Metal Building Glossary - "G"

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Building Terms:

Gable
The triangular portion of the building endwall from the level of the eave to the ridge of the roof.

Gable Overhang
See "Purlin Extension".

Gable Roof
A roof consisting of two sloping roof planes, that form a ridge and form a gable at each end.

Galvanized Steel
Steel coated with zinc for corrosion resistance.

Gantry Crane
A crane similar to an overhead crane except that the bridge for carrying the trolley or trolleys is rigidly supported on one or more legs running on fixed rails or other runway.

Girder
A main horizontal or near horizontal structural member that supports vertical loads sometimes consisting of several pieces.

Girt
A horizontal structural member that is attached to building sidewall or endwall columns and supports paneling.

Glaze
The process of installing glass in a building's windows and doors.

Glazing
Glass panes or paneling used in windows and doors.

Grade
The ground elevation around a building.

Grade Beam
A concrete beam around the perimeter of a building.

Ground Snow Load
The probable weight of snow on the ground for a specified recurrence interval exclusive of drifts or sliding snow.

Grout
A mixture of cement, sand and water used to fill cracks and cavities. Sometimes used under base plates or leveling plates to obtain uniform bearing surfaces.

Gusset Plate
A steel plate used to reinforce or connect structural elements.

Gutter
A light gauge metal member at an eave, valley or parapet designed to carry water from the roof to downspouts or drains.


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