There are many steel building companies that operate under the premise of Buyer Beware; the axiom that you alone are responsible for assessing the quality of your steel building before buying. The fact is, most people don’t know the questions to ask. Besides, price is all that matters, right? The price may look good up front, but consider, for example, the heating and AC bill you will incur because the building you bought doesn’t have Eave Closures. Who’s going to tell you what you are missing? With little or no knowledge of the steel building industry, it’s very easy to be taken advantage of. At Standard Steel Buildings, we take pride in the fact that our customers know exactly what they are buying “UP FRONT”.
Take the time to visit the Better Business Bureau website and check out every company that you talk to. We have the highest rating you can possibly get (A+) with the BBB. Beware of companies trying to sell you “clearance” buildings. Steel buildings are designed for your “specific” city, county and state with your “specific” snow load, wind load, seismic and exposure ratings. The likelihood of a company having a “clearance” building designed for your specific specifications is slim to none.
People think that all steel buildings are created equal, which couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’ve taken the time to shop around, you may have found that other companies have turned buying a building into almost like ordering a pizza. (Yeah, I’ll take the large 3 topping building with insulation, man doors and a rollup to go please). The people you talk to come across as car salesmen and try to get you to make quick decisions not taking the time to educate you on what you are getting into. Unfortunately, in a lot of cases customers get taken advantage of and end up unhappy with their purchase. We operate under the premise that customers like to BUY rather than be SOLD. In order to truly BUY, you need to be educated on what you want. Most buyers simply don’t know the questions to ask to be able to compare quotes apples to apples. We will spend the time to educate you on all the possible options. When you compare us to other companies you will find that we beat 9 out of 10 companies on price, and you couldn’t pay double and get a higher quality building.
Familiarize yourself with the term “Collateral Load”. People understand “Snow Load” which is the weight on the top of the roof pushing down. “Collateral Load” is the weight on the inside of the building pulling down. Examples of this are a sprinkler system, HVAC (heating and air conditioning), lighting, drop ceiling, speaker systems, etc. Collateral Load can be a potential “gotcha” if you aren’t careful. Most companies do not include a Collateral Load as a standard feature. As a matter of fact, many companies never mention the term Collateral Load in the initial buying process. This leads to 2 possible outcomes. 1. After making the initial deposit, you are informed that you may need to add a Collateral Load for your particular building use at a significant up charge to you. 2. The building is delivered and you realize the building cannot be used for its intended purpose because it was not designed to support the weight that is required. We include a 3 pound per square foot Collateral Load as a standard feature in all of our Churches, Schools, and Government buildings. Other building uses may or may not require a Collateral Load. So it is important to speak with your sales rep or project coordinator about this.
You will find that most companies carry R Panel sheeting. The problem with R Panel as you can see in the diagram below, is that when you run a screw into the two sheets where they overlap, the screw will hit an unsupported lip and push it down rather than puncturing it and drawing it up tight. With R Panel you are much more likely to have leaks. Our buildings come standard with PBR Paneling for roof and walls. This allows for a much tighter seal virtually eliminating leaks.
Gauge refers to the thickness of the metal; the lower the number, the thicker the metal. We use either a 24 or 26 gauge steel for our sheeting, depending on location or roofing selection. Many companies use a 26 gauge steel sheeting, which is the industry standard, and they may tell you they carry the heaviest gauge sheeting. However, gauge of the material is not what’s important. The tensile strength of the material is what you want to pay close attention to. Tensile strength is the hardness and density of the metal. Our sheeting has a tensile strength of 80-90 thousand pounds per square inch. You will find that many companies use a 40-50 thousand pound tensile strength in order to lower the cost of manufacturing the building. The lower the tensile strength of the sheeting, the softer and more susceptible to damage it becomes.
Using a Pre-Engineered steel building provides a fast, economical and efficient way to construct your building. Our buildings are pre-cut, pre-punched, pre-drilled, and pre-welded virtually eliminating human error. Our steel comes with a red or gray oxide coating which acts as a rust inhibitor. We offer a lifetime warranty on our structures and a 25 year warranty on our paint.
Should an architect be hired for your project? First, let’s point out two types of construction. There is conventional construction (also known as stick built) and then there are steel buildings. Architects do a great job, but when going with steel construction, they don’t need to come into the process if at all, until after you have obtained your structural prints from us. Over the years we have run across numerous customers that have had an architect draw up beautiful plans for their project only to have their budget thrown for a loop once they get a quote to build. This is typically because the plans were drawn up for conventional construction or the architect was unfamiliar with steel construction. In most cases customers were forced to pay additional money to have the plans redrawn. Let Standard Steel Buildings help you design a building that best fits your needs and budget. We will provide you with 6 sets of structural blueprints engineered specifically for your city, county and state building codes. Your architect can then design the interior based around our structural plans eliminating the need to have the plans redrawn.
Components are items such as doors, windows, insulation, gutters and downspouts, vents, skylights, etc. Rather than educating you on the many options to choose from, other companies may only talk to you about the “size” of the components. For example, would you like a price on a 3070 man door or a 4×4 window? Do you really know what you’re getting? Take the door for example. Is the door insulated or non-insulated? What color is it, white or bronze? Does it have an automatic closure, a kick plate, a latch guard, panic hardware, or a framed opening? Are the doors keyed alike? Which way does the door open? Is it pre-assembled or a knockdown door? Most companies carry knockdown components. Knockdown components come in a box with a bunch of parts that have to be assembled on site. We only carry top quality pre-assembled components. Pre-assembled components are delivered equipped with the options you have selected, and can be installed in minutes. When using pre-assembled components, you eliminate human error and possible damage to the component that can be caused on the jobsite, saving you time and money. Our Project Coordinators take the time to educate you on all the available options and allow you to “choose” what best fits your needs.
A Project Coordinator is a service we provide free of charge to all of our customers. Your project coordinator will be the person that will work with you and be your main point of contact from start to finish. They’ll work with you on components such as doors, windows, and insulation. They will also mail you insulation samples and a color chart so you can select colors for your walls, trim, and roof. They’ll send you out a 3 dimensional exploded version of the building which will show you exactly how far apart your columns will be. This will allow you to mark where you would like your openings for your doors, windows etc. They’ll help to make sure that everything you want will line up properly and not conflict with a main frame or support. For example, they may advise you to move a door or window over one or two feet to insure it fits properly. Once you have made all your selections, they will turn everything in to engineering. Your selections will be incorporated into the engineering for your building. After you receive your blueprints the project coordinator will wait to hear when you are ready to release the building into production. At that point, they will work with you to schedule a delivery date for your building and components. Most companies won’t take the time to educate their customers on all the possible options and pitfalls of a building project. Many people find themselves overwhelmed and unsure of where to turn. You will find that your project coordinator is invaluable throughout the entire process. It’s comforting to know that you will have an expert to advise you on the least expensive ways to finish your project. Our Project Coordinators will make sure you end up with a quality product you can be proud of.
There are two ways to order a building. You can order a building for production, or you can order a building for permit. After receiving your deposit, many companies place the building straight into production. That can be a costly mistake. If you have a building in production before obtaining your permits from the city, they could come back and tell you that you have an easement or setback on the property, or the building is too high, too wide, too long, or the pitch is too high. At Standard Steel Buildings, we wait to hear that you have obtained a building permit before we order the building into production. By ordering the building in this manner, it allows us to make changes or modifications if needed protecting you from a potentially devastating loss.