3 Things To Keep In Mind When Considering A Pre-Fabricated Steel Building

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Buying a pre-engineered metal building can be a great solution for your business. They last a long time and they don't need much maintenance. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind when you're thinking about buying a pre-fabricated steel building. Here are some of the most important things to remember.

Check with Your Zoning and Permits Office

When you want to buy a pre-fabricated metal building, it is important that you first check with your the zoning and permits office in your town. If you don't do that, you may find yourself buying and accepting delivery of a building without being able to erect it. 

The zoning office will be able to tell you whether you are able to build the structure you want in the location you want to build it in. If you need to make changes to the building so that it conforms to the local zoning laws, it is easier to pass that information on to the pre-fabricated steel company before they complete your building. Finding out about zoning and permits can save you money and time.

Have the Lot Soil Analyzed

Before you get a pre-fabricated building, you need to make sure that the ground on the lot is level and cleared. However, you need to go a step beyond that and ensure that the soil on the lot is strong enough to handle the building you want. Send a sample to a local soil testing laboratory to find out whether the ground is suitable for the building you have in mind, and be sure to share any information you discover with companies who might designing the building you want. 

Be Sure There is an In-House Engineering Team

When you talk to different companies, you'll soon realize that some have an in-house engineering and detailing team, and some do not. If you are dealing primarily with salespeople that don't design anything in-house, it can become challenging when you want to make changes to the design. The salespeople will have to relay the information to the engineer, and that can cause delays that affect your project. The price of steel may change as you wait, which will affect your costs, and you may find yourself dealing with a change of seasons because you cannot talk to the engineer directly.

An in-house team will allow you to speak directly to the people who are designing your particular steel building. You can ask questions and make changes when you need to, and get quicker feedback.

For more information, contact Commercial Industries Company Inc. or a similar organization.


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