Steel buildings come with a number of advantages. This makes it a great choice for many people, but there are problems that arise when you don’t design the building to fit your needs. Here are four mistakes people make when buying a steel building and having it built. This article will explain why they are mistakes in the first place and how to avoid making these mistakes yourself.
Not Considering All Your Needs
You need to consider the long-term needs of your organization relative to the building you’re having designed, not just the short-term need for space. Yes, you can add onto a steel building by cutting into the steel and adding on. However, this is an additional cost far beyond what you’d pay for a larger overall structure. Don’t forget to plan for longer-term expanded use of the building, installing extra utility connections as you add more cubicles or production lines.
Another issue is not considering the full needs of the people inside the building and its use. You can build an industrial building rather quickly out of steel. You have to design ventilation, insulation and good HVAC coverage if you want it to keep workers comfortable when they are running hot manufacturing equipment. This is less of an issue with standard brick and mortar buildings where worker comfort is part and parcel of the design.
One mistake that people make is assuming that the fact they are buying a steel building solves every problem they have. For example, the lower insurance cost that comes with a durable steel building is assumed to be universal, instead of considering the risk of graffiti or theft in that area. They read about the lower utility costs that are achievable with a well-designed steel building with good insulation without considering utility costs for the given area, the lack of shade for the new structure versus an old one, and harsh winds the building is exposed to.
Not Considering the Building Code
A common mistake people make is looking at the building codes in their jurisdiction and how they can affect total costs. For example, your local building code may require the steel building have a fake brick or stucco façade be added to it. Or, the building code may not allow a steel building to be built in a given area at all, though you have spent money on an architect or permits. In some areas, they allow steel buildings but limit their size.
Note that the cost of the building itself isn’t the only thing you have to pay for. In most areas, you’ll have to pay for building permits and inspection fees. These costs may vary based on where the building is being built.
Make sure that you refrain from committing these mistakes if you’re ever thinking of investing in a steel building. Make sure that you consider the long-term needs for your organization and workers inside, don’t go for the lowest cost materials and service providers, and research your building code before you install a steel building since the local authorities may have rules on its size or how it looks.