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The best way is to call us. Help us understand exactly what you are doing and want and we can offer suggestions to achieve you goals with the least amount of expense.
There are many ways of reducing costs that other suppliers will use. The fact is, when comparing quotes from suppliers, your eye goes immediately to the bottom line cost, and assuming all steel buildings are alike, and the quality will be the same. Nothing can be further from the truth.
Here are just a few things you should look out for that can all lower the cost of your building.
Codes and Loads have been manipulated such as use of load reduction, ground snow load when roof snow load is required, wrong exposure for your area and finally just the wrong governing code for wind speed. If you signed the contract, now this is yours and so is the permitting problem.
Using imported steel. Your building may be manufactured in the U.S. but your steel could be coming from China, Mexico or Argentina. The tensile strengths are not the same and you are getting an inferior product.
A very popular method of lowering cost is to substitute material, mainly sheeting gauge. I have seen some suppliers using 28 or 29 gauge external sheeting. This is too light for external use and not recommended by Industry standards.
Not supplying pre welded clips. Clips will arrive loose in a box and now it is up to you to drill and mount them in place. The last customer I heard that complained this happened to them by another supplier, saved $600.00 on the building cost but his erector charged him over $3,200.00 to install them.
Sharing your delivery with another building to reduce freight cost. This is a very bad idea that will come back to haunt you. The way a building is loaded onto a truck is first all flat sheeting on the bottom, next is the bundled material (girts, purlins, angle), pieces that stack well together then the columns and rafters the largest pieces of your building.
Finally the trim is place on the top, this material can be very susceptible to damage.
The first stop will need to unload the entire truck to access the sheeting at the bottom. They must separate their material from yours and then restack the truck. This is very time consuming and adds additional cost for your erector. Now your delivery arrives, you may be missing pieces that the first delivery took by mistake, you might have damage to material during the reloading. You will find out you are on your own, the supplier is not going to replace or supply anything damaged or missing, this will end up to be between you and the first delivery to settle.