On this article page - Prefabricated Metal
- we will expand upon our article
Prefab Metal Buildings
- What you need to
know before you buy. In that article we offered a number of topics that
require some thought and research for the successful purchase of the
correct metal building.
As we mentioned, this might seem to be a no-brainer. But make no mistake.
- any buildings for that matter - have been
purchased without much thought as to what uses the building will have. And
many of these purchases have proven to be costly mistakes.
You obviously have a desired (or required) need for a new metal building -
otherwise you wouldn't be here. But break down that need into smaller
For a simple example you might need a prefab building to store something,
say a vintage car. You will have to have a building large enough to have a
door that the car can go through. But what else do you foresee being
stored with that car? Perhaps you have a number of parts, accessories or
other peripheral items. Will you require a workspace with workbench? What
about a motor hoist suspended form the ceiling or roof framing? Will you
want to have an upper storage area or mezzanine to store items?
The answers to these questions will direct you to a specific type of
pre-fab metal building
. The hoist
requirement would probably mean that a metal arch building is out. A
pre-eng type building would require reinforcing
to handle the load, as would a panelized metal building. If openings are
desired on end walls and sidewalls, arch buildings are probably eliminated
Now continuing with the example, can you foresee purchasing another car or
perhaps an RV that would require storage? Now is the time to plan for
that. A panelized metal building would require that the enwall that can be
removed. In the case of a
pre-eng steel building
, you would require an
expandable end wall frame.
Is the building an investment that when you are finished with your vintage
toys that you would sell. Consider the re-sale value of what you are
proposing to purchase. Perhaps instead of a 12' high building, an 18' high
building will offer a larger buyer market and consequently a higher
Another example of this would be the case of a commercial metal building
used for offices. A three-storey building for example would have a higher
re-sale value if each of the floors were self-contained so that each floor
could be leased separately. You may never have a need to divide the
building, but at re-sale time you again expand your purchaser base.
In the case of metal farm buildings, the requirements - and subsequently
building types - are different if you are purchasing steel horse barns or
metal barns for storage purposes.
Planning your purchase of a metal prefabricated building well can prove to
be a huge cost saver. Mistakes in planning cost money - often big money.
But by completing your 'due diligence', you will have limited the possible
mistakes and be able to be comfortable with your ultimate choice.
What to Do Next
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