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In a world that’s rapidly advancing, the distribution industry is at the forefront, ever-evolving to meet increasing demand. As the lifeline of e-commerce and global trade, warehouses must be durable, scalable, and flexible. Sunward’s pre-engineered steel buildings are the perfect solution for establishing distribution warehouses, with an array of benefits to fulfill diverse industry needs.

Distribution warehouses require vast, unobstructed spaces for efficient operations. With our steel buildings offering wide clear-spans (up to 200’ wide), you can confidently accommodate racking systems, machinery, and ensure smooth movement of goods. The high overhead clearance is perfect for vertical storage, optimizing the use of space.

Balancing Practicality and Aesthetic Appeal

Not just workhorses, Sunward’s steel warehouse buildings can be tailored to match your brand’s aesthetic. The buildings are not only functional and sturdy but can also be designed to have a modern and polished appearance. Our steel buildings are built to endure, while providing an engaging environment for employees.

Sunward’s distribution warehouse steel buildings are ideal for:

  • Distribution Centers
  • Fulfillment Centers
  • Cross-docking facilities
  • Bulk storage
  • Cold storage

Our buildings are cost-effective, easy to maintain, and can be expanded to adapt to your growing needs. Our expert team will assist you in complying with local building codes and can connect you with reliable contractors to ensure a smooth building process.

Discover the possibilities with Sunward Steel’s distribution warehouse steel buildings. Call phone number  to discuss your requirements, or visit our homepage for a free price quote.

Accent Corners

Our corners can be stacked on top of each other to span the height of any building. They also install lightning-fast and best of all, absolutely no mitering necessary.

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Stucco Clad Panels

Stucco Clad is a synthetic high-density texturedarchitectural panel board that proves an EIFS material alternative to finish your projectfaster and with the aesthetic look of stucco.

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Wainscot Panels

The Wainscot Series are innovative and provides the first level of upgrading a building’s appearance through contrasting accents while saving both time and money in installation.

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Roll-Up Doors

Commercial Roll Up doors are designed to meet the demands of the self-storage industry. Roll up doors function similar to overhead doors, but are fabricated with a roll coil at the top of the door. This unique design eliminates the need for an overhead door track to maximize the usable space in individual storage units.

Roll up self-storage doors are available in a wide variety of widths and heights to accommodate the size of your storage unit. If you self-storage facility is located in a high wind area, you can request our certified wind load doors. These wind-rated roll up doors are heavier gauge and can be fabricated to your specific wind load requirements.

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Steel Walk Doors

We offer Steel Walk Doors, Man Doors and Entry Doors, available in various sizes to accommodate all types of steel buildings. Our Preassembled Steel Door System comes with all of the hardware already installed. Glass lite kits, lever locks, deadbolts, keyless entry locks, panic exit devices and closures can be added to customize your door to your specific needs.

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Overhead Doors

Overhead Door

We offer a wide array of Commercial Overhead Door options to meet your needs. Whether you are looking for a heavy duty commercial door or a simple garage door for your residence, our selection of overhead doors provides a product that can meet your needs.

Overhead doors are available in various heights and widths to accommodate any size framed opening, and can be ordered with insulated or non-insulated options. Glass lites, track options, and weather stripping are available to customize your door.

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Monolithic Foundations

Monolithic foundations are typically used in non-heated structures. They are commonly used in self storage buildings, shops and other buildings with light gauge framing. They can also be used in conjunction with piers for additional column support.

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Perimeter Foundations

Perimeter wall foundations are used in buildings that are heated in areas where the ground freezes. This helps prevent the frost from freezing the ground under the slab.

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Pier Foundations

Pier foundations are used when a concrete slab floor is not needed. They are commonly used for barns, equipment storage, horse buildings, and in other buildings when cost is a factor.

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Gambrel Frame

Also similar to a traditional barn structure, the gambrel style roof provides a spacious building that is both visually appealing and fully-functional. The gambrel style can conveniently incorporate your storage needs with a second floor or loft.

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Straight Column Frame

The straight column frame is primarily used to create an unobstructed interior space. With strength and stability maximized in the straight columns of the steel frames, the design is ideal for garages, offices, or other commercial purposes.

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Lean-to Frame

A Lean-to Frame can be added onto a building structure to provide a parking area, outdoor storage or a covered porch. Lean-to’s have a similar looking appearance to a single-slope frame but are usually smaller and used only as building additions. Lean-to’s are typically attached to an adjoining column. Lean-to’s are not stand alone buildings.

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Clerestory Frame

To maximize natural light or air circulation, a clerestory roof is superior solution. With a vertical wall splitting the two sloping roofs, a row of windows or one continuous window is easily incorporated. High above the rest of the steel building, the clerestory reaches the most sunlight while preserving privacy.

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Multi-story Mezzanine Frame

Ideal for residential structures or buildings with an upstairs office area, the Multi-Story steel building with a Mezzanine is an excellent solution to make the most out of your space. Using a combinations of I-Beams, open web bar joists and columns the floor, the building can provide endless design options.

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Monitor Frame

With a traditional barn look in mind, the Monitor framed building is used in today’s market for a variety of purposes. What was once used mainly for agricultural buildings, the monitor building is growing in popularity for houses, workshops, warehouses and other commercial buildings. The structural integrity of Sunward’s steel buildings make unobstructed interiors like the monitor possible.

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Multi-span Frame

When on a budget and not necessarily needing a clear interior, a multi-span steel building is a viable option. If the building width exceeds 75’ then including interior support columns can help to support the long spans and larger roof loads thus further saving on cost.

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Single Slope Frame

The Single Slope Framing Style is a good option for adding on to an existing building or for use as a stand-alone building with a slanted roof. The Single Slope design is extremely versatile and provides flexibility in the design of your building or addition. Water can be controlled by draining off the low side and gutters and downspouts are not needed.

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Gable Frame

The Gable Framing System is the most common building frame type. The frame is designed to accommodate all types of steel building applications. A Gable Frame can reach clear-span widths from ten feet up to two hundred feet and roof pitches up to 12:12.

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Vinyl faced insulation is available with a single 6″ tab preinstalled to each roll. The tabs are an extension of the facing itself which is attached to the fiberglass insulation blanket. These tabs are used to create a seal and add a finished edge at the seams.  Double faced tape can also be added to seal the tab to next piece of insulation. Another option is to get a factory pre-applied adhesive on the tab, which the installer can peel and stick to the next insulation blanket. This method provides a clean seal to the seams and creates a vapor barrier.

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WMP VR Facing

WMP VR Facing
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WMP VRR Facing

WMP VRR Facing
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Gymguard Facing

Gymguard Facing
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WMP 10 Facing

WMP 10 Facing
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WMP 50 Facing

WMP 50 Facing
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Black Facing

Black Facing Material
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Looking to DIY? We supply all of the necessary accessories for installing insulation in metal roofs, attaching insulation onto arch building walls, and hanging insulation rolls in your steel building. Insulation Tape, Patch Tape, Thermal break Tape, Steel Banding, Stick Pins and Washers.

Insulation Tape

Insulation Patch Tape

Steel Banding

Steel Banding

Insulation Coils

Insulation Coils

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Thermal Insulation Blocks

Sealed N Safe Thermal Blocks are the only tested and certified component of their kind. Thermal Blocks maximize thermal performance and help to drastically improve energy efficiency in steel buildings. The thermal block insulation system is proven to be structurally sound and water tight, making it the the perfect solution for creating a metal building envelope. The system is easy to install and offers fast installation time.

When installing the thermal block system; a Thermal Spacer Block is placed between the metal roof sheet and the roof purlin (or between the wall girt and the sheeting), it isolates the outer shell from the inner frame of the metal building. The 1” foam filled thermal blocks offer a non compressed R-6 performance value, and have been known to increase the insulation performance as much as 2 times in certain buildings. The investments you make with the cost of thermal blocks are known to be paid back through energy savings as little as 12 to 18 months. These calculated savings numbers are based on actual test results. After the initial pay back, you can benefit from a lifetime of savings on energy bills and little to no maintenance costs.

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Foam Insulated Panels

Metal Insulated Foam Panels are an ideal roofing and sheeting solution for steel buildings. They are designed to act as a thermal barrier to improve energy efficiency in your building. Insulated foam panels offer high R-Values, (up to R-48) and combine strength, flexibility and outstanding thermal performance. We offer several colors to choose from and optional façade finishes including stucco, embossed, smooth and high rib steel panels. Our insulated panels are painted with long lasting Kynar paint systems that provide little to no maintenance, they are made to withstand weathering and fading from the sun. Insulated Metal Panels are available in lengths up to 50’; end lap joints can be added to cover more space on longer roof runs. Individual Panel thicknesses range anywhere from 2” to 6”, and will achieve R-Values of approximately 7.5 per inch.

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Energy Saver Insulation System

This innovative energy saving insulation system has one of the highest thermal performance results in the industry. The system is made up of a network of steel banding and a seamless energy saver fabric that resists tearing while concealing the secondary structural steel. The energy saver system provides a smooth, yet durable finished interior surface. During installation, a liner system is set in place to begin creation of the building envelope, then two layers of unfaced fiberglass are placed between the purlins and over the top of the purlins, the final step is placing the outside panels. This system offers the best level of thermal performance with one of the highest vapor retarder ratings available. The fabric liner used in the energy saver insulation system is tested and approved to be OSHA compliant for fall protection.

  • Meets and often exceeds IECC 2015 energy code requirements
  • Provides a clean and finished appearance
  • Improves acoustical performance vs. no insulation
  • Creates a building envelope
  • Continuous insulation method
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Double Layer Insulation System

High R-Value Insulation Systems installed in steel buildings improve thermal performance results. The higher the r-value the better, increasing the thermal barrier is the best way to protect against moisture build-up and condensation. Double layer insulation systems are generally chosen where the climate sees regular changes, rainy seasons and snow are a large factor in deciding what r-value you should choose for your insulation system. Local building codes for your area require a specific level of energy efficiency and a higher r-value is required to adhere to the energy codes in certain regions.

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Single Layer Insulation System

When installing a single layer insulation system into a steel building, one layer of Fiberglass insulation is usually placed over the top of the roof purlins and/or on the outside of the wall girts before the exterior panels are secured. Then the vapor barrier facing is placed with the faced side towards the inside of the building, this will give the building interior a clean finished look. The thickest insulation system that can be achieved using a single layer of insulation is 6″; this results in a final r-value of R-19. Anything thicker than 6″ will cause the sheeting material to develop an oil can or wave effect. If you want to achieve a higher R-Value than R-19 a Double Layer System or energy saver system is required.

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5:12 Roof Pitch

A 5/12 roof pitch, commonly termed “5 over 12,” is distinguished by a moderate slope, ascending 5 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal span. This equates to an angle of 22.62 degrees and a pitch factor of 1.08, presenting an optimal balance between design appeal and functional efficacy, particularly for steel buildings. This pitch is advantageous for ease of installation and cost efficiency, providing a practical choice compared to steeper or shallower pitches. It enhances architectural versatility, fitting well with various building styles, from traditional to contemporary, adding a balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance to steel structures.

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4:12 Roof Pitch

A 4:12 roof pitch, commonly referred to as “4 over 12,” signifies a moderate incline where the roof rises 4 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal distance. This results in a slope angle of approximately 18.4 degrees, offering a harmonious balance between aesthetic appeal and practical functionality. This pitch is particularly well-suited for a wide range of architectural styles, providing sufficient slope for effective water runoff without being excessively steep, thus ensuring compatibility with both traditional and contemporary building designs.

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A 3:12 roof pitch, indicating a rise of 3 inches for every 12 inches of horizontal length, translates to an angle of approximately 14.04 degrees. This gentle slope offers a practical balance between aesthetic minimalism and functional roofing requirements. With a pitch factor of 1.03, it represents an efficient design for various architectural styles, particularly modern and minimalist homes, where a subtly sloped roof complements the overall design without overwhelming it.

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Standing Seam Panel

At Sunward we use a variety of standing seam roof panel options based on building use and architectural specifications and requests. Pictured is a common standing seam roof panel. Separate tools or machinery are required to install standing seam roofs.

Standing Seam Panels come standard in 24 gauge.

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Architectural Panel

Architectural Panels offer an aesthetically pleasing look by reversing the panels to conceal the hardware. They are ideal and often used in buildings when the building owner is adhering to local city zoning requirements or looking for a different look.

The panels come standard in 26 gauge. 24 gauge is available in white and galvalume.

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High Rib PBR Panel with Siphon Groove

At Sunward our High Rib PBR Panel is standard with an exclusive Siphon Groove. The Siphon Groove allows the moisture to gather and siphon under the seam, helping to prevent the insulation from getting wet. This is only available with Sunward manufactured products. Outsourced panels will not include a siphon groove.

The panels come standard in 26 gauge. 24 gauge is available in white and galvalume.

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