5 Signs a Metal Building is Perfect for Your Needs
Metal buildings are the best solutions on the market for contractors, first time builders and do-it-yourselfers on the market. These durable, virtually maintenance-free solutions come with some amazing benefits. Why is a metal building perfect for your particular needs?
1. You’re sick and tired of repairing your old wooden barn
It probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but I’m sure you know that ‘you get what you pay for’ when it comes to the construction industry. Wood buildings may have a cheaper initial price, but they just don’t last as long as a metal building. Pre-engineered metal buildings are engineered to last decades and are extremely flexible. What’s the point of the prospect of saving money upfront, when you’ll just have to spend it on repairs or replacement panels down the road? You might even spend more money over a cheaper product’s lifetime when you could have the made the decision to go with quality in the first place. Save your money! If you’re willing to go the ‘cheap’ route, be prepared to deal with the long term consequences of that decision.
Steel is a durable building material and doesn’t encourage the spread of fire. The same can’t be said for wood, which catches fire at only 572 degrees Fahrenheit or roughly about one-fifth the threshold of steel. What’s more is a pre-engineered steel building acts as a conductor in a lightning storm because it’s grounded with a foundation. A lighting strike can be up to five times hotter than than the sun. If you couple the high heat resistance of steel with the grounded foundation, you’re only likely to see minimal damage, if any.
How many times have you found mold or wood rot in your barn? Mold needs moisture, organic material, suitable temperatures and oxygen to grow. Wood is an organic material and can provide mold with the proper nutrition to prosper. This hurts the integrity of your wood structure and rot could cause your building to collapse if the problem grows out of control. Not to mention breathing in mold spores isn’t exactly healthy for you! Mold can’t feed on steel because steel is an inorganic material and therefore you’re eliminating one factor in the mold equation. Moisture can cause steel to rust if its not properly taken care of, but with galvanized steel, along with minimal maintenance and with sufficient ventilation you’ll be in the clear.
2. You need space
You can get more space just by building a new structure, but you want and need open, uninterrupted space. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pastor with a growing congregation or a small business owner in need of storage space, you’ll need to be able to use every inch of the whole square footage in your building. Most people don’t realize that different building constructions severely limit the amount of usable space. A clear span design is an a option with pre-engineered metal buildings. Clear span buildings don’t incorporate intrusive poles, columns or even intricate truss systems into your building like a wood building does. A clear span building supports the roof by using the rigid frames and walls to transfer the weight of the load into the foundation. As you may have noticed, it can be difficult moving and storing things around internal columns. You can literally use every inch of a clear span building. The entire square footage and roof space is available to use in its entirety.
3. You don’t want to wait on an extremely lengthy construction project
Pre-engineered buildings are pre-punched, pre-welded, and bolt together on site. All of this careful design beforehand allows you to generally erect a pre-engineered steel building in half the time it would take you to finish erect a building with traditional construction materials. Wood buildings usually arrive at the job site as raw lumber, and require on-site labor to cut the boards to the correct measurement. This on-site labor translates to a longer construction time and increases the potential for costly delays.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first time builder or an experienced builder, anyone can erect a pre-engineered metal building. A typical 40×60 workshop only takes a few days or weeks to erect. Many owners of pre-engineered steel buildings erect their own buildings because it’s easy, and it also cuts the expense of a professional builder. Still, if you need someone to erect the building for you, you can always find an experienced erector in your area.
4. You’re on a budget
You want to save money on any construction project. Once you receive your drawings, you’ll be able to mark them up and fully customize your own building. You won’t always need an architect to design your steel building project. Sometimes, all you’ll require is the humble talents of a civil engineer at a steel building supplier. The more lines an architect draws on paper, the more expensive your project can becomes. Skip the expense of an architect by obtaining metal building drawings from your steel building supplier. That’s a big expense you just eliminated! Preliminary building drawings are usually included in the price of your engineering and drawing payment when you lock in your steel price.
What does it mean to lock in your price? Locking in your price at the right time is extremely important. With a small engineering payment, you essentially get to conquer supply and demand. This engineering payment accomplishes a few tasks. First, it guarantees that the price of the steel used in your building will hold firm for a period of 90 days, even if prices rise. The price of steel that day is the price you’ll pay, no matter how big or small your building is. It cushions you from the volatile steel market, and you won’t have to worry about price increases. Remember, since the cost of the finished steel is constantly rising, every day you don’t lock in your steel price, you risk an increase in the price per pound. It also gets your metal building project started, and you get to start marking up those drawings I mentioned.
5. You need a versatile building
A metal building can be anything you desire. Do you need a garage or a workshop? How about a horse barn? Do you need a church, industrial building or an airplane hangar? Metal buildings are the perfect solution for a home or a home office. The space is so versatile! Your metal building can be anything you want it to be. Can you count on your wood building to do any of this for you? The government requires airplane hangers to be made out of steel, and many experts recommend steel barns for equestrian centers because its safer for the horses. Large machinery storage or applications where large spans are required isn’t always economical with traditional forms of construction.
Be sure to peruse the Armstrong Steel Network for more helpful resources for first time builders!