Steel structures are very sound investments. For first-time buyers, it’s important to choose the right metal building. If you don’t know where to start, let us help you! Texas Custom Metal Buildings of Midland can give you tips on navigating the buying process. Continue reading to learn more:

Decide Your Metal Building Needs

The building kit you will buy depends on your specific needs. First, you need to know your expectations for your steel structure. Decide what purpose you expect it to serve. Will it be for storage, recreation, or commercial purposes? This step is important because it won’t be possible to build your building without considering your needs.

Before you hire a contractor, visualize your dream metal building and list the reasons why you should get one. Your overall vision will affect the outcome and scale of your project.

Determine Your Budget for the Project

For a standard metal building, the average cost ranges from $10 to $25 per square foot. These ballpark estimates vary depending on the building’s size, design, and other customizations. Building owners can save a lot of money because steel is cheaper than concrete and other materials. It is also faster to erect, which means you can save on labor costs.

Before starting your project, know your budget ahead of time. You may consult with a metal building company to estimate the costs for materials and labor. Getting a quote will give you an idea of how much you will likely pay.

Don’t Make Hasty Decisions

Always take the time to make the right choice for your metal building. When you get a cheap quote, don’t buy the unit immediately. The cheapest metal building you find may be the ideal choice for you. Beware of steel structures with the lowest price. Sometimes, the most affordable option can be a trap. In the end, you might end up spending more on hidden costs or repairs.

When it comes to buying your metal barn or carport, there’s no need to rush. Make careful planning and research to get a high-quality building.

Check Local Zoning and Permit Requirements

Your local building department can provide you with a list of installation requirements. What are your local building codes? Where will your steel structure be located? Is the zone suitable for commercial or residential metal buildings? These are some zoning-related questions you need to answer. 

To comply with all local regulations, you need to submit the required permits and building plans. Failing to do so can significantly lead to project delays and costly fines. Building permits protect your safety and well-being, so don’t forget this step.

Conduct Site Preparation

The pre-construction phase is as important as the actual construction. A well-executed groundwork is key to a good metal building installation. First, all surrounding trees and stumps must be removed. The site should be leveled and graded by a professional. 

In some cases, the topsoil is excavated before the foundation work begins. The steel structure should rest on a firm foundation bed to ensure its integrity. Poor site preparation can delay construction or lead to other building woes.

Need help with site preparation? Texas Custom Metal Building of Midland is ready to work with you during the pre-construction phase.

Make In-Depth Research About Companies

Treat your metal building as a significant investment. We recommend that you purchase directly from the metal building manufacturer rather than a broker. It’s necessary to research different companies and shop around for quotes. Choose a reliable manufacturer that’s already established in the business. 

Moreover, you should look for reviews and testimonials to see others’ experiences. Consider checking into their Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating for any negative feedback.

When you’ve narrowed down your choices, ask them questions about their products and services. Asking questions will allow you to reach an informed decision. You may also request a free quote to see how competitive our prices are.

Work With Us Today!

Texas Custom Metal Building of Midland is a company you can trust when it comes to custom and prefab steel structures. Since we started our business, we’ve been designing and installing long-lasting steel structures for our clients. We’ve mastered how to build every unit—from carports to commercial buildings. Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns.