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Frequently Asked Questions
We've helped thousands of contractors, small business owners, builders, do it yourselfers and their families learn more about the benefits of building with steel. Along the way, we've also answered more than a few questions about steel buildings — and we're always happy to help. For your convenience, we've compiled the answers to some of the more common questions.
How can I get a price on a building?
Do you offer specials?
How can I get the best possible deal?
Who is eligible to buy direct?
Until recently, direct pricing on steel and pre-engineered building systems were only accessible to the nation's largest contractors. Armstrong pledged to change that. While Armstrong's Direct Buy program is designed specifically for those who have a prepared job site, our project managers prefer to spend time designing your building with you fairly and in a way that reflects the realities of each project. That means projects that have prepared and ready job sites or are timed to perfectly fill a void in our project schedule (like in the winter) may get extra special pricing. There are basic eligibility requirements for Armstrong's Direct Buy program.
You're probably eligible if you meet one or more of the following conditions:
- You have your financing in place
- You know what you want
- You have your land or somewhere to store your delivered building components
- You're prepared to place a deposit to secure your steel order and begin working on your drawings with your project manager.
It's important to remember that not everyone who is eligible for Armstrong's Direct Buy program ultimately utilizes it.
How strong is your steel?
How do I get my building designed? Do I need an architect?
Can I come visit?
Am I buying directly from the factory?
Are there color choices for my building?
Who is Armstrong Steel?
How is Armstrong Steel involved in the community?
Why participate in Armstrong's Direct Buy program?
How do I qualify to buy direct and what happens afterward?
When is the Direct Buy program not my best option?
How complicated is Armstrong's Direct Buy program?
Do I need an architect?
What types of structures are best served by going with steel?
Will an Armstrong Steel Building System meet my local codes?
Do I need to know exactly what I want before I lock in my building order?
What effects the price of my steel building?
The prices of individual metals, like prices for any commodity, are essentially determined by supply and demand. Current prices do not only factor in immediate supply and demand but also expectations of future supply and demand. In the past decade, China transformed the traditional pricing of iron ore as its prodigious metals appetite helped double global demand for seaborne iron ore. This coupled with rising gas prices, the economic recovery in the United States and a European rebound make for volatile steel prices. Steel prices tend to behave in the same manner as gas prices which is why we recommend locking in your order as soon as you know you will be building.
Why would I want to lock in my order if I don't plan on building for months?
The rising price of steel is more volatile than concrete prices, labor rates, or services. For this reason, contractors and builders recommend you lock in your order when you know with certainty that you're building - regardless of when.
How do I avoid paying more for my steel building system?
The number one reason contractors, builders and do it yourselfers choose Armstrong's Direct Buy program is simple: The ability to maintain control over the costs with respect to every aspect of their project without having to be an expert General Contractor. The incredible benefit of a dedicated Armstrong Project Manager opens the doors of new building ownership to thousands of people who might otherwise struggle with General Contractor up-charges and change orders. Armstrong's Direct Buy program also provides unrivaled access to direct pricing on countless accessories, flexible payment terms and consistently lower rates than other companies. This program provides qualified buyers with unmatched buying power and flexibility. For the vast majority of do it yourselfers, small business owners and builders, Armstrong's Direct Buy program represents the simplest and most powerful path to new building ownership.
Who will erect my Armstrong Steel Building System?
What if I choose not to erect the steel building system myself?
Where does Armstrong Steel deliver to?
What if I have questions while I'm putting up my steel building?
How difficult is it to erect my steel building if I choose to do it myself?
How long does it take before my building is delivered?
How is my Armstrong Steel Building delivered and do you unload it for me?
How can I be sure all the parts for my building have been delivered?
Why shouldn't I shop based on price alone?
Aren't all steel buildings the same?
What is the difference between an OEM manufacturer and a broker?
A broker quotes you a price, and then finds the cheapest supplier in order to find the largest profit margin. Brokers will order a building, and subcontract the design somewhere else, usually off shore. The steel building broker isn’t invested in your project, and this is evident by them shopping for the least expensive manufacturer. If there are erection problems, it’s your problem. If the building doesn’t fit together, it’s your problem.
Buying directly from a manufacturer is a smarter option. Armstrong Steel owns and operates our very own manufacturing facility in Denver, CO. Manufacturers control every step in the process of a steel building project, from conception to completion. In addition, Accountability and improvement are among our core objectives and we hold our products and processes to the highest standards. We have the ability to focus on quality, and ensure tight deadlines are met. We also have a full engineering and detailing team in-house, not overseas. Isn’t that what you would expect for your steel building purchase?