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Can You DIY? Here’s When It’s Time to Hire A Contractor.

What brought you to the idea of using a prefabricated metal building kit? Was it the shortened construction timeline? The long-term cost savings? The incredible design flexibility? Or was it the super glamorous bolt together technology? It may not be what first comes to mind when you think of prefabricated metal buildings, but the bolt-together components of our steel structures are a big deal. It’s the glue (or really, the bolts) that hold it all together. Without bolt together technology, there would be no benefit in prefabrication, no shortened construction timeline, and no reason to do it yourself.

When is it okay to go DIY, and when should you hire a contractor?

Prefabricated metal buildings are designed to be put together with simple DIY methods that anyone with a basic understanding of steel construction can do. But if you’re questioning whether you may need the help of a professional to assemble your steel building kit, you’re going to want to weigh the pros and cons. After all, getting the building erection right the first time is going to be a huge determining factor in the lifespan of your building. A properly installed steel building should be able to withstand hurricane-force winds, earthquakes, and heavy snowfall. So, when is it okay to go DIY, and when should you hire a contractor?

Do It Yourself Steel Building Construction

Depending on the level of customization you need for your steel building kit, the off-site design and manufacturing project will likely take a minimum of six weeks to deliver. If you opt to do the construction process yourself, you’ll be spending that time doing site work to get ready for your components to arrive. And once they’re there, things will start to move pretty quickly. If you come from a commercial background or have a handy group of friends or employees readily available, prefabricated metal building erection will only take a few weeks. That’s weeks, if not months, shorter than the construction timeline for any competitive building materials.

If you have the know-how and the muscles to get it done without enlisting in the help of a metal building construction professional, it comes with benefits. Acting as your contractor will give you full control over the project. And as things start to come together, you may get new ideas about customizations and interior layout. You’ll have all the say in what the interior and exterior of the building looks like from start to finish. Combine that with lowered labor costs, and you’ve got yourself quite the deal.

Hire A Contractor for Steel Buildings

Sometimes, hiring a general contractor is just worth the extra cost. Simple mistakes during the construction process can cost a great deal of money, especially when you start dealing with interior infrastructure. It pays to find a professional with all the right credentials, references, and experience. If you don’t have the experience necessary to assemble your prefabricated metal building yourself, or if you’d feel more comfortable putting all of that liability in the hands of a professional, this detailed article [] is a great place to start looking. But for now, here are some important tips for finding the right steel building contractor.

  1. Check first for licensure and background checks. These are your base level credentials for any general contractor.
  2. Decide on some resume minimums. For example, we recommend three to five years of experience in the business and an excellent portfolio of work for any contractor. Keep an eye out for any signs that the company has been sold in the recent past. A change in ownership could translate to a difference in the quality of service.
  3. Choose local whenever possible. A local contractor will be more familiar with local permits and regulations to keep the construction process running smoothly.

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