Are Steel Building Salesmen Truthful

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Are the majority of steel building salesmen and companies truthful?

At FSO, an expert with over 30 years of steel building experience speaks with authority when he states his view.  Though I can’t speak for the truthfulness, or lack thereof, of all salesmen or the companies they work for, I can say that some of the most popular steel building firms seem to be utilizing some questionable sales gimmicks.

Are Large Framed Openings Included?

This is the most common unethical gimmick presented by salesmen: They convince customers to buy steel buildings without primary large framed openings included in initial purchase. These salesmen persuade customers to address the issue after the sale with the company’s project coordinator. Naive customers proceed with purchase by signing purchase order and paying building deposits. Once they have made this commitment, the project coordinator can charge $800 to $1200 per framed opening because they have no recourse – they are contractually obligated. 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 on your own in the field jeopardizes the structural warranty.

Lead Me 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 and never received a price online, I realized it was a gimmick. These businesses were simply attempting to collect my personal information so that their commissioned salesmen could call me.

FSO hopes to attract customers who have the same moral fortitude that they want reciprocated.

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”?

Now I must admit in very rare circumstances a customer may become deceased before balances are paid or a customer’s financial situation otherwise abruptly changes after the building has been ordered.  But 99% of the “unclaimed building” or “clearance building” assertions are simply gimmicks. Individuals unaware that they are being deceived, 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.

Unclaimed Building Must Meet Your Local Building Codes

Keep in mind, even if you found a very rare legitimate unclaimed or clearance building, you shouldn’t purchase it without considering its code specifications. Every local building department has specific codes requirements that must be met.  You will have to show YOUR local building department certified stamped plans confirming that this building meets or exceeds these codes.

Furthermore, what are the odds that a company has an unclaimed building sitting around that just happens to meet your local codes and your desired size dimensions?!  The odds are a 100 to 1! Keep in mind, a completely fabricated building cannot be structurally modified after fabrication without expensive additional cost.

I am not saying that there are not a few legitimate discounted offers available; however, I find it odd that a majority of steel building sellers are saying the same presentations!  Henceforth, do a thorough check by analyzing the offer, compare the offer, researching the company’s credibility and get written assurances to include YOUR locally required codes before accepting the offer.

Are Your Bids & Contract Proposals Clear?

  • Are the quotes you received varying greatly in price?
  • Are these quotes difficult to understand?

All of the above leads a person to question the honesty of most steel building offers.  So a word of advice, take your sweet time! 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 most unclaimed or clearance building offers.  

Your quote should be clear, concisely itemized and honest – no room for hidden fees or a missed checkbox used for a later upsale.  You should know exactly what’s included in your total delivered steel building price as well as the building specifications and codes this order will be adhering to.

Yes, there are truthful steel building salesmen and companies; however, it is your responsibility to locate them.

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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  • 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
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  • 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.
 

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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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