Steel Building Framing

Steel Building Framing System

Sunward Steel Building Framing

Steel Building Framing Styles

Gable Frame

The Gable Framing System is the most common type of building frame and can accommodate every kind of steel building applications.
A Gable Frame can hit clear-span widths from 10 ft up to 200 ft and roof pitches up to 12:12.

Single Slope

If you need a stand-alone building with a slanted roof or want to add an extension to an existing building, the Single Slope is a good option. This framing style is very versatile, providing the flexibility in the design of your steel building or addition.
There is no need for gutters and downspouts as water can be controlled by draining off the low side.


A Multi-Span Framing Style is a good option when you are on a budget and not necessarily in need of a clear-span design.
Interior support columns also help to support the long spans and large roof loads (thereby further saving on coast) if your steel building is more than 75 ft in width.


The Monitor Frame Style has a traditional barn look and was once used mainly for farm buildings. But nowadays the Monitor Steel Buildings are commonly used for houses, workshops, warehouses and other commercial purposes. Unobstructed interiors like the Monitor are possible with the structural integrity of Sunward’s steel buildings.

Multi-Story Mezzanine

If you want to make the most out of the space in your residential building or commercial facility with an upstairs office area, then the Multi-Story steel building with a Mezzanine is a perfect option. This Framing Style can provide endless design solutions, using a combinations of I-Beams, open web bar joists and columns the floor.


A Clerestory roof is an excellent solution to maximize natural light or air circulation. A row of windows or one continuous window is easily integrated with a vertical wall splitting the two sloping roofs.
The Clerestory is high above the rest of the metal building, reaching the most of sunlight and preserving privacy.

Lean-to Frame

You may attach a Lean-to Frame to an existing steel building for a parking area, outdoor storage or a covered porch. Lean-to’s look similar to a single-slope frame but are usually smaller and only used as supplementary structures. Lean-to’s aren’t buildings independent of themselves and mainly attached to an adjacent column.

Straight Column

Strength and stability of the this framing style is maximized in the straight columns of the steel frames. The Straight Column Frame is an excellent choice for garages, offices or other commercial purposes if you want to create an unobstructed interior space.



The Gambrel style roof is also similar to a traditional barn design, offering a large, attractive and fully functional steel building.
If you need to integrate your storage with a second floor or loft, then the Gambrel Frame is a good option for it.

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