Buying a Metal Building – FAQ
So you’re considering purchasing a metal building – excellent choice!
Steel-frame buildings are economical, durable structures suitable for any environment.
At CCR Buildings we understand that all the options may make the process seem a bit overwhelming, so we’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions to make your buying and building process as seamless as possible.
Q: Are you a metal building manufacturer or dealer?
CCR Buildings is an authorized dealer of Eagle Carports products. Eagle Carports, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of metal buildings throughout the United States, manufacturing all types of steel building structures, including metal barns, carports, garages, workshops, agriculture and utility buildings for residential and commercial use. Eagle Carports, Inc. does not sell directly to customers.
Q: Can I get a discount on the price of my metal building by ordering from the manufacturer?
No. Our manufacturers do not sell direct. We work hand in hand with our manufacturers to ensure each order is fulfilled to the customer’s satisfaction and pass along any manufacturer discounts to our customers.
Q: What materials are used in the construction of a metal building?
Your structure is protected by high-quality, American-made 29-gauge galvanized steel siding. Unlike regular steel, which is made primarily with iron and is susceptible to rust, galvanized steel is coated in zinc, which acts as a physical barrier and prevents deterioration.
There are two gauge options available for the framework, 14-gauge and 12-gauge. The 14-gauge (measuring from 0.068 to 0.074 inches) is the standard, more economical option. However, the 12-gauge steel frame is stronger because it is a thicker gauge (measuring in a range from 0.095 to 0.1046 inches). This allows the 12-gauge to withstand higher wind speeds and more rigid weather conditions, as compared to the 14-gauge. For regions that often experience inclement weather conditions, a 12-gauge structure is strongly recommended. You can learn more about standard gauge sizes by reviewing the sheet metal gauge size chart.
Both gauge options are backed by a 20-year limited rust warranty on the roofing material.
Q: Can you design a custom metal building?
Q: What is the difference between the boxed eave and vertical roof styles?
At first glance, the boxed eave and vertical roof styles appear to be the same. They both have an A-frame style structure, however, the roof panels on the boxed eave style run horizontally whereas the panels on the vertical style run vertically. The vertical panels running up and down allow for rain and debris to run off more quickly and easily to prevent puddling. While the boxed eave style is the more economical option, it is recommended that buildings more than 31 feet in length be upgraded to a vertical roof style to avoid potential leaks at the seams.
Q: What do I need to do to prepare for building installation?
Here is a brief checklist you can use to guide you in preparing for your building installation:
- Mark utility lines running underneath the planned installation site. Call 811 and a professional utility locator will come out and mark the location of any water, gas, and/or electric lines free of charge. Make sure to call at least a few days before your scheduled installation.
- Prepare/level the lot. Sites should not be more than three inches off level.
- There are certain specifications as to the length and width required for installing a metal building on a concrete pad. Make sure you go over these with your building representative to ensure the pad is the appropriate size for your structure.
- Ensure that the installation site is cleared of any obstacles, such as vehicles, vegetation, or debris.
- Depending on the state, city, or county you reside in, a building permit may be required. Contact your local authorities or county clerk to get information about building requirements in your area.
Adequate site preparation is crucial to ensuring the installation goes smoothly. Failure to prepare your site may result in additional labor charges or even a return trip fee.
Q: What is the exact frame size of my carport/garage?
The exact dimensions of the frame from the bottom outside frame rail to the opposite outside frame rail are as follows:
If the carport is 12’ wide x 21’ long, the frame will be 12’ outside to outside of the frame, and the length will be 20’ end to end. The extra foot length comes from the standard 6” of roof overhang on each end of the structure.
Q: When can I expect my building to be delivered?
The time between order placement and installation averages 2-4 weeks. In many states (weather permitting), construction is completed within 5-10 business days after the order is placed. Some areas in the north/northeast part of the United States, such as Chicago and New York, and remote areas may require 6-8 weeks for delivery. Once you finalize your order, a service representative will contact you to schedule a delivery time that works best for you.
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