The Complete Steel Building Guide: Things to Remember
Helpful tips, information, and important warnings for folks once they've decided to purchase a steel building.
Things to Remember
Putting up a steel building can oftentimes cause would-be builders to run the gamut of emotions—from excitement to nervousness and everything in between. As you get closer to selecting your building provider, it is important to remember the process is not over and there is still work to be done before celebrating.
Too often, we hear from regretful customers who wound up making the mistake of thinking cheaper was going to be better. When things didn't work out, they called us to make it right. Cheap buildings result in costly on-site delays when parts are missing or holes don't line up. Don't lose focus of what's important! It's easy to get sucked in to the attraction of a cheap building. Our Authorized Builders would know best as they've put up hundreds and hundreds of pre-engineered steel buildings. They too say the cheapest buildings wind up being the most expensive buildings by the time it's all said and done!
The prospect of saving a few thousand dollars just isn't worth it when those savings quickly vaporize the minute your labor costs increase. You get what you pay for! That few thousand dollars translates to whether or not your building was designed, engineered and detailed in America or not! Remember that cheap piece of furniture you bought in college? The holes didn't line up, the instructions didn't make any sense, and maybe you were missing screws, bolts, etc. There are plenty of other aspects of your project where you can save money, such as labor. Don't risk costly on site delays or get stuck having to hire a welder to fix parts that were designed or manufactured in a hurry.
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These days, it only takes $20 and a computer to put a website on the internet. There were 12.6 million victims of identity fraud in the U.S. in 2012. Identity theft tops the list of consumer complaints that are reported to the Federal Trade Commission every year. The schemes today's thieves are using to steal personal information have become more and more sophisticated. The Federal Trade Commission urges Americans to limit sharing personal information online to only trusted sources. There are techniques and software that intercept online submissions and match names, phone numbers and addresses to social security numbers obtained in other data breaches.
It may be hard to believe but 37% of all data breaches were business related while only 4% were bank related. Be weary as many websites these days are not what they appear to be. Choose your company wisely. Some websites are very safe to use, while others have no security safeguards at all.
Also, select your own doors, windows and other building extras. Don't let anyone "include" those! There's a reason why contractors insist on maintaining control over every aspect of the costs associated with any given project, right? Armstrong's DirectBuy program gives you the same control - without the headaches. Letting someone choose your doors and windows for you is like letting someone choose the floors, paint colors, and finishes in your home - sight unseen.
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While this information may cause some trepidation, if you stay on track and follow the guidance of your Building Expert, you have little to worry about. If you have any questions about these possible hiccups, please do not hesitate to contact your dedicated Steel Building Expert.
Putting up a building is one of the most rewarding milestones in life. Take a look at the steps involved in the Direct Buy process in our next section.