The choice to buy a steel building is not a decision you should make lightly. You are going to be putting a significant investment into this building and, in turn, your business or property. Therefore, you must exercise due diligence when researching prefab steel buildings and selecting one to place on your property.
Here are a few of the most common mistakes customers make when purchasing steel buildings. Talk to an experienced truss manufacturer in Arkansas ahead of time, and consider these mistakes and learn from them so you do not end up repeating them:
- Pouring a concrete foundation before you actually have building plans: It’s understandable to be excited about getting the job started. But you would be amazed at how many times customers decide to go ahead with pouring a concrete foundation before they actually have plans for their steel building to refer to. It’s understandable to want to speed up the process, but ultimately, pouring the foundation could actually waste you a significant amount of time and money. Steel buildings are going to be subject to wind and weather forces, and your foundation needs to meet certain specifications to be safe for your particular project. By pouring your concrete before you have the plans, you run the risk of adding a step to the process: ripping out part or all of the foundation and starting over. That’s an absolute killer to your budget right there.
- Getting your building equipment delivered before you’ve obtained a permit: Getting a permit to erect the building on your property should be one of the very first steps you take, before you even order the equipment you need to get the project done. Again, by getting your equipment delivered before you have approval, you run the risk of wasting a huge amount of money. If the building inspector or city official decides not to grant you the permit, you are likely stuck with a large amount of building materials and equipment that you can no longer use. You are solely responsible for the permitting process—your prefab steel building or truss manufacturer in Arkansas is not responsible. Your steel building has likely been engineered for your specific location, so once you have the materials, there is really no turning back. Do not make this mistake!
- Buying materials from companies that do not have engineering departments: Whenever possible, you should work with manufacturing companies that have in-house engineers, or at least a long-term working relationship with local engineers. Many of these companies outsource their engineering and detailing overseas, which means that you will never have the chance to speak with or meet the individuals who are designing your project. Having this sort of working relationship with your engineer is extremely beneficial for your project.
These are three of the biggest mistakes you can make when preparing to erect a prefab steel building on your property. If you have any questions about ordering or designing steel buildings or are looking for more information about the variety of services we provide, we encourage you to reach out to today to Adams Truss, Inc., your trusted steel truss manufacturer in Arkansas.