Tips for Buying Steel Building Parts
August 08, 2013 - Posted by Michael C. Deaven to Guest posts
The benefit of a steel building is that they generally offer great stability and support. They are perfect for storage buildings, living and business spaces. If you have decided to purchase a steel building and have a contractor work on it for you, you will first need to know some things.
While you are purchasing the finished building, it is pre-engineered based on the parts or designs that you choose. Here are tips for buying the steel building parts and choosing a reliable contractor.
Know the Building Code Requirements
Before you do any type of building, you need to know what your local building codes are. The building code in your city is likely going to be different from others, so make sure you visit your building department and find out for sure. Let them know you want to get a steel building built and what it will be used for and they will give you instructions.
You will also need to know the exact location on the lot where it will be placed, as this makes a difference. If you assume all building codes with steel buildings are the same, you're going to be in for a big surprise.
Find a Reputable Contractor
Finding a contractor should be high on your list, but don't just settle for any contractor. Do a little research and find a reputable, experienced contractor. Not just one who is experienced in constructing buildings, but one who has experience with metal and steel buildings in particular. This type of building takes certain skills and specific materials, so the contractor should have experience with the type you want.
Ask for their experience and any references if they have them. Get the contractor's price table in the beginning before going any further, as this may sway your decision.
Get the Right Dimensions
In order to get the approximate price and be sure the building codes apply to your project, you need to figure out exact dimensions. Find out the height, width and length of your building. A good place to start is figuring out what it is to be used for and how much space you need. Add a few inches extra to be sure it has ample space.
Also consider additional space for things like lighting fixtures and built-in accessories. Little things like benches and even refrigerator handles are going to take up space.
Factor in the Roof and Siding
Finally, you want to include the roof and siding. Choose from different types of roofs, such as screw-down roofs or standing seam roofs. You may want to consult the builder or contractor you have chosen and ask which roof is best for your specific project.
Metal buildings have different siding possibilities, such as stucco, brick and stone. Decide which is best for you.
Steel buildings are often chosen for their strength and durability. However, make sure you have done your research before you commit your wallet.
About the author: Michael C. Deaven
Michael is a full-time blogger who has passions in all corners of the online world. In his down time he enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and blogging on everything from technology, to business, to marketing, and beyond.