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More Ways to Save Money on a Metal Building

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January 30, 2018

8 Tips for Reducing Your Costs on a Prefab Steel Building

In addition to the cost-cutting ideas in Part One and Part Two of this series, here are more tips on how to save money on a metal building.

For the Budget-Minded Building Buyer

Unless you are a professional builder or real estate developer, this may be the only steel building you will ever need.  Make it count.

Although you want to keep costs at a minimum, it never pays to settle for a cut-rate building to save a few dollars.  In the end, you will definitely regret buying a cheaply made metal structure.  Invest in a quality pre-engineered steel building kit.

Remember, not only does a well-made metal building provide decades of useful service, it also enhances the resale value of your property.

However, even with a top-of-the-line product from a reputable vendor there are ways to save money on a metal building purchase.

1. Do Your Homework

Know exactly what you want before you place your steel building order.

How much space do you really need?  Buying more building than you actually need drives your construction costs up.

Making changes after the order is in the works wastes time and money.  Change orders are not only expensive, but also delay your project.  Keeping unnecessary modifications to a minimum saves money, time, and great aggravation.

2. Choose Options Wisely

There are many wonderful options available to customize and accessorize your prefabricated metal building order.  RHINO Steel Building Systems, for example, offers a full array of steel building options and upgrades, including:

  • Gutter and downspout systems
  • Insulation packages
  • Interior wall panels
  • Mezzanine second floor systems
  • Overhangs, eave extensions, and canopy configurations
  • Overhead doors, windows, and entry doors in various sizes and designs
  • Pipe flashing boots
  • Roof and wall ventilators
  • Skylights and wall lights
  • Standing seam, architectural, and cool-coated roofing panels
  • Wainscoting

RHINO’s steel building specialists can discuss the available options item by item.  They can help you determine which options your project needs— and which ones it does not.  The final decision is always yours when it comes to our low cost construction choices.

3. Plan Now for Later Expansion

If you are building a commercial or industrial structure, consider the projected growth of your business before you build.

Pre-engineered steel buildings are simple and easy to expand— if you plan for expansion in advance.  Placing the building on the lot so that there’s plenty of room for later expansion is one consideration.  Steel building end walls must be engineered now for later expansion.

If you are building a structure for personal use and trying to keep costs to a minimum, consider a taller structure.  A soaring ceiling allows you the option of ordering a mezzanine floor system later, converting your building into a two-story structure and doubling your space.  (Be sure your foundation contractor knows of the possibility of a future second floor, so your foundation is planned accordingly.)

4. Keep the Lines of Communication Clear

Local building officials, an architect, an excavator, a foundation contractor, framing erectors, a general contractor, and your steel building provider all need to be coordinated.  You are the one responsible for making sure all these entities are kept abreast of local building codes, plan changes, and scheduling.

5. Check the Bill of Lading Carefully

Don’t be so excited about beginning construction that you fail to accurately inventory the steel building kit when it arrives.  Check all the pieces against the Bill of Lading provided by the manufacturer.  Be sure that all framing parts are present and undamaged before starting the framing erection.

6. Do You Have the Right Tools and Equipment?

Erecting a steel building kit requires specific tools and special handling equipment.  Make sure you have the right equipment for the job.

Renting a lift or crane that is too large or too small for your building wastes time and money.  Scheduling rental equipment too soon or too late also takes a bite out of a building budget.

Again, your steel building source should provide you with a list of materials and advise you on what heavy equipment would work best for your specific project.

7. Do You Have an Adequate Crew?

If you are using a professional erection crew, they are responsible for providing the right sized crew for the job.  However, if you plan to erect the building yourself, you’ll want to have sufficient help to do the job safely and efficiently.

Typically, a three-person crew erects a 40-foot x 60-foot RHINO steel building in about five days.  A 60-foot by 100-foot structure usually takes a four-person crew about seven days to complete.
Ask your steel framing kit provider for suggested guidelines on how much help you will need to construct your specific building.

8. Creating a Safe Job Site

Avoiding injuries on the job site is of paramount concern.  Not only do you want to see no one hurt, jobsite injuries can wind up being costly.

In providing equipment, do not overlook the importance of proper safety gear and equipment.  Supply gloves, boots, hardhats, goggles, and masks for your do-it-yourself crew.  (Professional framing erectors and contractors should have their own gear.)

Be cautious of weather-related dangers like high winds and lightning.  Provide first aid kits on the job site.  Take note of any electrical wires at the site.  Supply emergency numbers, and directions to the nearest emergency medical center.

Also, be sure you and your workers are ever vigilant.

Save Money on a Metal Building with RHINO

Cost-conscious builders know pre-engineered steel building systems save money.  Designed for an efficient use of materials, metal building kits eliminate waste, so you are not paying for something you will not use.

Prefabrication also cuts construction costs.  RHINO customers find our low cost construction system trims erection time by about 33% over other traditional building alternatives.

You’ll get the most for your construction dollar when you buy a RHINO steel building.  Call RHINO now at 888.320.7466 and learn more.

Ask about our new HyperBuiltTM Series Series, designed specifically for the do-it-yourselfer.

- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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