A steel building buyers
guide - size
Figure out what you will use
your building for.
You need to a make a list
of what you want your new building to do for you. So first question is what's this building
going to do for me and what need(s) will it satisfy.
This will help determine what size building you need
- Will I be bringing in large equipment - if
you do what door would be best - a roll up, sliding door or a walk
- How many doors do you need and where will
they be placed? Is it on the side of your building or at the ends of
your building? Where do you plan on entering the building - or do
you want more doors so that you can enter certain areas if you have
large equipment blocking an entrance.
- Do I need column free inside space?
- How tall do you need the building to be. Will
you be building things or storing things in your new building that
- Are you going to insulate the building if it
cold in your area that you live in. But of course only if you plan
on being inside it for extended periods of time. Will you finish the inside of
your new building with drywall or leave it so the metal is exposed?
- You'll want to know the snow and wind loads
for your area this will determine what gauge steel you'll need for
the building which of course affects the price of your building.
- Are you going to use a concrete foundation or
are you going to pour concrete for the
foundation yourself or your going to hire someone. Also other
permits needed for the new foundation. We recommend you contact your
local municipal to see if you will need to do so.
Answer all these questions before talking to a
salesman about a new metal building. Because sometimes a salesman may
not have your best interests at heart. They may be just looking for
quick sale to earn their commission. But if you have these questions
answered you can determine how much it's going to cost and then be able
to better compare bids for your new
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