5 Ways To Evaluate Steel Building Quotes

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All Quotes Are Not The Same

If there was one article to read, it would be this one.

Properly discerning a quote is imperative to evaluating which company is truly presenting the best offer to you. Simply relying on information from commission salesmen is not wise. In the same token, all quotes and steel buildings are not the same.

Needless to say, if you have to pay for something additional after the initial purchase, then you may not have purchased the best offer initially. So take your time and meticulously review the features and specifications listed on your proposal. Though the majority of the steel building members are fabricated by similar means between companies, there are distinct quality differences between certified and non-certified companies. Not to mention what is considered a standard feature and what is an upcharge between sellers.

Here are some of the key items to focus on are…

1)    Compare the credentials of the fabrication facilities:

A steel building is initiating from an AISC (American Institute Of Steel Construction) certified plants or it is not. There are distinct differences between a certified and a non-certified plant. You may ask, “Doesn’t  it cost more to go with an AISC certified plant versus a non- certified plant?” The simple answer is ‘Yes’. However, more often than not, the cost savings from buying from an AISC plant in the long run is worth it.

AISC Certification confirms that fabrication facility has met a rigorous – as well as constantly evolving – set of industry standards regarding quality, efficiency, technology, administration, safety, training, and more.

This certification is not easy to get.  In order to qualify and maintain certification annually, companies have to not only invest in improving their manufacturing operation, they have to train their employees on AISC practices and procedures. These AISC high standards have many companies electing to skip getting certified entirely.

In a nutshell, if your building has been fabricated by an AISC certified facility, it has a much higher % chance of fabrication being done correctly and on time. You can easily spend double the construction time and cost on a structure that wasn’t correctly fabricated.

2)    Compare Sheeting profile:

“R” verses “PBR” Sheeting profile – A PBR profile has a larger overlap than R, thus, PBR is far less apt to leak.

3)    Warranty on Color and Galvalume Finishes:

Some companies offer 40-year color warranty finish and some have only 10 or 20 year color finish warranties. There are 25 year galvalume plus finish warranties as well as 20-year galvalume warranties for roof finishes.

4)    Framed Opening Trim

Some sellers offer simple trim packages that don’t fully cover the red iron door jambs and some sellers offer standard Fully Flashed Framed Opening kits that cover the unattractive exposure of the red iron framed members.

5)    Ground Snow load versus Roof Snow Load

This may be one of the most overlooked and confusing aspect of a bid. In order to accurately compare quotes, one needs to have both sellers design to the same codes.

Though there are factors such as mph wind, wind exposure, seismic and governing code name and year that are code factors to be compared – for the sake of time – we will focus on Ground Load and Roof Snow Load.

The ground snow load of a building is different than roof snow load: Ground load refers to the amount of snow on the ground and equates to approximately 30% more than the Roof Snow Load. For example, a 43 lb. ground load would be equal to a 30 lb. roof snow load; therefore, if one company offers a 20 lb. Ground Load and the other company offers a 20 lb. Roof Load, this roof load quote is 30% stronger.

A word of advice, direct the dialogue between you and the seller towards objective topics such as the 5 points written in this article. Whatever  responses you receive, make sure you have the seller put them in writing.

For those Requesting A Wholesale Quote, please fill out quote form. Also have the integrity to pay the profit % you selected within the time-line you selected OR email a competitor’s quote (black out competitor’s name) that reflects a lower price within this time-line. Factory Steel Overstock will honor its guaranteed saving terms. 

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Key Features Included

  • 40 Yr. Warranty on Colored Walls and Trim
  • Solid I-Beam Construction
  • Clear span design (no interior columns)
  • Lifetime Structural Warranty
  • Complete Trim Package for walls, roof and doors  (base angles and base closures in lieu of base trim)
  • Framed Openings Fully Flashed
  • 40 Yr. Warranty on Colored Roof or
    25 Yr. Warranty Galvalume  Plus Roof Finish
  • 26  or 24 sheeting -80,000 p.s.i. tensile strength
  • 1 1/4″ sheeting profile
  • Sheeting is Purlin bearing rib (PBR panels – larger overlap than R panels- All panels incorporate the purlin bearing profile)
  • Long life roof fasteners | All bolts, screws, closures, weather stripping, sealants, fasteners as required to erect structure (anchor bolts by others).
  • The pre-punched connecting clips for the structural members, including endwall columns, are welded in place and then primed during fabrication
  • All structural elements for the specified framed openings (jamb, girts and headers) are pre-cut and pre-punched and the necessary clips are welded on during fabrication
  • Anchor bolts and erection services by other. Manufacturer is an AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) certified plant as well as an MBMA (Metal Building Manufacturer Association) member.
 

FACTORY STEEL OVERSTOCK’S SPECIFICATIONS

Free (Initial) Certified Building Plans for ALL 50 states.

  • Letter of Certification
  • 2 sets of certified stamped erection plans
  • 2 sets of certified stamped anchor bolt plans

PRIMARY FRAMING

(Mainframes)

SOLID I-BEAM CONSTRUCTION

Material used is minimum 50,000 p.s.i. yield strength. (Some manufacturers use 35,000 p.s.i. yield strength material, which is not as strong). Frames are single bead, continuous submerged arc welded by automatic welding machines to help insure quality. A factory-applied rust inhibiting primer is used to help protect the mainframes and secondary material during the erection process.

ENDWALL FRAMES AND COLUMNS

are either cold formed, hot-rolled or built-up “I” sections depending on design requirements.

SECONDARY FRAMING

GIRTS (in sidewall) and PURLINS (in roof) are minimum 8” to meet design requirements. Cold rolled Z-section, 12 to 16 ga ASTM A-653, 55,000 p.s.i. yield material is used to provide maximum strength.

Bypass girt system overlaps at sidewall columns forming a continuous “span” for extra strength. All girt clips are factory welded for easier erection.

PURLINS are top-mounted on the rafter with a varied lap of 1’6” to 5’ for strength and cost savings in erection labor. Maximum purlin spacing is 5’ on center.

EAVE STRUT is a cold-formed C-section that is rolled for the appropriate roof pitch to help insure weather tightness at the eave.

RAKE ANGLE is a 2×4 angle supplied for the attachment of the sheeting at the rake of the building for ease of installation.

BASE ANGLE is a 2×4 angle supplied for the attachment of the base of the sheeting to the concrete. The base angle is to be attached to the concrete with ram-sets or equivalent anchors.

BRACING All diagonal galvanized cable bracing is supplied for roof and walls to remove longitudinal load from the structure. Galvanized cable is used rather than solid rod to prevent the bracing from “sagging” under its own weight and it is easier to install. All cables are pre-stressed and pre made for easier erection.

Angle Flange Bracing is provided for the connection of the rigid frame to the purlins and girts. This insures the allowable compressions are adequate for any combination of loading.

FRAMED OPENINGS have cold-formed C-section jambs and headers to help insure easy installation of overhead doors, etc.

SHEETING

24 or 26 gage 80,000 P.S.I. yield strength material standard. Some manufacturers use a lower yield strength material, which is less resistant to damage from hail or other impacts. 40 year warranty on premium color finish on walls and trim. Roof finish is galvalume or premium colored finish

ALL COIL STEEL has a minimum of G-90 class Galvalume substrate (1.25oz hot dipped) to help prevent deterioration of the steel sheeting.

DEEPER HIGH-RIB SHEETING (PBR) with more frequent corrugations provides extra strength.

FASTENERS

STRUCTURAL BOLTS meet requirements ASTM Standards.

A-325 for primary frame connections

A-307 for secondary framing

SELF-DRILLING AND SELF-TAPPING FASTENERS are pre-assembled with neoprene washers and metal caps to help insure weather tightness.

CLOSURES

CLOSED CELL NEOPRENE STRIPS are used to help seal building. Located at eave, gable, and optional at the base of building to help provide weather tightness. Pre-formed shapes to match panel configuration providing a tighter seal.

1-1/2” SHEETING NOTCH at base of concrete where panel site is designed into every building. Sheeting notch provides an air infiltration stop on blanket insulated building.

SEALANTS

SEALANT for roof sidelaps, endlaps and flashing at gable is provided to help insure weather tightness. Nominal 3/8” x 1/8” thick pressure sensitive tape sealant for ease of installation.

RIDGE CAP

LONG OVERLAP to help prevent water from siphoning into building.

TRIM AND FLASHING

All buildings are fully trimmed at rake (gable), corners, and eaves with standard trim material for a more finished look. This not only improves look of building, it is an additional deterrent to moisture, insects, and dirt from getting into the building.

PLANS AND DRAWINGS

ANCHOR BOLT setting plan, building reactions for foundation design, Erection Manual, and Engineer

Letter of Certification is provided shortly after receipt of deposit for building.

ERECTION DRAWINGS provide step by step instructions for case of assembly by dealer or customer.

ENGINEER CERTIFIED APPROVAL DRAWINGS including wall and roof framing diagrams, cross sections, sheeting, and flashing details are provided. These drawings clearly show the proper erection and assembly of all building components.

ALL PARTS ARE NUMBERED A part number is placed on each component (not including sheeting,screws, etc.). These part numbers coincide with a detailed listing contained in the bill of materials that come with your building. They same numbers are also used on the drawings for clarity and to help with assembly on the jobsite.

FOUNDATION PLANS  – WE HAVE: Certified Foundation Plans (additional cost) for the following states: WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, AZ, WY, UT, CO and NE.  

 

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