Steel buildings are known to be sturdy, durable, safe, low maintenance, and cost-effective. If you are planning to purchase a pre-engineered steel building, you have to be familiar with the process involved so that there won’t be unpleasant surprises along the way.
The first thing to consider is the budget. You have to understand that the price of the metal structure is more or less half of the overall cost of the project. When you order your pre-engineered steel building, the manufacturer’s deliverable include the design, the erection drawings and the materials for the basic metal structure. You have to include in your budget, the cost of building the foundation – labor, tools, and materials included.
In addition, the construction of your steel building will require labor, tools, and equipment. This is true, specially, for large steel buildings. However, some small metal structures used as garages, storages, and workshops can be erected with a little help from your friends and family members.
After considering the costs of the foundation and the construction, you also have to add the cost of how the building and the site are finished out. These include the costs of added features like doors, windows, flooring, plumbing, electrical, insulation, landscaping, etc.
A very important thing to do before buying your steel building is acquiring the necessary building permits. Postponing this activity can increase the overall cost of your steel building project. This early, you need to contact the local authority and find out if it is necessary for you to have a permit to build. If a building permit is required, you need to know the applicable building codes and design loads and the necessary papers to submit, like stamped drawings.
This information determines how steel buildings will be engineered and priced. Changes made after the building has been designed and custom-made, will be costly and you might even end up with a steel building that you cannot use at all.
Make sure you purchase your steel building from a reputable and experienced steel building manufacturer. But before you undergo the whole process of planning your steel building project, you must first ask yourself this question, “What is the final use of my steel building?” The answer to this question should be your main focus as you go through the process of planning your steel building project.