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My VersaTube building survived an inferno and saved lives

564 Days Ago

My VersaTube building that I built, I used 24 gauge PBR siding. Even with the intense heat as it burned for approximately 35 minutes, the metal only buckled on the roof. I purchased heavy duty fasteners to hold the metal to the frame. I bolted the building down on to 10-inch channel steel 1/4 inch thick, I used the channel steel around the entire perimeter around the shop and welded the corners together. The roof panels buckled so badly it pulled the screws out of the tubing but the Versatube frame did not buckle or warp and seems to actually have kept its structural integrity. I have had Winnipeg MANITOBA Fire Captains come out to see how the building didn't collapse from the "inferno" was their words, and they said that they wish building codes would make it mandatory to use a structure like mine as it would be so much safer from stopping the fire from spreading to other buildings and homes as if it was wood it would have taken at least 4 homes down because the wood buildings would have just have been ashes by the time the Fire Department would have arrived. We have harsh winters with at the time the snow building up on the roof as high as 5 feet one year. The municipality even had volunteers come out to help clear the snow from home roofs. Instead of clearing my roof I blew the snow from my driveway onto the roof of the shop. Absolutely no damaged what so ever happened as it sat up on the roof for 13 days. My neighbors thought I was out of my mind but I had confidence in my Versatube building. I also had Airbourne spray foam insulation come out and they sprayed 4 inches of closed cell spray foam to the roof and walls making it even more structurally sound and I could heat the building with the heat of my air compressor running when I worked inside the shop. The coldest of days with wind chills of -60 I could work in the shop in a t-shirt comfortably. I had a small construction heater that would kick in for 5 mins an hour on the cold days. That shop was indestructible, unfortunately, it couldn't take the extreme inferno that happened April 8th, 2019. I lost everything that I owned to my name. I'm so thankful that I chose Versatube for my building because I could not have lived with myself if I would have built an average wood garage as then it would have taken human lives. It is hard enough knowing that I couldn't save my beloved pet cat who loved that shop and refused to leave the building for weeks at a time, he felt safe in that building as much as I did. The building has not been taken down as of yet, but if you or anyone else is curious to see the strength that still remains in this building they are welcome to come by at any time. I have seen on the internet people saying that there building collapsed under snow load, I can tell anyone that they did not install their building correctly and did not use the proper screws or enough of them. I have put up 8 Versatube buildings to date, 3 are my own and even with extreme Canadian winters there has never been so much as a loose screw. They are the best!

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