You've finally decided that you need a new building. Maybe you need a new office building as your business expands. Or maybe you really have to have that indoor riding arena for your horses. Or your company needs to expand with a new manufacturing facility. Maybe you just want a nice outbuilding or barn for storage and other projects. You've heard that steel buildings are a great option.
You've heard that steel building construction can save you time and money, that metal buildings go up fast, and since they are made of high quality pre-engineered structural steel framing components, there are no surprises. They come in on budget and are expertly engineered to meet the local building codes so the building permitting process is easy. And you can make all the design decisions yourself. But where to start? It's not as complicated as you think.
Here are some steel building buying tips that will help novice metal buildings buyer feel confident as a pro.
Do call your local building department and explain that you would like to build a pre-engineered steel building on your lot and give them the location. Ask whether the local building codes allow for pre-engineered steel buildings. If they do, ask what the applicable metal building codes are.
Remember to ask about "setbacks" and other code requirements that may prohibit the use of prefab metal buildings or any building for that matter on a given lot. Don't make the mistake of thinking that building codes are standard. Many times the builder or steel buildings supplier will give code information based on the standards in the metal building industry.
However, there are no standard steel building codes that will satisfy building code requirements across the board. A reputable steel building supplier will make sure that the building price they quote incorporates all applicable building codes. Do check the steel buildings supplier with the Better Business Bureau.
Don't be afraid to talk in-depth with your steel building supplier. Describe in detail what you want the building for, whether it is for a horse barn, a church, a warehouse, or a manufacturing plant. Make sure the supplier understands exactly what the final use of the building will be. The building use will influence many design decisions and ultimately the final price.