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Oct. 15, 2017, 8:33 a.m.

A checklist for first-time Prefab Metal Building buyers

30x56 Metal Barn Angle
30x56 Metal Barn Angle

The process of buying a new metal building might seem intimidating if you are looking into getting a prefab metal building for the very first time. You do not know where to start. Even searching for prefab metal buildings on the internet gives you many results leaving you more confused than you initially were. But buying metal buildings is far from being the complicated task you think it is. It is actually pretty straightforward.

But first, let us discuss why you should buy metal carports, metal garages or any other custom metal buildings. A metal building comes with many advantages. Prefab metal buildings are installed in a fraction of time it would take for you to construct a traditional building. These buildings are very durable and are engineered to stand the test of time. Additionally, they are very affordable to purchase as well as to maintain. The sustainability and the energy-efficiency of prefab metal buildings have also helped to boost their popularity, especially in recent times.

Another major benefit of metal buildings is their easy customizability. Whether you want a building for residential storage or need it for commercial purposes, you can design prefab metal buildings to fit all of your needs. If you need any guidance to design your metal buildings, feel free to contact us

Things First-time Buyers Should Know before Buying Prefab Metal Buildings

There are a few things that you should know before buying a prefab metal building. A little bit of forethought and research can help you make the best buying decision possible. 

  • How will I be using my prefab metal building?

The very first thing to know before you look into buying any prefab metal building is how you intend to use it. You might want a metal building for storing your stuff that no longer fits inside your house. On the other hand, you might be searching for a prefab metal building for industrial warehousing. Knowing the use of the metal building will give you a clearer idea of its specification. When you know your space requirements, you can then decide on the size of the building. You can also choose the style of your metal building and any extra features based on your building’s intended use.

The features of a prefab metal building are entirely dependent on its use. So, even if you do not know what options are suitable for you or do not have a fully-formed design of the building, you should know what the use of the prefab metal building will be.

  • What features and kinds of prefab metal buildings are available in the market?

It is true that not all prefab metal buildings are the same. Different metal building manufacturers and suppliers offer different options for prefab steel buildings. However, in general, the key features, components, and kinds of prefab metal buildings available in the market are very similar. You can start by getting information about the parts of prefab metal buildings. The components of metal buildings are very simple and very few. That is why they are so easy to install. For more details on the various parts of prefab metal building, refer to our Metal Building Glossary.

Then familiarize yourself a little bit with the various extra features that you can put with prefab steel buildings. You can look at pictures of metal buildings online to get an idea of what kind of prefab metal building you would want. You can consult with our expert customer care service if you want any additional information or recommendations.

  • Which metal building supplier to choose for your prefab metal building?

There are many metal building suppliers in the market. The number of choices might even overwhelm you. So, what can you do? Do some research. Look at the experience of the supplier for an idea of how trusted the company is. Suppliers, like Carport1, have gained the trust of customers through years of experience in the metal building industry. You can also read the testimonials and reviews of the customers that the suppliers have served. If you have friends that have previously purchased a prefab metal building then get their suggestions. Having a good metal building supplier is not only important to get a durable product but also to have a great buying experience.

What Should First-time Buyers Do While Purchasing prefab Metal Buildings?

  • Request A Quote

Request quotes for the price of your prefab metal building from various suppliers. You can then analyze the quotes and see how much your metal building is priced. After that, you can compare the prices. If you are happy with the metal building cost and if it fits inside your budget then go ahead and buy the product. With most of the metal building dealers and suppliers, you can get a quote or estimation of your metal building online at no cost. You can request an instant quote for your metal building through our webpage.

  • Consult With the Local Building Authorities

Before you actually place an order, it is a good idea to talk to your local building authorities. Most of the places throughout the country have some rules and codes in place to regulate prefab metal building construction. These rules and regulations are there to ensure the safety of people and the structure itself. Compliance with these rules is very important from a legal perspective too.

So contact your local authorities; get information on the rules and regulations on prefab metal building construction around your area. Also, know if your local authorities need any certifications or documentation. Carport1 offers certified metal buildings which are engineered to withstand the weather loads of a certain place. All these steps will help you comply with the rules and ensure a smooth sailing with your construction.  

  • Site Preparation

When you know everything you need to know and decide which prefab metal building to buy then you can place your order. However, your job is not done there. After you have placed an order and before the delivery arrives at your doorstep, you should get the site prepared. When it comes to site preparation, the first thing to do is to level the site. A prefab metal building will only be structurally safe and durable on a flat piece of land. Leveling the site is the responsibility of the buyer. The buyer is expected to have a leveled site when the installation crew arrives. You should also remove any debris that may obstruct the construction process.

If you want the prefab metal building to stand on concrete or other types of foundation, then you should also take care of that. If you are laying a concrete foundation, then make sure that the foundation has had enough time to cure before the construction starts. Another thing you need to do before the installation is to obtain all the building permits. The suppliers, in most cases, will not bear the responsibility of obtaining building permits on your behalf.

Hopefully, the above lists will be helpful in informing first-time buyers and help address any concerns you have about purchasing prefab metal buildings. At Caport1, we want to make sure that you get high-quality products along with great customer experience. We stand with our customers all throughout the entire process. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced buyer, feel free to contact us if you have any doubts about any of our products or services.

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