Steel Building Guide
- Why a Steel Building?
- First-Time Builders
- Rising Steel Prices
- Purchasing Options
- Direct Buy Eligibility
- Why Choose Armstrong?
- Lock in your Order
- Things To Remember
- The Direct Buy Process
- Price a Building Today
Building With Steel
Locking in Your Steel Order
Armstrong Steel provides qualified customers with a simple way to take advantage of lower steel prices with a small engineering payment. Steel is a commodity that behaves similarly to other commodities such as oil. Unfortunately, current market conditions don’t allow for the locking in of your steel price. Consumers often times find it difficult to grasp the concept of steel prices rising and falling because steel price fluctuations aren't front and center on the news like oil which causes gas prices to fluctuate wildly, all the while steadily increasing. Except currently, steel and lumber prices are soaring and it’s basically impossible to lock in your steel price with anyone right now.
Steel prices, like any commodity, are ultimately influenced by supply and demand. Oil prices increase because of factors that are reported on national news like wars, pipeline shutdowns and the summer driving season. Steel prices also react to decreased supply and increased demand but its factors are often not on the news. When the tsunami hit Japan, steel prices were affected. When steel manufacturing facilities go on strike around the world or are struggling to get fully staffed like what we’re experiencing currently, steel prices are affected. When the Keystone pipeline was shut down, the increase in oil prices affects everything you purchase. When construction season comes around, steel prices are affected. When the need for steel increases, the global supply goes down which in turn causes a spike in steel prices around the world. The current and projected future economic climate makes now the best time to purchase a steel building. In fact, the sooner the better as you want to avoid incurring more than one price increase.
Armstrong Steel has long been the largest and most recognized pre-engineered building supplier in the United States. Thousands of people contact Armstrong Steel every month! We have the buying power in the industry necessary to acquire steel building materials when many other brokers are being turned away. Unforeseen events like what we are currently experiencing cause steel prices to increase and steel to become hard to obtain but Armstrong Steel offers its clients access to extraordinary buying power.
Builders want to do business with a name they can trust because it just doesn't make sense to take a risk. Many internet based companies are nothing more than a website and ultimately, you really don't know who you're working with. Don't risk your investment! Go with Armstrong.
How's It Work?
With a very modest engineering payment you are assigned a project manager who will help you design your building and get your project slotted in engineering and detailing. This is a huge advantage in today's market and something that smaller steel building outfits are not able to do. Many steel building websites are just a broker with a telephone who then has to subcontract the detailing and engineering elsewhere. With current conditions, that can be very problematic and lead to the assessment of multiple price increases while you wait for engineering and detailing labor and/or actual materials to become available. Be very selective and don't risk your project with just anyone.
Two Great Purchasing Options:
Often called "Direct Pricing", Armstrong's DirectBuy program is great for folks who are looking to realize significant savings on the steel itself and select their own components locally or from the direct pricing catalog.
Retail Building Purchase
An option for those who seek a more hands off, full-service approach. Call your Building Expert at corporate headquarters for further assistance.
The impending future economic climate makes now a great time for many folks to buy a steel building as some project steel to cost twice as much a year from now. While price increases are impossible to avoid right now, it’s better to get your building now than a year from now.
Direct Buy Eligibility
Typically, you can qualify if you have your financing in place, know what you want, have a place to store your delivered building, and are prepared to make a fractional engineering payment towards the final balance of your building.
It really isn't difficult to qualify to participate in Armstrong's DirectBuy program. One of the biggest benefits to Armstrong's DirectBuy program is access to a project manager who, for lack of a better term, will hold your hand and walk you through this process step by step.
You'll have access to Armstrong's Direct Pricing Catalog and receive special pricing not only for steel but on building components such as doors, windows, insulations, etc.
It is important to note that in order to receive Armstrong's Direct Pricing Catalog or to get slotted in engineering, you must hold an existing order with us.
Once approved to participate in Armstrong's DirectBuy program, your journey does not stop there. Learn more about helpful tips and guidelines in our next section.