5 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Pre-Engineered Steel Building

Avoid these Mistakes in Building Your Pre-Engineered Steel Building

A pre-engineered steel building is an excellent investment for your business. They are durable and take a fraction of the time and cost of conventional building construction. That being said there are a number of mistakes you should avoid when building your pre-engineered steel building.

Our team will help you address these and a number of other aspects when we put together a free quote for your next steel building project. Whether it is a Mini Storage, Commercial Building, Industrial Steel Building or Agricultural Building, we have been helping businesses since 1994 build the right buildings for their business.

1. Not Scoping Out The Budget Needed for Your Building Properly.

There are many options available for building steel buildings. Some of them offer kits and DIY options which may seem like a great option. Often those options will leave out costs which really need to be factored in from the beginning.

Our team will work with you to include all relevant things for your building project. This approach give you a big picture of your needs ahead of time so you are not faced with fixing mistakes later.

Here are some additional things to consider in your pre-engineered building budget.

  • Commercial Roll Up Doors
  • Delivery & Transportation
  • Erection & Framing
  • Concrete foundation
  • AC & Climate Control
  • Plumbing
  • Insulation
  • Interior finishing

Cutting corners with a DIY kit can end up creating a more expensive project overall if you have to add items to your building.

At Austin Building Systems, we will work with you to create the best building plan and make sure you consider all aspects of your pre-engineered building relevant to your building’s use and your budget.

2. Making Sure You Have the Proper Permits and Meet Building Regulations Before Delivery of your Steel Building and Construction Begins

Before you begin to build you need to know the zoning for your property as there may be restrictions on where, what and how you can build. Zoning regulations will vary from one locality to another so know your zoning.

Permits are necessary and can often be done early in your construction process so, get this done. You must have all permits anyway so, make sure you get these done. When you work with our team we make sure that you have all of your permits from the beginning so the rest of your building process is not hindered.

3. Building the Wrong Building

At first glance it seems like this just can’t happen. But, you would be surprised how many people will build the wrong building or just choose one type of kit and try to use it for another purpose. A Garage can’t be used for a barn. A barn can’t be used for manufacturing. Pre-fab steel building kits are often not suited for larger scale business application.

We will work with you to provide a FREE detailed quote which scopes out your building plan, building into your designs all elements needed for your mini storage building, steel building.

4. Cutting Corners with Building Safety Measures

When you do move ahead with construction of your building, make sure you follow safety protocols. The building construction industry leads the way when it comes to workplace injuries and even deaths.

For example, use a forklift or crane to unload your steel panels from the truck. When it comes to erecting steel beams and make sure the crews use all relevant safety equipment while on the job.

Here is a list of some safety equipment used on the job site.

  • Hard Hats and/or Helmets: OSHA-approved protective head protection to protect against head injuries.
  • Gloves: Protect your hand from cuts with heavy-duty gloves.
  • Boots: All workers should have strong foot and ankle support boots for protection.
  • Goggles & Protective Eye Gear: To protect your eyes while drilling or cutting. Make sure your goggles are OSHA- approved.
  • Masks: Workers should wear masks not to inhale the fiberglass.

5. Pouring Foundation Before You Have Finalized Building Plans

This does not happen often but, customers will come to us after they have poured the foundation thinking this was a time saving step. We want the opportunity to speak with you before you pour your foundation, or start any construction on your building as this can have a considerable impact on your building.

When our team works with you ahead of the foundation construction, we can match your pre-engineered steel building structure with your foundation so the two are a perfect fit.

Your foundation needs to be matched with your building’s structure. Your building needs to be designed to withstand the environment and climate control needs of your business and the use it will be undergoing. Your building will have anchor bolts that will need to be a part of the foundation which will support the steel building structure.

In addition, we work with many construction and concrete companies to be able to provide you with resources to help you get the highest quality foundation at the best cost for your metal building.

At Austin Building Systems we have been helping businesses design and build pre-engineered steel buildings since 1994. Give us a call at 540-297-1300 and let us help you with a free quote for your next pre-engineered steel building, mini storage or light industrial building.

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