Depending on the size and design of the steel building, there are two options for moving it. Larger steel buildings compacted to the foundation must be dismantled and reassembled, while smaller steel buildings can be moved short distances in one piece. Either way, moving a steel building 50 feet or 500 miles requires a lift and a skilled lift operator. if moved a significant distance, an 18-wheeler is required.
Smaller steel buildings, such as sheds or small garages, can be moved without dismantling. If a smaller building is moved a short distance, for example from one end of the property to the other, it can actually be slid. The process begins by carefully lifting the front of the steel building with a lift and inserting wood underneath to act as scaffolding, then repeating this process at the back of the building. Then, by attaching a tow rope to a tree under the building, the steel structure can be towed from place to place.
Although this method is much cheaper than disassembling and reassembling, it is also more risky. Uneven movement can cause bending and twisting that can damage or destroy the structural integrity of a steel building. A recommended but not foolproof method to prevent bending is to reinforce the footings by attaching a 2×4 cut across the width of the building to the footings, forming a kind of frame. After all, the building can be towed by a truck on rails; just like a child whose parents slide through the snow in a sled.
If the building needs to be moved further, it can be lifted from lift 2 until the truck can move below it, allowing the lift to lower the steel building or fence onto the bed of the truck. The truck can then move the building and then the elevator again and raise and lower the steel building to its new property.
Moving a larger building is much more complicated because it involved breaking the building down into its basic parts, transporting the components, and putting them back together. The most important part of demolishing a building is organization. Improper disassembly can result in expensive costs in the form of lost or damaged parts. It is highly recommended to hire skilled workers to ensure that the structural integrity of the steel building is protected during all stages of the relocation process.
Demolition of the building takes place in practically the opposite order to construction. Remove the trim and accessories, then the ceiling and wall panel, then the frame. A new foundation must be prepared for the new location with suitable anchor bolts. Once all the components have been moved from the original location to the new location, the rebuilding process can begin as if it were a brand new building. Quality buildings are easier to move because their parts are more resistant to the wear and tear of biting and reassembly. Pre-welded holders for buildings also speed up the whole process and prevent the loss of loose bolts during transport.