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When shopping around for a steel building, whether it be for a barn or garage, you should know the terms and words used in the industry. An educated consumer is rarely taken advantage of.   

We have put together this glossary in hopes of educating you the consumer.
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Fabricate To manufacture, form, construct or assemble a product or component.
Fading A color change that involves a lightening or weakening of the color which may involve a change in hue.
Fascia, Facia Decorative trim or panel projecting from the face of a wall.
Fastener Clips or screws used to attach panels to the structure and to each other.
Felt A flexible sheet manufactured by the interlocking of fibers through a combination of mechanical work, moisture and heat, without spinning, weaving or knitting. Roofing felts are manufactured from vegetable fibers (organic felts), asbestos fibers (asbestos felts) or glass fibers (glass fiber felts).
Finish (1) The final treatment or coating of a surface or (2) the fine or decorative work required to make a building or its parts complete.
Fixed base A vertical structural member, bolted to and positioned at 90 degree to a sidewall column to provide additional base fastening and to prevent column rotation.
Flange The projecting edge of a structural member.
Flange Brace A brace from flange of column or rafter to girt or purlin to provide lateral support and stability.
Flashing The system used to seal membrane edgings at walls, expansion joints, drains, gravel stops and other places where the membrane, cap or counter flashing shields the upper edges of the base flashing.
Fluoropolymer A metal finish also known as PVF2. Trade names: Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000.
Footing A pad or mat, usually concrete, located under a column, wall, or other structural member, used to distribute loads from the member into supporting soil.
Foundation The substructure on which a building rests.
Frame Primary structural members, made up of columns and rafters, which support the secondary framing.
Framed Opening Opening in a wall that is framed with light gage members.

 



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