Buying a metal building is a significant investment. It’s important to do your research before making a purchase to ensure you receive a high-quality product from a reputable supplier. Here are a few questions to ask metal building suppliers.

How long has your company been in business?

The longer the company has been in business, the more likely they are to deliver on their commitment. Consider asking how many building projects they have completed and also request references. Do they have a physical address you may visit? To find out more about their business, check to see if they’re accredited. Are they associated with the MBMA? Do they have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)?

Will your staff support me during the entire process?

The process of designing, purchasing and erecting a metal building can be complex, especially if you do not have someone in your corner to assist you. Be sure to find a supplier with a robust staff to support you along the way. Check with them to make sure that they will provide all the materials you need for a successful building project, including drawings, delivery schedule and bill of materials. Do they have a shipping coordinator to schedule material delivery? Do they have field service representatives who are available to answer questions?

What is included in the cost of my steel building?

You should understand exactly what you’re paying for when purchasing a steel building. Look for a metal building supplier willing to provide a fully-itemized purchase order that breaks down the cost of each item and option. This includes line-items for accessories, such as insulation, that you might wish to purchase locally. Do they provide a manufacturer and model number for the accessories so you may understand exactly what you are purchasing? In many cases, if the items are described in general terms you will most likely receive the cheapest materials.

Do you provide engineered drawings?

Engineered drawings are crucial for a smooth metal building erection process. Check with the supplier to find out if they are able to engineer custom designs with the features you want such as roof overhangs, higher roof pitches, mansards, parapets and more. Before making a purchase, try requesting samples of their drawings to ensure their quality.

Is your building completely made of steel?

What other elements will be utilized in your building? This will help you understand the quality of the metal building and what you will get for your money.

Will my metal building be designed to meet or exceed local building codes?

Before choosing a supplier, make sure they will work with you to design a steel building that is able to meet or exceed the specified codes and load requirements of your particular locality. After you receive the specifications, It’s important to work with local code officials to confirm that they will meet the requirements for your area before moving forward with your metal building project.

For more information, contact Heritage to speak with a metal buildings expert.