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by Donna Milner Assembled like a big erector set, metal buildings offer residential builders an easy inroad to commercial construction METAL BUILDING BASICS JLC - APRIL 1989 The thought of cold-rolled steel construction may not warm your heart, but it might pay to consider it as an alternative to wood-frame, residential building. After all, how many really good clients have you had in the last two years? And how many bad ones, where the last payment was held up because of a nail pop? With metal buildings, you won't have nail pops; you will have clients who want a lot of space in a hurry and are willing to pay for it. Pre-Engineered Metal Building Types There are two basic types of pre-engineered metal building: the rigid-frame building, and the