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How to Avoid Construction Delays for Prefab Metal Buildings?


Prefab metal buildings have been enjoying a massive surge in the construction industry as of late. There are massive advantages to adopting these prefab steel buildings for your building project.

The factors that have led to the popularity of prefab steel buildings have been their affordability and the structural strength. Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio among all the other construction materials available at the moment.

The other factor that has contributed to the rise in demand for prefab steel buildings is its flexibility. The clear-spanning interiors of prefab metal buildings allow for the versatile use of the metal building. You can utilize these metal structures for everything, from commercial to residential to agricultural uses.

But the main reason that more and more people are constructing prefab metal buildings is their construction speed. You can install small prefab metal buildings, like steel carports and steel sheds, in a matter of a day or two. We can build large steel buildings in a few weeks to a month. This timeline is much shorter than that of traditional constructions.

Why Do Prefab Metal Buildings Take Less Time To Be Constructed? 

The reason why the construction and installation of prefab metal buildings are so speedy is that all of the components that go into erecting the buildings are premade in the factory. Manufacturers produce the parts to precise measurements and quality standards. That way, the construction of the building goes as smoothly as possible.

This mass production is what makes prefab metal buildings so affordable. After the parts are produced, they are delivered to the construction site. Here, all that we need to do to get the buildings ready for use is the assembly of the building parts. And that takes very little time.

There are no time-consuming processes like curing and drying when you install prefab steel buildings. This also helps to shorten the construction schedule.

Construction Delays for Prefab Metal Buildings and Prefab Steel Buildings

Speedy construction of prefab metal buildings is one of their advantageous aspects. However, there are still some external and internal factors that can delay the construction. Some of them are beyond your control, including the weather conditions or the speed of the installation crew, etc. There is very little you can do to change these things.

But there are other elements that you can control which will ensure that the construction of your prefab metal buildings happens according to the schedule. Avoiding some minor mistakes before the construction even begins can speed up the building process fairly.

Avoiding Construction Delays for Prefab Steel Buildings

Below, we have made a list of things that you should take care of to avoid any construction delays with prefab metal buildings.

  • Building Permits

Acquiring all the building permits for the construction of prefab metal buildings is the responsibility of the customer. The concerned local authorities will give you the building permits if they deem your building to have met all the building codes, by-laws as well as the zoning requirements. You may need to submit drawings and documentation of the prefab metal buildings and pay some fees for those permits.

Failure to acquire the necessary building permits can be very troublesome legally. Authorities may decide to halt the construction process. They may even take down the building in the absence of a building permit. Those permits are also very important to ensure that the prefab steel buildings are structurally safe since the building regulations are put in place so that your building can stand up to the conditions of that specific place.

  • Site Preparation

Preparation of the construction site before the items are delivered is also a task that is assigned to the customer. The site preparation includes leveling the ground, clearing off any obstacle and laying the foundation.

Level ground is very important for the structural integrity of the structure. We do not install our prefab metal buildings on land that has a slope difference of more than a couple of inches. If we install our strctures on unleveled land, the building may suffer from a number of problems. The most common problem that we see in prefab metal buildings that have been installed over unleveled land is the building leaning on one side, developing cracks and leaks, windows and doors not closing properly, etc.

If the land is not leveled and the installation crew has to return without beginning the construction, it will mean a longer construction schedule for your building.

For larger prefab metal buildings, we might also require the customers to have some equipment available on the site, like cranes and forklift. Failure to obtain the equipment can also cause delays.

  • Utility Lines

Another important thing you should take care of before the installation crew arrives on-site is to clearly mark the utility lines. For this, you might have to go to the municipal authorities and acquire drawing showing where the utility lines are located inside your property.

As per the drawing you should mark the utility lines that may be affected by the construction. This is done to ensure that those utility lines are not damaged in any way during the construction. You might have to obtain permits to make changes to those utility lines.

It might feel like a very time-consuming process but it is better to be safe than sorry. Accidental damage to these utility lines can cause massive delays to your construction, not to mention how detrimental the repair costs, as well as the safety risks, are.

  • Building Design and Building Plan Changes

The most frustrating thing that contractors find in the whole construction process might be the frequent changes made to the building design or the building plan. These changes have a massive impact on the building schedule and can, sometimes, unnecessarily lengthen the construction period. So, as far as possible, avoid making changes mid-way during the construction. Know what you want and require from the very beginning.

Unlike traditional constructions, when you make even minor changes to the building design and building plan for prefab metal buildings, it cannot be resolved on the site. Since manufacturers have to prefabricate these buildings, when the customer makes changes, we have to modify the orders. In most cases, we have to return the part to the factory. Then, the factories have to manufacture and deliver the new parts. This not only consumes a lot of your time but also increases the labor cost of the building. Of course, sometimes changes are unavoidable. But, try to keep those changes to a very minimum.

Buy Prefab Metal Buildings from Carport1

Enjoy the speedy construction of metal buildings with prefab metal buildings from Carport1. Whether you need metal carports, metal garages, metal barns, metal RV covers or custom metal buildings, we have got it all. We have hundreds of models for our prefabricated metal buildings for you to choose from. For details on specific products, browse through our online catalog or contact us.

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