We've all seen those splashy ads for Discounted Steel Building Kits. You may get flyers in the mail. Or see them in the newspaper. These ads can be very enticing.
Everyone likes sales and discounts. None of us wants to pay more for a product than they have to. Does the phrase 'Buyer Beware' jump out at you when you see these ads?
Please do not get me wrong. You can find legitimate deals on steel buildings and building kits out there. You will need to get through the advertising hype and do a thorough analysis of the product and the pricing.
Potential Pitfalls of Discount Steel Buildings
The discounted building may not be the best deal available. You must compare prices and ensure that the building you purchase is exactly right for you.
Discount steel buildings are often engineered for the minimal loads – ie snow, wind, rain, seismic. You must ensure that the building you purchase is engineered for your site's conditions and codes.
These discounted buildings are most often of a simple box design – either square or rectangular. This may not be a problem if that is what you are looking for.
When the steel building manufacturers advertises discounted buildings there is often limited or no color options.
If you require additional loads on the building – overhead cranes, hoists, rooftop HVAC units, suspended piping etc. you will need to have a building engineered for this. Discount buildings do not usually allow any extra loading as their design is optimized.
There are often a few -if any – accessories included with discounted steel buildings. Accessories that can be included in steel building packages (at an additional cost) can include man doors, overhead doors, large sliding doors, windows, roof windows or skylights, overhangs, building insets, roof ventilators, mezzanines … the list is almost endless.
Once you engage in conversation with a sales-person pushing discounted buildings, there can be a lot of advertising hype and high-pressure sales pitches. You know the ones; We have two on our shelf; We just had an order canceled; We had twenty to sell and are down to our last one. DO NOT BE PRESSURED! Make sure that the steel building you want and require is the steel building that you will receive – and at the best price. (Not all sales-people sell this way, but just beware that it can and does happen.
Please do not get me wrong with this very negative article. I have been in the metal building business for many years and can tell you first hand that there are legitimate deals out there for outstanding steel buildings. You just need to do your homework.