is the pre-engineered
core of our Sierra steel garages. Basically, an Absolute
Steel frame system is a lot like a wood frame system
on a stick-built garage.
The difference between our frame system and other steel
garages is that most steel building frame systems are
supported by isolated, big heavy I-Beams that support
the load of the building in isolated spots. The main
support is offered by a large I-Beam. Then, by use of
adjustment cables, the walls are tied to this I-Beam.
- An I-Beam bears almost the whole weight of the building.
This adds a single point(s) of high stress to your
foundation, causing you to have to pour beefed up
footings underneath those I-Beams. This causes you
a lot of unnecessary costs. That’s why engineered
plans from those other companies never include the
concrete and foundation plan—with all those
isolated loads, the plans require a separate engineer
just to perform soil stability tests and such to make
sure the ground can support those excessive loads!
- Our secret? The Stand-Alone frame system distributes
weight evenly throughout the system.
- An I-Beam is HEAVY and cumbersome to install, and
typically takes a forklift or crane to raise and hold
in place. Pieces do not fit properly and you’d
better be handy with a cutting torch and welder. With
an Absolute Steel frame system, two people can build
a complete garage!
- Unassembled, the heaviest piece of the Stand-Alone
frame system is 29 pounds!! Yet it is super-tough
and durable. In fact, you can typically carry your
uninstalled frame system in the bed of a pickup truck
or smaller flatbed trailer.
- With I-Beam construction, heavier panels are required
to support the garage. Typically, 26 gauge panels
are used. You don't need anything this heavy except
to support that structure. Totally unnecessary. Take
away the exterior panels on other buildings, and you'll
find there’s nothing there — no support,
no stability! This is why the competition brags about
those “heavy duty” 26 gauge panels…
they need them!
- With our frame system, the frame will be sturdy
even with no panels installed! Just like a wood frame,
the load is supported and distributed evenly throughout
- Not having to deal with those frustrating "cable-ties"
on the gable ends. Those things are a bear to get
adjusted properly - if they can be adjusted properly
at all. Besides, we don't believe your garage
should be wired together!
- Save money on your concrete foundation! You won't
need those massive 3' x 4' footings to support the
isolated load of the I-Beam construction.
- Save on engineering—our engineered
plans include your concrete and foundation plan!
- On the Sierra model,
subject to certain modifications based upon your exterior
material, you can use almost any type of exterior
material you want on your garage - including wood,
brick, stucco, etc. Make your steel garage match your
The "Slip-Joint" Connections
There are several steel garage kits on the market. None
of them provide you with the finest frame system made
in the world. Ours are made of 2” x 3” with
14 & 15 gauge galvanized rectangular tubing. All
of our steel frame components have the maximum galvanized
protection: G90. Applied over the galvanized layer we
apply patented clear coat to help our frames maintain
their corrosive resistant reputation.
That’s why our building frame systems are in
use by the United States Marines in Hawaii and our carport
frame systems are used by Cargill Salt in their mines
in Ohio to direct air flow down in the mine...imagine
the moisture and salt inside that mine!
The competition uses bare steel, then paints it with
a red oxide primer — there’s a reason
they paint it the same color as rust!!
As mentioned, the "stand alone" frame system
comes with our Sierra Garage.
Our other garage types, the Teton
and the Sonoran,
do not incorporate the Stand-Alone Frame. However, these
frames use the same rigid steel construction. The only
difference is that these garage frames do not have the
Sierra's horizontal components. Other than that, they
are the same. The panels on the Teton and Sonoran garages
help to lock the system in place. They are applied in
a horizontal fashion adding structural integrity to
the building that does not require the use of girts
and purlins. Engineering that meets your area’s
wind and snow loads are available on all our frame systems.