Prefabricated metal buildings are a great construction solution for many types of building projects. They offer numerous advantages for those who need to put up a variety of types of building structures on their property.
If you have decided on a prefabricated metal building for your construction project, there are some important decisions you'll need to make. The following are seven of the most important decisions when you choose a prefabricated metal building solution.
The budget for your building project
One of the first decisions you'll want to make is how much the budget will be for your project.
A big advantage of prefabricated metal construction is that these buildings often offer cost savings over more conventional methods of building construction. However, costs for putting up these buildings can still vary widely depending on details like the building size.
On average, you can expect to pay around $18.35 per square foot for a prefabricated steel building. Discuss costs with your contractor to come up with an appropriate budget for your project.
The function of the prefabricated metal building you're constructing
The function you'll be using your prefabricated metal building for will help you make further decisions on issues like dimensions and location.
What will you be doing inside your prefabricated building? Will you want to use the building for multiple functions? If so, make a list of all the functions you'll need the building to serve so that you can plan the design around these functions.
The dimensions of your building
Prefabricated metal buildings vary widely in terms of size. You need to have a good idea of what dimensions you want your building to be.
In addition to considering the function of the building, you'll also want to consider all the equipment and materials you'll want to keep stored within the building when deciding on dimensions.
The contractor that will put up your building for you
You need to find an experienced contractor to erect your prefabricated metal building. It's best to find a contractor with experience putting up buildings similar to the one you're envisioning.
It's helpful to get quotes on the project from numerous contractors so that you can choose the most cost-effective option.
The location where your prefabricated metal building will be erected
Location is another consideration. If you haven't already bought a lot on which the building will be constructed, you need to decide on lot location.
If you already have a lot, you still need to decide how you want to position and orient your building on the lot in question.
The accessories you want your prefabricated metal building to include
Not all prefabricated buildings are exactly the same. There are a lot of unique features that these buildings can offer. You need to decide if you want your prefabricated metal building to include features such as awnings, windows, protective coatings, gutters, and more.
The timeline for completing the building project
When do you need your prefabricated building to be completed? Another big advantage of prefabricated metal construction is that it tends to be faster than conventional construction.
Nevertheless, it can still take a few days at the very least to put up your building. Also, your contractor may have a busy schedule and not be able to start work on your project for some time.
You need to discuss your envisioned timeline with your contractor so that you know in advance when you can expect your project to be completed.