Choosing to have a metal building installed is a big decision because it’s more than just a purchase – it’s truly a significant investment. A steel structure from Metal Garage Central is a fantastic solution for all sorts of building needs. How to decide what you need? That will depend upon important factors like intended building design & usage, needed size dimensions, and budget.
Choose Wisely Now to Save Time, Money, & Frustration Later
When it comes down to it, many folks will make a metal building buying decision based upon two primary points:
No one wants to spend more on a metal building. Not surprisingly, this leads many folks to shop around with some self-proclaimed “discount” dealers in hopes of saving a little money on their building. But bear in mind that when it comes to custom prefab metal buildings, there is almost always a correlation between price and quality. In many (if not most) cases, as the prices drop, so does the quality.
It’s important to remember that paying less for a lesser-quality steel building now could end up costing you much more in the long run. Improperly manufactured steel building components which aren’t installed correctly in the first place can end up causing you many more problems than they’re worth.
If price and quality both matter to you, then you really need to factor in a third key point into your buying equation, too:
- Metal Building Provider
Where Should You Buy Your Metal Building?
There are three types of steel building suppliers you can go to buy a metal building. You can purchase your metal building from a broker, a manufacturer, or a personal metal building consultant. There are pros and cons with each, but you’ll see that one clearly stands apart as the best option.
1. From a Manufacturer
If there’s a local metal building manufacturer in your area, then you may be able to buy directly from them. This is often your cheapest option, but it will typically also require more effort on your part. Many manufacturers aren’t set up to provide an ideal purchasing experience for individual shoppers, and you’ll probably have to do more research and legwork on your own in order to get what you want.
2. From a Broker
Another way you can order a metal building is from a broker. Some of these are still set up as brick-and-mortar locations, but many metal building brokers can now be found online as well. A broker is basically a middleman who helps to coordinate the ordering process between you and a manufacturer. Sometimes they can get what you’re looking for, sometimes they can’t. Prices can vary significantly between one broker and another too, and brokers don’t always have much say in helping to guarantee the consistency of building quality from various manufacturers.
3. From a Personal Metal Building Consultant
A personal metal building consultant is just that – a real metal building professional. An agency like Metal Garage Central actually employs a team of fully-trained building specialists who know all the ins-and-outs of how metal buildings are designed, manufactured, and installed. This means they can guide you through the entire process, and are well-equipped to answer any and all answers you may have along the way. A professional agency like Metal Garage Central also has established preferred-status relationships with the best, most reputable building manufacturers across the country. This means that a building specialist with Metal Garage Central has the clout to make sure you get the exact building you need at the highest level of quality, and they’ll also make sure you’re getting the best possible building pricing, too.
Choose the Right Metal Building Dealer
Before you make the final decision about where to get your metal building, there are a few questions you should ask of any dealer you’re considering. Getting good answers to these 3 questions can help to ensure you’re getting the absolute best return on your metal building investment:
1. Are They Accredited?
You need to know if the metal building dealer you’re considering is accredited with relevant industry organizations, and whether the products they provide are made in appliance with IBC standards and local building codes. While you’re at it, go ahead and check their BBB rating and any published customer reviews, too.
2. Where Are They Located?
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can choose to purchase from a provider who may not necessarily be headquartered in your backyard. In fact, it can be advantageous to go with a provider who maintains a national network of manufacturing partners. But even so, it’s important to choose a provider who can work with a reputable metal building manufacturer that is local to you. This will cut down on necessary transportation and installation costs, and will also make it easier to have your building serviced in the future, should the need ever arise.
3. What Does the Contract Actually Say?
By all means, take the time to read through the building contract before you actually sign your John Hancock. And if the provider you’re considering doesn’t even provide a clear contract, then keep shopping! A good contract should list much more than an itemized pricing agreement. It should also spell out exactly who is responsible for what, and should give you a good understanding of exactly how the building design, manufacturing, and installation process will work.
3 Tips to Make the Decision Quick and Easy
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a metal building aficionado, here are three more tips to keep in mind:
1. Dirt Cheap Really Isn’t a Good Deal
We mentioned before that quality and price are directly related. Super-low prices may look attractive, but make sure to think about cost over the life of the building, too. Low up-front prices often mean lower building quality and higher repair or replacement costs in the long run. Choose high quality now to actually save more in the long run!
2. Read the Fine Print
We know that paperwork can be tedious. However, it is necessary. You need to read through every contract, building design, certification statement, and list of permit requirements. That’s the best way to ensure that you know what’s going on and what to expect with your building process.
3. Decide What You Need First
Knowing what you want or need in a metal building beforehand will really help to make everything go more smoothly for you. Decide your building’s specific purpose or purposes, and try to get a good estimate of the building dimensions you’ll need to cover your bases. Will your building be wired? Insulated? Finished for residential or business office space? What location do you have in mind for installation? Is it already level, or does it still need to be leveled? Once you’ve figured these things out, you’ll be much better prepared to get the new metal building you both want and need.
Choose Right by Choosing Metal Garage Central
Choosing the right metal building provider is perhaps the most important aspect of getting a fantastic metal building. Remember how we said you could choose to go with either a manufacturer, a broker, or a personal metal building consultant? Well, what if you could have all three? With Metal Garage Central, you can!
We’re one of the largest metal building providers in the country, and we serve nearly all of the continental United States. We only partner with the best local and regional metal building manufacturers, and we also hold them to our even higher standards. And our phenomenal building specialists are really the best in the business when it comes to helping turn your dream of a perfect metal building into reality. They can also help you to navigate local building code requirements while helping you to avoid many unnecessary potholes along the way.
Got questions? Ready to get started? Give us a call at (980) 223-3072 today, and experience the Metal Garage Central difference for yourself!