Are You Building A Structure with Steel? Consider this checklist for the right deal.
What is the first step that comes to your mind when you think of a steel building project or any construction project for that matter? After you have decided to build a new storage or a new facility; you will most likely start contacting steel building manufacturers or contractors to get a quote!
Please take a moment and consider the finer details before making-up your mind. One should give enough attention to several elements listed below to help you take a sound decision:
Broad level considerations:
Know what you want: Before you approach any builder, know exactly what you want. There are less chances of unwanted surprises during the construction phase. If you aren’t quite sure what you need, a reputed and experienced building manufacturer can help you decide what’s best as per your requirement with regards to design, products, accessories and the entire budget.
Steel Prices Fluctuate: Steel being a globally manufactured and traded product, pricing is dynamic and subject to various factors like world economy, global pricing trends, demand-supply dynamics, complexities of logistics etc. The trending in steel prices can change frequently and at times without prior notice. Decide sooner than later.
Functional Complexities: The customization for steel buildings is what makes an aircraft hangar different from a car garage, and a car garage different from an office building. More the complexities, more the costs e.g.: mezzanine floor, ducting requirements, EOT cranes usage etc. Be aware of the extra costs that may be incurred due to last minute additions or requirements.
Building Utilities: Electrification, sanitary work, plumbing, Air conditioning & HVAC ducting’s, storage facilities of raw material, WIP`s & finished goods etc. require domain expertise. Not only different vendors increase costs but also time & efforts to complete project. Look out for such specification of each in your quote to fit your functional need.
Construction Costs: The construction costs you encounter while completing your building can fluctuate even more than the price of steel. What influences the steel price in your local market is the time of the year you are buying it in, labor costs, demand and proximity to suppliers. Poor project planning can cost delays & time laps in functional kickoff.
Typically, the transportation costs play significantly as per regions, but that doesn’t mean every state has similar high costs. In this, distribution channel of building supplier is vital for on time completion. Hence it is important to depend on general cost per square estimation while planning a project.
Location: Metal buildings will always be engineered with your location in mind. You must meet or exceed local codes and loads, so you need to know exactly where you want your building. Atmospheric conditions such as wind, rain, seismic activity, snow, temperature etc. play an important role in how your steel building must be constructed.
Look for details: Quote usually includes description of the main material, shed size, use of accessories, terrain code rating and color selection. All pricing and terms of payment are included. If there aren’t enough details on your quote, feel free to request more. Attached to the quote will be the elevation drawings. Any discrepancies should be discussed directly to make sure all details are clear. Once you have decided on the size and style of the project, you are bound to get your specifications faster from the supplier.
Know the difference between TCT and BMT: For design calculations or structural designs, one should insist on BMT, since the actual strength of the material lies in its base steel. The metallic coating layer (TCT – Total Coated Thickness) provides the corrosion resistance against natural weathering.
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