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Evaluate Metal Building Quote

Metal Building Firms Quote The Same Building Differently.

Just because you asked two companies to quote a 40’ x 60’ x 14’ with one roll up door and 2 walk doors included, doesn’t mean both firms will quote the building identically. It is for this reason, learning to evaluate quotes is an imperative. A wise buyer meticulously reviews quotes and writes down a list of questions or concerns. Simply relying on what a salesman says may not be wise.

A sales representative also has broad discretion regarding what features to include in your bid. There are distinct quality differences between certified and non-certified companies. as well as what a company considers standard versus an upgrade. Not mastering how to evaluate quotes can cost you greatly.

Basic Items To Focus On

1)    Credentials of the manufacturer:

The manufacturer of your metal building makes a difference. There are small mom and pop fabricators that can adequately design a basic farm building; however, there will most likely be additional field work needed when the building is erected. For instance, an AISC (American Institute Of Steel Construction) certified plant will design a more erection-friendly structure. You may ask, “Does it cost more to purchase from an  AISC certified plant than a non- certified plant?” The simple answer is ‘most likely, yes’. However, the certified plants utilize more advanced software; therefore, tend to design buildings more efficiently and quicker. This equates to relatively similar cost structures. More often than not, the AISC plant is the better choice to buy from because they construct quicker and have less design errors.

2)    Compared Sheeting profile and gauge:

Make sure you verify that you are getting a PBR profile instead of an R profile.   PBR panel stands for Purlin Bearing Rib panel. This panel is superior to the traditional  R panel for roof and siding applications. The panel has a larger lip that provides a more efficient overlap – sealing out elements.

3)    Evaluate the Warranty on Colors as well as Galvalume Finishes:


The certified companies tend to offer a longer color warranty of 40-years versus 10 to 20-year by  non-certified establishments. In addition, certified companies offer 25-year galvalume plus finish warranties compared to a standard 20-year galvalume warranty.

4)    Framed Opening Trim:


Framed opening’s finishes are the first thing one often sees on a metal building. Make sure your large door openings are fully flashed. One of the ways firms skimp on your building is neglecting to fully flash the openings. A fully flashed opening covers all the red iron exposed at the entrance. A simple trim opening shows an unattractive finish. Why spend thousands of dollars on a building, just to have it looks cheap?


5)   Roof Snow Load:


Know your true roof snow load. The ground snow load is not your roof load. Some firms indicate only the ground load. Keep in mind, your roof load is approximately 30% less than ground load; so if someone quotes you a 30 lb ground load, you are actually getting a 21 lb. roof load.  Call your local building department to verify what Minimum Roof Snow load they expect for your permit approval. These loads definitely make a difference in building pricing.

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  • Minimum $500 – $1,000 savings – Average savings is 15% below market rates…

  • plus one ADDITIONAL  feature more than any other offer

Our Terms:

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

  • 80’x 100′ x 16′ or larger with at least 2 roll up doors, roof & wall insulation included – minimum savings $1,000.

  • Competitor’s quote must be dated within 2 weeks of the current date.

  • 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.