandatory for a wood framed
building in Benton county and a good idea everywhere else.
We include the termite pre-treatment on all of our jobs for
free. If you have an existing termite contract with your
home you can use the same company at your expense. We will
alert you to when they need to hit the jobsite so it is
Ozark Metal Buildings practices performance pay points. When
you place a order with us we ask for a deposit. This initial
deposit is the only time you actually have to trust us.
Every other pay point comes after we have finished a portion
of your building project. Typically we ask for a partial
payment after the dirt work is complete. (if needed)
Typically we ask for a partial payment after the building
kit has been delivered to your jobsite. We then typically
ask for a partial payment after the concrete floor has been
finished. Typically we ask for a partial payment after the
trusses are standing. We usually ask for the last partial
payment after the walk around.
The walk around is for the customer's security. A walk
around is where the customer and a representative of Ozark
Metal Buildings goes through that building making sure
everything promised has been completed. We make sure the
windows work, make sure the overhead doors seal up, make
sure the trim looks strait. By not getting paid the last
portion until the punch list has been punched ensures the
customers satisfaction. This is the best way a customer can
make sure his or her building has been completed. A walk
around is not to renegotiate the price of the building nor
is not intended to extract a pound of flesh. We are
reasonable people and ask the same from our customers.
Foundation vs Floating slab. It is common for any
kind of cement floor to be called a foundation. That is not
always correct. OMB wants for it's customers to know what
they are getting for their money and for there not to be any
confusion. A foundation includes a footer that goes below
frost depth. Here in the Ozarks our frost depth usually runs
16" to 18" deep. By getting the footer down below the frost
depth, it eliminates the heave from frost in the ground.
This stops the floor from moving up and down between winter
Having a real foundation is required inside some city limits
if you want to add a bathroom. It is not required in Benton,
Madison, Carroll, Washington, Delaware or McDonald counties.
However it could be a requirement depending on what city the
building will be built in.
A foundation can be used with a Stick Frame Metal Building,
a Red Iron Metal Building or a Simple Home.
Floating Slab. A floating slab is not a foundation. A
floating slab does not have the footer. A floating slab
moves up and down about 3/8 of a inch between summer and
winter. This movement comes from moisture in the ground
freezing and causing heave. Don't let this brutal
description scare you away from a floating slab. To put it
in perspective about 60 million homes in America are built
on floating slabs. They work just fine. We just want for our
customer to know what they are getting for their money. A
floating slab is used in Post Frame Metal Buildings.(Pole
Barns) A Post Frame Metal Building does in fact have a
foundation, it is the big wooden post going three feet in
the ground. This simple but effective design is what makes a
Post Frame Metal Building so economical. This small movement
is imperceptible to the average user and does not affect the
utility of the building in any way.
Floating Slab with thickened edge. A floating slab
with a thickened edge around the perimeter is used on Stick
Frame Metal Buildings. Being that the outside perimeter
walls are load bearing on a Stick Frame Metal Building we
give the slab extra concrete and add in re bar around the
outside perimeter. Though this is not absolutely necessary,
and some other companies do not add this, OMB is in the
business for the long run. It is so much less expensive to
build a building right the first time, than to try and
repair it later.
Concrete Block Wall Foundations are commonly used
when building on the steep terrain around Beaver Lake. Go
ahead and point to a steep hillside covered with trees, OMB
can place your building where you want. Once a hillside is
over about 15% grade a traditional red dirt pad no longer
works. To combat this we excavate a trench footing that
contours to the slope. We make it contour by adding in
steps. This step footing will include the appropriate amount
of re bar held in the proper position using chairs. This
step footing will also include re bar uprights going into
the blocks. We then block up. Typically every seven layers
of blocks get a bond beam. A bond beam is a continuous layer
of block that has re bar ran through it horizontally. This
adds additional strength. Depending on the size and height
the foundation may get a dead man anchor. A dead man anchor
is a glorified blob of concrete inside the foundation that
we use to pin to the bond beam. At the top of the block wall
we use what is called "L" blocks. L blocks are used to hair
pin the top of the block wall to the interior of the
concrete floor. Each block will have re bar ran through it
vertically. All blocks are core filled with a special
concrete slurry to add strength. The interior of the block
wall foundation is back filled with rock. This description
is typical of a concrete block wall foundation. This may
seem like over kill by some, however it is the only way to
be sure that the foundation does not become a liability in
Concrete Block Wall Foundations are used for Stick
Frame Metal Buildings, Red Iron Metal Buildings and Simple
Thoughts on Concrete
Here at Ozark Metal Buildings we understand concrete. If the sun is shinning, or if it is cloudy. Summer vs Winter pours. Whether air needs to be added because it will be a driveway or none for a buildings floor. If we need to put a sprinkler on it to cool it down or if we need to put straw on it to insulate it so it sets up. Whether or not to add Calcium, and if so one or two percent solution. Hot water to be added at the last minute or none. Keeping the control joint sections small enough. Timing the saw joints so the saw doesn't rip out the rocks because it is still too green and not too cured that it already has a mind of it's own. The distance between the batch plant and the job site also has to be accounted for. If the air temperature is rising or falling. Humidity and the cure time.
Lots of calculations go into getting the customer a nice floor finish that he or she will be proud of. When pouring concrete nothing is a substitute for experience. In the past we have had great results. However there is still a chance that the concrete could crack outside the control joints. If it does happen there is no structural damage, it does not weaken the floor. It's just not as pretty as it could have been. We will give a sincere apology but no money back. We take all known precautions and follow the same formula that has worked in the past. We want our customers to know that we are striving behind the scenes to get the best results possible.
Ozark Metal Buildings is locally owned and operated. We are
proud of the buildings we build. We strive to make every
customer happy with their purchase. This leads to repeat and