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Let's talk about some of the basic components we use in a steel building so you can effectively communicate to your SBS building consultant exactly what you want!


We want you to see the difference between a Searcy Metal Building and our competitors for yourself. Apples to apples a Searcy steel frame building is the best.


we don’t want you in the dark on your building. Knowing the lingo will help you stay informed and prepared.


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The first thing you will need to communicate is the layout (or footprint) of your steel building.  There are three important dimensions you will need to convey to your metal building system specialist:.

Exterior Wall Surfaces

Metal buildings have four exterior wall surfaces. Two of these walls are called Sidewalls and two of these walls are called Endwalls.

  • Sidewalls

    Sidewalls are characterized by a contact point between the wall panels and the roof panels that aligns parallel with the finished floor. The sidewall is where the gutters would attach. It determines the length of the building.


    Endwalls are characterized by the roof slope which can be observed where the wall panels meet the roof panels. On a gabled building, this is the wall where the “A” line or peak of the roof can be seen. On a single-slope building or a lean-to building the endwall shows the wall sloping from a high to low side. The endwall is the wall that determines the building “width” dimension. These four walls can further be identified as the
    • Front Sidewall
    • Left Endwall
    • Back Sidewall
    • Right Endwall

    With your steel building anatomy in mind, this is how you would successfully communicate where you want your walk doors, windows and large doors located. Notice that these designations run Clockwise around the building perimeter.

Pitch Options

The point where the sidewalls meet the roof is called the eave. Eave trim finishes the raw edges of the panels. One might choose to add a gutter system to divert water from the roof and away from the foundation. Eave height is determined by measuring the distance from the bottom of the column base plate to the point where the roof and sidewall intersect. (PLEASE NOTE:  Eave height and “clear height inside the building” are not the same. If you require a specific clearance inside your steel building system, please be sure to let your sales representative know so that they can help you to determine the necessary eave height that you will need.) Designations run counter-clockwise around the building perimeter.

Frame Types

Gabled ( Clear Span )

A double sloped building in which the ridge is in the center of the building. Welded plate, tapered column ?clear span? system, available in 1:12 or steeper roof slope.

  • Standard widths are 20′ to 240'
  • Bay widths of 20′ ,  25′ or 30′

Greater widths and eave heights may be achieved upon request.

Gabled ( with interior columns )

A double sloped building in which the ridge is in the center of the building. Available in

  • Widths of 80′ to 240′
  • Wave heights of 12′ to 25′
  • Standard bay lengths of 20′, 25′ or 30′
  • Roof slope is 1:12 or steeper

Greater building widths may require more than one row of interior columns to reduce building cost.


A roof that slopes in one direction with a high sidewall and opposite low sidewall. Single-slope buildings are typically used for strip malls, office complexes, or buildings along a road frontage.

Decorative façades or parapet walls are commonly used to hide the roofline and provide an architectural appearance.

Single-slope metal buildings are also used when adding on to an existing building that was not designed to carry the load of an attaching building.


A Lean-to ties in at the eave or below the eave of another building.

Unlike the single-slope building, the lean-to does not have high side columns, but instead the rafter attaches to the parent building which is designed to take the forces of the lean-to.

Single-slope metal buildings are also used when adding on to an existing building that was not designed to carry the load of an attaching building. Width and height maximum dimensions will vary according to the parent steel building dimensions.

Sheeting & Trim Details

Searcy Building Systems builds come standard with sturdy 26-gauge PBR roof and wall panels.  An industry favorite, the PRB panel is extremely important on roofs because the bearing leg on the panel protects against foot-traffic damage and helps prevent the panel from “rolling” thus creating leaks.  The PBR panel is one of the most economical and durable covering systems available.

Our roof sheets are available in our standard PBR panel or one of our optional standing seam panels. All of our roof panels are available in 22, 24 or 26 gauge steel and come standard with a Galvalume® finish.  As an option, our roof sheets can be painted with our 20-year baked on enamel paint system – this siliconized polyester resin comes in 16 different colors from which to choose. The Galvalume® substrate is a zinc and aluminum coating that is applied over the bare steel panel to extend the life of the steel and keep it from rusting.

Searcy Building Systems’ standard wall panels are available in a PBR-panel or an optional architectural A-panel. Our wall panels are available in 22, 24 or 26 gauge and are available in 16 different siliconized polyester color choices. Trim is available in 26 ga matching or contrasting colors. SBS can also delete the wall panels completely should you desire brick, block, stone or other exterior finishes. Specialty panels like insulated sandwich panels or panels that mimic a stucco finish are available upon request.

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This is Searcy Building Systems was established in 2017 as a furnish and erect company. Although the company itself is young, it is owned and operated by seasoned industry professionals. Together we have 120 years of combined experience in all phases of construction of pre-engineered metal buildings.

Permit drawings typically arrive 4-12 weeks (depending on job complexity) after the building order has been placed.

SBS Engineering department has all State codes at its disposal; however, it is always safest to check with your local inspector as they are privy to the local topography and weather patterns. It is highly recommended that you speak with your local officials as local code requirements may vary

Your metal building drawings include 3 copies of stamped anchor bolt and permit drawings, it does not include foundation drawings. Searcy Building Systems can price foundation plans to you in most states for a nominal fee.

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