Frequently asked questions
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
What we do
WHY CHOOSE A FRISOMAT STEEL BUILDING?
Our system is based on durable, high-quality cold-formed steel. The result: lighter steel buildings that require less foundation work and have a smaller environmental footprint.
We have our own engineering team and a production site with a large stock of steel rolls, so we can produce the prefabrications for your steel building in no time. Our structures are light, so delivery and assembly are incredibly quick.
At Frisomat we have control over the entire process, from start to finish. We will make any adjustments immediately and you can always count on us for the necessary support.
Decades of experience
We have 45 years’ experience and have completed over 37,000 projects in more than 100 countries.
Low total cost
The maintenance costs of Frisomat buildings are very low, thanks to our high-quality galvanised materials. In addition, our light and robust structures require a lower investment than traditional construction methods at the start of your project. In short, our cost-efficient and sustainable construction system saves you money from the design stage, all the way to completion.
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WHAT TYPE OF BUILDINGS and structures DOES FRISOMAT OFFER?
Frisomat specialises in cold-formed steel buildings for the following sectors:
– Temporary building
– Showroom & workshop
– Bulk storage hall
– Recycling industry building
– Production hall
– Chemical industry building
Warehouses & Storage buildings
– Storage building
– Bulk storage hall
– Bulk storage hall
– Pig farm
– Livestock farm
– Chicken farm
– Vegetable storage hall
– Potato storage hall
– Storage building
Sports & Leisure buildings
– Storage building
– Sports hall
– Horse arena
– Airplane hangar
Structures for solar panels
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WHERE ARE FRISOMAT BUILDINGS PRODUCED?
All Frisomat buildings are produced in one of our two production facilities, in Wijnegem (Belgium) and Brazil. Both are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. They can operate 24/7 to ensure fast, timely and error-free production. At Frisomat we have control over the entire process, from start to finish. By reducing our dependence on external suppliers, we can guarantee fast and efficient production.
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CAN FRISOMAT BUILD IN MY COUNTRY?
We have 45 years’ experience and have completed over 37,000 projects in more than 100 countries. Thanks to our 30,000m2 production site in Belgium and our second production site in Brazil, we can certainly take on your project.
We have complete control over the process, from design and production to transport and assembly anywhere in the world.
A dedicated international team
The process of getting your steel structure to your construction site on time and arranging all the necessary equipment and constructors is managed by our dedicated international team. Our team of experienced professionals deals with your project from an early stage and ensures that every challenge is resolved.
International transport is our speciality
Frisomat uses high-quality, cold-formed steel to construct your building. This construction technique is not only very strong and cost-efficient, but also by far the easiest technique for transport. Our steel columns, beams and panels can be moved in open top containers by ordinary freight transport, without any specialist handling. This is faster, cheaper and easier than transporting most traditional building materials.
We are aware of all the local regulations
Building regulations are usually very strict. Height, strength etc. – everything is regulated, right down to the smallest detail. This is no problem for us. We look into local laws and regulations to ensure that we adhere to them when we design your project. We also know how to deal with the complexity of international shipping, getting customs clearance and working with local construction teams.
Coping with local weather conditions
Another challenge when building in your country may be the climate. Warm, dry, wet, cold, windy, stormy, snowy: all of these weather conditions can have a big impact on your building. We strengthen our buildings in accordance with the expected climate, to ensure that they stand the test of time.
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WELCOME TO OUR SHOWROOM!
Want to take a look first? Come and visit our showroom!
You will find a wealth of information about our buildings on our website. But to really see what our buildings look like, you have to come and discover them yourself. You are always welcome in our showroom in Antwerp (Belgium). There you can see all building types, columns, types of foundations, anchors and purlins. Visit our 30,000m² production facility and find out everything you need to know about our production process. A Frisomat specialist will show you around and answer all your questions.
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Our building process
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ASK TO BE CONTACTED VIA THE WEBSITE?
To get an idea of how much your project will cost, you can always contact us via our website. We will then call you to discuss your project together. If we are able to take on your project, we will send you a customised basic quote. If this quote is within your budget, we will make an appointment to look at your project in more detail. A Frisomat representative may come to view the construction site and discuss a more detailed quote with you.
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WHO MAKES THE BUILDING PLANS?
Are you planning to build? Then reach out to Frisomat! As soon as an agreement is signed, we can provide you with a ready-made construction plan. We provide you with a floor plan, cross-sections and details specific to your project. All our plans are calculated specifically for your building and drawn up according to the applicable standards and structural analysis.
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CAN I CHOOSE ANY ARCHITECT I WANT?
Yes, you are completely free to choose whoever you want as your architect. Frisomat does not have its own team of architects, but we do have a network of reliable architects with whom we work regularly. Our engineers and specialists are always able to provide the broadest possible support through detailed calculations, plans, etc. As a result, construction of our steel buildings is a hassle-free process.
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WHAT ROLE DOES THE ARCHITECT HAVE?
An architect supports the constructor as a creative specialist. They draw up the proposals, discuss the desired size and the view, etc. Sometimes, the building is part of a larger construction project. All of these vital decisions are part of an architect’s work.
Frisomat prefers to act as a partner. Once you have made a decision about the type, size and view from the building, you can leave everything else to us: from calculation to delivery.
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IS PLANNING PERMISSION NECESSARY, AND IF SO, DOES FRISOMAT SUBMIT THE APPLICATION?
You always need planning permission to construct a Frisomat building. Frisomat cannot apply for this permission for you. You must apply for it at the municipality in which you wish to build. Enquire about the building regulations so that you know exactly what the prerequisites are for being allowed to build. We will be happy to help you obtain a permit. We can provide you with all the building plans, cross-sections and drawings that your architect needs to submit the planning permission application to the municipality.
After approximately three months, if you have received the permit for your project, please contact us. We will then immediately start the production of your building.
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MORE ABOUT OUR BUILDINGS
WHAT GUARANTEE DOES FRISOMAT OFFER ON ITS STEEL STRUCTURES?
With Frisomat, you benefit from a standard ten-year contractor guarantee. However, experience shows that our steel structures last far longer than a decade.
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WHAT IS THE COST OF A FRISOMAT BUILDING?
We have been building different types of steel buildings for over 45 years. A lot has changed during this period, but the basis of Frisomat steel construction has not: lightweight steel, prefabricated, shipped worldwide and assembled on site.
Our ingenious profile designs made of cold-formed steel are extremely durable and resistant to all weather conditions. The total cost of your building depends on its size, and on the amount of finishing.
Cost-efficient steel production, transport and assembly
Over the years, we have honed our production, transport and assembly processes to make them run as smoothly as possible. By avoiding wasted time and delays, we save a lot of money along the way. We can safely say that no link in our supply chain leads to unnecessary costs. On the contrary:
– Pre-design lowers manufacturing costs.
– Prefabrication shortens the production time.
– Lightweight steel reduces transport and construction costs.
– Assembly by local teams saves construction costs.
– Project management avoids the additional costs that arise from wasting time.
– Our steel buildings can be dismantled, moved or expanded and can always grow in step with your entrepreneurial dream.
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HOW QUICKLY CAN FRISOMAT DEVELOP MY INDUSTRIAL STEEL BUILDING?
Very quickly! Our entire process is focused on combining quality with speed at the lowest possible cost, regardless of where your building is being assembled.
Everything for your steel structure is produced by us
Frisomat’s factories manufacture every steel beam, cladding and column, and all bolts and attachments. As a result, from the moment the steel arrives at our factory, we don’t need to work with any suppliers or other partners. This makes planning easier.
Moreover, we have perfected these processes over the past 45 years. Today, we can confidently say that no time is ever wasted in the production and assembly flow of our prefabricated steel structures.
Transport by sea and land
The main advantage of cold-formed steel is its weight. Because the steel is so light, it can easily be transported by barges, trains or trucks. With our stackable design, we can transport a building of up to 1000m2 in a single 40ft container! Thanks to our global network, we can also deliver your building anywhere in the world.
Assembly by local teams
Years ago, Frisomat developed and patented a unique system with pre-punched holes and (conical) bolts to construct your building. This assembly process can easily be learned by your local construction team, especially thanks to the clear and thorough documentation from our engineers. Most steel buildings require only a small construction crew and some light lifting equipment. This also saves time.
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CAN I HAVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM THE STANDARD MODELS?
The standard Frisomat models are of course the most efficient and quickest solution for the construction of an industrial building. Most of the calculations have already been done. Our standard buildings are also designed with an endless range of applications in mind.
But you do of course have creative licence. Our unique Frisomat construction system is very flexible: new constructions can always be created with the available components. Our engineers and specialists will be happy to help you with more complex calculations where necessary.
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WHAT DIMENSIONS ARE POSSIBLE?
We start from pre-designed building types, but these can be extended and combined. So you are free to create a building that meets your needs. All based on your company’s requirements.
We offer different sizes: the smallest building is 8m wide, 10m long and 3m high, but we can also supply buildings with a free span of up to 60 metres. In addition, our engineers are constantly developing new possibilities. Do not hesitate to test the limits of our buildings! Contact us and we will be happy to help you with personal advice.
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DOES FRISOMAT CALCULATE THE REACTION FORCES OF THE STEEL BUILDINGS?
Yes, Frisomat calculates all the reaction forces of the building in detail, and provides these to the architect and the engineering office. This means that you always have the right figures for your construction project.
Frisomat can provide all the relevant calculations at any moment:
– Calculations of the load-bearing capacity of the steel in the trusses, wind bracing, facade cladding, purlins and side rails (according to Eurocodes EN1993-1-3 and EN1993-1-5).
– Check calculations for the connectors
– Calculation of the reaction forces for the foundation design
– Design notes on the anchorage to the underlying foundation
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DO I NEED TO PREPARE MY CONSTRUCTION SITE?
Is Frisomat constructing your industrial building? If so, first prepare your site so that we can assemble your steel building on a firm, flat surface. In addition, ensure the site is accessible for our construction crew and their light trucks.
Your substrate: flat
The ground on which we construct your building must be flat and topped with rock debris. The maximum height difference for the entire building surface, plus one metre around it, is ten centimetres.
Your surface: sturdy and mud-free
The surface on which we install your building must be dry, mud-free and have the required load capacity according to the cone penetration test. You do not need to lay any paving such as concrete or asphalt. Is there a concrete floor? No problem; we can also construct your building on that.
Your site: easily accessible
The construction crew needs an easily accessible site. The entire site, and the surrounding three metres, must be clear. The whole site area must be accessible to a 4×2 truck, regardless of the weather conditions.
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WHAT KIND OF FOUNDATIONS DOES FRISOMAT WORK WITH?
Depending on the type of building and the surface, we work with 3 types of foundations:
Prefabricated concrete pedestals:
if the terrain is levelled, topped with rock debris and can be excavated, we can make small wells with our excavator into which the pedestals are placed. In consultation with Frisomat, you provide the poured concrete to refill the wells and sufficiently anchor the pedestals.
Wedge bolts or epoxy anchors: if a concrete floor or plinth beam is already in place before the installation of the building, we work with wedge bolts or epoxy anchors that are anchored in the concrete. Ideally, you would pour the concrete according to our dimensions, so that the waterproofness can be guaranteed.
Anchors: if a clamped foundation is required (e.g. with a wide span), we provide galvanised anchors with base plates that must be positioned in the concrete according to our foundation plan.
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DOES FRISOMAT ALSO OFFER CONSTRUCTION KITS?
Yes and no. The building can be assembled by a trained Frisomat team. But it can also be done by a local team, with only a small construction crew and light lifting equipment. All our buildings are supplied with comprehensive building instructions.
Clear building instructions
Constructing a Frisomat steel building is a matter of following the instructions, aligning the pre-punched holes and fitting the bolts. The structure will gradually carry its own weight, allowing you to work quickly and set up your building in less than a few weeks.
Support from our engineers
Of course, our teams of specialists are ready to help you with any problem you may encounter along the way. Even when a local team assembles your building, Frisomat will guide the project to a successful outcome.
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Are you a company, association or individual looking for a self-build warehouse for diverse uses such as storage, agriculture, a workshop, or a hobby space? Contact our subsidiary Frisokit.
Frisokit is an expert in online sales of cold-formed steel construction kits. They design, manufacture and supply various standardised kits that are easy for you to assemble and extend.
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO LEAVE THE WALLS OF A BUILDING OPEN?
After adjustment (weighting) of the steel structure, it is perfectly possible to install it and leave the surrounding walls open. You can close the building at any time later on if you wish.
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DO I ALSO NEED TO WORK WITH FRISOMAT FOR THE FINISHING OF THE BUILDING?
You decide for yourself how far our cooperation goes. Alongside the steel columns, purlins, and wall and roof panels, would you also like to order accessories from us? You can! We have a very extensive range of windows, doors, gates, overhead (bridge) cranes, mezzanines and much more. But you can also choose a supplier yourself.
Are you thinking of a finish that you cannot find on our website? Please feel free to ask us about it. It is very likely that we have already encountered a similar request in one or more of the thousands of projects we have done.
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO EXTEND A FRISOMAT BUILDING?
Has your business outgrown your Frisomat building? No problem. With a few small adjustments, we can enlarge your building as desired. You can extend your building with no problem at all. All connection points are already provided for this purpose.
The easiest way to extend your building is to build a second one next to it. This can be the same, but it does not have to be. In addition, you can leave the partitions completely or partially open.
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IS A FRISOMAT BUILDING EASY TO MAINTAIN?
Your Frisomat building maintains itself. The galvanisation of the steel provides protection against corrosion and scratches and, in addition, this coating repels dirt.
With some simple maintenance, you can keep your building in top condition:
– Empty and clean the gutters regularly
– Regularly lubricate the hinges of large and small doors
– Remove snow from the roof after heavy snowfall
– In strong winds, close windows, large and small doors, as well as smoke ducts
Clean with water. That’s it.
Thanks to our custom-made gutters and drainpipes, rainfall and other dirt are diverted away from your building. Of course, the walls can always get dirty from sand and dust. In that case, you can simply clean them with water.
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CAN I MOVE OR STORE MY FRISOMAT BUILDING?
Thanks to our unique Frisomat steel construction concept, you can disassemble, move and reassemble or store our buildings for later reassembly.
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