The steel building supplier is not responsible for the erection of your steel building system. It is your responsibility to find a qualified and competent building erector who will ensure that your building is built correctly. Most of the post-construction problems associated with steel buildings are caused by improper erection.
A qualified erector has encountered much of the challenges that occur during the construction process, being in the business for many years. With this kind of experience, the builder is sure to complete the project within the specified time frame.
A competent erector should be familiar with various types of steel building systems. More importantly, he should have the necessary experience in constructing the specific type of metal structure at hand.
Doing some research on a prospective erector is a good start. Sometimes, your supplier may make a referral. Still, you have to do your homework and make sure that the builder is qualified and competent to erect your particular steel building.
Ask for References/Past Projects
Check the builder’s claim of building many steel buildings. Demand for a list of past projects and verify if these structures were built satisfactorily. Ask for references and talk to previous clients. Ask them to describe their experience while working with the builder.
When checking on your building codes, it is also a good idea to ask about licensing requirements for erectors of steel buildings. Your state might be one of those who require that an erector should secure a license first, before he can practice in your area.
Check for certifications and training
Ask your erector for certifications from building suppliers. Determine what particular training, members of the whole construction team, have undergone.
Watch out for low bids
Be suspicious, when you encounter a bid that is much lower than the others. Most probably, this bid comes from an inexperienced builder, who will give you headaches during and after the erection process. In the end, you could be spending more to correct the problems brought about by the initial construction of your steel building.