Are Steel Building Salesmen Truthful

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Are the majority of steel building salesmen and companies truthful?

Though I can’t speak for the truthfulness, or lack thereof, of all salesmen or the companies they work for, I can say that many steel building outlets are presenting some questionable sales gimmicks. Ultimately what is most important is PRICE, QUALITY and SERVICE. However, when a seller can’t validate his company’s advantages, they resort to sales gimmicks. Below are a few common gimmicks:

Building Codes Not Clearly Displayed or Discussed

A common way commission salesmen take advantage of shoppers is using the term “GROUND SNOW LOAD” in lieu of “ROOF SNOW LOAD” on the contract. Most consumers don’t know the differences between these terms, not to mention – that structurally ground snow load measures 30% less structurally than roof load. Example, a 43 lb. Ground Load only equates to a 30 lb. roof load. Since all sellers know the difference between these concepts, I believe any seller not clearly listing the “roof snow load” is being deceptive. In like manner, the buildings wind “exposure” can be also deceptively utilize. Read more about Codes.

Accessories or Large Framed Openings Not Included In Quotes

Many of our competitors have “confusing to read” contacts; therefore forcing the public to rely more on the thoroughness and truthfulness of the commission salesman. Quite often, shoppers don’t know whether all their requested accessories as well as pertinent building information is accurate. Actually, some commission salesmen purposely sell steel buildings without accessories or large framed openings in the initial sale. These salesmen persuade customers to address the issue after the “initial” sale. Then these companies have their commission based project coordinator call after the sale and “up charge” these items at high retail rates. For instance, I personally know of a customer that was charge $800 to $1200 per added -and need – framed openings. Needless to say, the customer had little recourse because they had already paid and signed a contract. If the customer refuses to pay these ridiculously high rates, then they get a building without essential openings. By the way, cutting girts for large openings in the field jeopardizes the structural warranty.

Holding or Storing A Building At No Charge

All steel building fabricators will charge storage fees if a building is not shipped on its assigned delivery date. There are countless “painful” stories of customers who realizes this fact to late. Commission salesmen are notorious for misleading the public into believing they can buy a building and have it shipped whenever they like without additional cost. This simply is not the case! Most certified fabricators ship their buildings between 8 to 10 weeks from order. As a matter of fact, I strongly recommend, get all promises in writing!!

Lead You On

Recently I noticed that some steel building websites were stating that you can price your desired building online; yet when I attempted to use their online pricing programs, I never saw a price appear. Needless to say, these businesses were simply attempting to collect my personal information so that their commissioned salesmen could call me.

False Sales Advertising

Have you noticed advertisements stating…  

“Unclaimed building!”  “70% off sale!” “Clearance building!” or  “BLOWOUT SALE?”

…followed up with a salesman telling you, “You must overnight or wire transfer building funds to get the SPECIAL deal”?

It is a very rare circumstances when a steel building is unclaimed; yet this assertion is the most common gimmick presented in the industry. I would guess that the majority of traditional steel building outlets use this gimmick. Why? Because most people buying a steel building have never bought a structure before and they want to believe that the assertion is true! Individuals unaware that they are being deceived are pressured to make an immediate payment instead of objectively verifying the credibility of the offer.  Needless to say, the consumers that accept these assertions as true, undoubtedly end up paying the full retail price.

More About Unclaimed Buildings

Please remember, 99% of unclaimed building offers are gimmicks! Even if you found a very rare legitimate unclaimed or clearance building, you shouldn’t purchase it without considering its snow load and wind speed standards. Most local building department have specific building codes requirements that must be met. Moreover, you will have to show YOUR local building department the certified plans.

Furthermore, what are the odds that an unclaimed building just happens to meet your “specific” local codes?  The odds are a 50 to 1! Yet countless shoppers fall for this gimmick daily. Keep in mind, a completely fabricated building cannot be structurally modified after fabrication without expensive additional cost. So if a salesmen says “I can have this unclaimed building adjusted to your codes” or “I can design additional openings,” he or she is lying!

I am not saying that you shouldn’t considered these offers; however, I find it odd that a majority of steel building sellers are saying the same gimmick!  Henceforth, do a thorough check by comparing multiple offer and researching the company’s credibility.

A steel building quote should be clear, itemized and “transparent. There should be “NO HIDDEN” fees! Over 90% of people buying steel buildings have not purchase a building before. A salesmen shouldn’t attempt to take advantage of this fact; however, it happens every day! Every shopper should know exactly what’s items are included as well as what “should” be included in their contract.

All of the above leads a person to question the honesty of most steel building offers.  So a word of advice, “don’t rush into a purchase!” If the offer is genuine, then it will become self – evident and will be available when you are ready to buy.   If someone says you need to buy now, then pass on their offer! I can assure you, if you complete your homework, you will locate an honest seller willing to sell you a new building lower than the unclaimed or clearance building offers.  

Yes, there are truthful steel building salesmen and companies; however, it is your responsibility to validate the offers.

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  • Framed Openings Fully Flashed
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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.

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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.

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