Don’t Over Pay

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Four Reasons People Overpay On Metal Buildings:

Not Utilizing Common Sense

My experience indicates our best defense against overpaying is simply using common sense. When we tap into our intuitive nature, we tend to make sound judgments in practical matters.  If you are over 30 years old, you probably have had enough life experiences to guide you intuitively far down life’s journey without added external assistance.

Let me be more specific: When a steel building representative is presenting their information, you should be able to discern, to some degree, whether or not they are being truthful.  Most of the time, if you are truly listening, an insincere salesman will say ‘something’ that doesn’t quite ‘square up’ with you. When this occurs, did you honor your common sense and ask deeper, more probing questions or did you give the person a pass by ignoring these signals? In most cases of overpaying, consumers later admit they knew something wasn’t quite right early in the buying process.

We at Integrity Building Sales recommend that you allow yourself to get still and contemplate your desired outcome before speaking with any representative.  You are the best one to ‘captain the ship’ throughout the buying process. As a matter of fact, most find that their intuitive nature (common sense) is their best guide.

Only Reviewing 1 or 2 Bids

No longer can we trust that one 1 or 2 bids is enough to truly evaluate the steel building industry.  We recommend you get a minimum 3 to 4 bids. To tell the full truth, we know some metal building outlets purposely overcharge anticipating a percentage of customers won’t compare prices. We have spoken to countless customers who located our website after they purchased elsewhere.  Needless to say, they felt foolish learning they could of bought the same building from Integrity Building Sales hundreds to thousands of dollars cheaper.

Not Reading Contracts and Terms Thoroughly

This may be the most common mistake: Quite often consumers rely on commission salesman’s statements instead of confirming the validity of issues in writing.

It doesn’t make a difference how thorough the salesman was or whether you like them or not.   Thoroughly read the proposal and contract terms.  As a matter of fact, an honest representative will recommend that you thoroughly read everything.

Once the sale is final, quite often that same nice and thorough commission salesman either changes their tone or they direct you to speak with their manager when things go wrong.

Not Budgeting

Not creating a budget before buying a steel building is like driving a car without any GPS to a location you have never been before. Trust me, smart buyers always create a budget. Budgets restrain the impulse to buy non essential items. Not surprisingly, more often than not, costs tend to stay within our budgets when we have the foresight to create a budget from the start.

Psalm 46:1 ~ God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  

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  • 40′ x 60′ x 14′ – 80’x 100′ x 14′ with at least 2 roll up doors, roof & wall insulation included – minimum savings $500.

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  • Competitor’s quote must be the same size structure, smae specifications, and accessories included as offered by us.

  • Competitor’s quote must be received by us before customer purchases from us.

  • Competitor’s building must be fabricated from an AISC (Amercian Institute of Steel Construction) certified facility in order to compare equal manufacturing standards.

Low Complexity Defined

We specialize in Low Complexity building design orders.

High complexity building quotes are done on a case by case basis.
What is considered Low complexity:

  • Size: 100 x 500 x 30 max, strictly square or rectangular

  • Roof Pitch: 1:12 through 4:12

  • Endwall & Sidewall Extensions with soffits: 1’ – 5’

  • All Snow & Wind Load Codes Available

  • Partitions and accessories (walk doors, windows, skylights, roll up doors, vents and insulation) available.

If you have questions about whether or not your building is Low or High Complexity, please call  1-800-593-4012

The Basics of Steel Building Codes

In summary, you should be familiar with the following codes prior to building purchase:

  • Snow Load/ Wind Speed
  • Wind Exposure, Example: Exposure B or C
  • Governing Code, Example: IBC 2009, 2014 or 2015
  • Current website prices reflect IBC 2015, Wind Exposure B – Call your local building department to confirm your requirements prior to ordering.

Roof Snow Load Codes/ Wind Speed Code

  • On the website, you will select from the Codes listed in the drop-down menus in Option 1, 2 or 3.
  • Please contact your local building department or Google codes for your zip code.
  • Choose codes from our list that meet or exceed your requirements for accuracy in pricing online:

Roof Snow/ Wind Speed

 0  lb. S/L/130 mph  

 0  lb. S/L/150 mph

 4  lb. S/L/115 mph

 20 lb. S/L115 mph

 30 lb. S/L 115 mph

 40 lb. S/L/115 mph

 60 lb. S/L/115 mph

More About Roof Snow Loads – Pound per Square Foot

Typical snow loads in the United States can range from 4  to 60+ lbs per square foot depending on precipitation. Obviously, in warmer climates there are 0 lb minimum snow load requirements, whereas, in colder states where snow and ice hardly have a chance to thaw before the next storm, roof snow loads can be greater than 60 lbs per square foot.  In addition, snow tends to drift and accumulate heavier in some spots than others, which is why snow loads are a factor in addition to the standard dead loads of a building.

More About Wind Codes – Miles per Hour

Wind load is also determined by patterns of climate local to your building site. Wind speed codes range from 0 mph to over 160 mph winds.

Wind, unlike snow, will affect different portions of the building not limited to only the roof.  The wind’s effects on your steel building structure will vary depending on your building design and how it sits on your property.  During the software designing process, strength factors are determined by building height, the size and number of large framed openings, and even the location of those openings.

Wind Exposure

Also in relation to wind is the exposure of your building. Exposure B or C is site-specific.  For example, in gusty areas, your local building department may require Exposure C if there are no windbreaks provided by your surroundings, such as trees or neighboring buildings. Wind exposure also affects how snow tends to drift and accumulate on your building structure.

Contact Your Local Building Department Early for Governing Codes, such as IBC – 2015

While your metal building broker will ask you to confirm these codes per your local building department, the MBS (design and pricing software used by your broker) will recall default minimums when the representative enters your building site ZIP code.  In many occasions, the local building department will ask you for higher than minimum requirements and dictate which building code year governs these specifics. For example, IBC 2015 or NCBC 2014 (International Building Code for year 2015, or North Carolina Building Code for year 2014, etc.)  

In summary, contact your local building department to get specific governing year code, roof snow requirement, wind speed requirement, and the wind exposure requirement specific to your building site address and ZIP code.  

If you want more education regarding other loads your building is designed for, please click to read “What’s Important About Steel Building Codes”  to learn more.