Before entering into any metal building project there are two key considerations that are crucial to the overall success of your venture. The first is the size of the building and the second is the overall cost. Dimension and price considerations need to be examined before starting any purchasing process.
You need to know what the size of metal building you will need along with what you will be using the building for. The best way to start out is to ask yourself what do I want my new building to do? List all of the needs you want your building to satisfy. Is it going to be a small suburban hobby shop with a garage attachment or a manufacturing plant with many workers? A step by step analysis can help you to determine the size of building you will require.
If large equipment is a part of your building's interior then you need to plan for the size and number of doors that will be required, whether they are roll-up, sectional, sliding or walk doors. The placement of these doors needs to be decided on as accords either sidewall or end wall installation or both. More doors allow for more access if other accesses are temporarily blocked.
Decide if you need clear-span construction. This allows for 100% in column-free interior space. It is more expensive that multi-span systems, however, for budgeting purposes.
The height of the building is important. Remember to allow at least two feet more in eave height for the minimal clearance required for the tallest of items that need to enter or leave your building.
Insulation is another key consideration. Fully or partially insulated buildings add to the cost of your building. In very cold or very hot climates consider a full insulation package for regulation of the proper interior temperature.
Consider a commercial grade 26 gauge building in lieu of a 29 gauge structure. 26 gauge is stronger, more durable and prolongs the serviceable life of your building.
Concrete foundations are strongly recommended for steel structures. Find out what the cost of permitting and pouring the foundation will be.
The remainder of this article deals with those potential purchasers who shop for the cheapest metal building available. Fully compare metal building companies and compare products. Those companies offering cheap metal buildings are usually offering flimsy and unreliable products. The old axiom holds true - you get what you pay for.
Find out what the assembly instructions are for the building before you purchase. Things may seem easy before you start reading the instructions and then complicate themselves from there. You can then decide whether it is a do-it-yourself project or if you need a professional erector. Comparing different companies and their erection manuals can also give you insight into the quality of the materials used.
Before purchasing any metal building determine your specific requirements first and then shop the market. You will quickly find out that there are some disparities in pricing largely based on the quality of the product. Choose the highest quality building that you can afford for the size that you need.