Steel Building FAQs
This is a great question. When it comes to prefab metal buildings, there are many variables that effect the price of a building. Variables, such as building location, size of the building, and building codes are a few major factors. Other contributing factors include trim types, accessories, insulation, etc.
When getting a price from a Metal Building Company, receiving a really low price is a red flag. Chances are the building is completely bare and is not what you had envisioned. Many companies do not include building trim, overhead doors, or the correct IBC code for insurance and/or permitting purposes. When metal buildings only come with framed openings, it is left to the customer to provide the overhead doors.
When comparing buildings apples to apples, Metal Building Distributors are all usually very close on Metal Building prices. The mark-up price is generally the only difference between two companies.
With that said, a safe ballpark budgeting price for a Metal Building only is between $8-$15 per square foot. Of course that depends on how many accessories are included, shipping distance, bldg. location, etc. The larger the building the less the price per sq. ft. For instance, a 1,200 s.f bldg. may be $10 per square foot while a 5,000 s.f bldg. may be $6.50 per s.f.
When shopping for a metal building, you have many options. It is recommended that you find a Metal Building Distributor that also erects the building. This ensures that the building suppliers follows through with all metal building promises.
In most cases, in the Houston and surrounding areas, building permits are required for construction. One of Berkeley Buildings services is to obtain construction permits for our customers. We have a network of civil engineers, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, and architects to completely design your project and obtain all applicable permitting.
Another great question. Metal Buildings are usually manufactured and delivered within 6-8 weeks. With that said, while the building is being manufactured, the excavation can be conducted and concrete slab can be poured. The longest part of the Metal Building process is the design and permitting stage. The time depends on the county/city governing authority approval process.
Pole barns are buildings with frames completely made of wood. Metal buildings are made using rigid frames. Surprisingly, the cost of pole barns is around the same as metal buildings due to the erection labor required to construct the wood barn; however, metal buildings are much easily and quickly assembled. With that said, steel structures are the better choice because of their durability, longevity, and warranty.
Absolutely! Berkeley Buildings provides all available accessories with each our buildings. We provide everything from overhead doors to cranes to mezzanines. Give us a call, we would love to assist you with your metal building project.