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.