How long should I expect my steel building installation to last?


How long should I expect my steel building installation to last?


Short Answer: There are a lot of factors that can affect how long your installation will last. However, there is essentially a rule of thumb stating for every thousandth dollar of the order, there is an additional 1 hours’ worth of work.


There are a lot of factors that are considered when determining how long an installation may last. Some of these factors can be determined prior to your installation, whereas other factors may be determined when the installation crew arrives to your location. In this post we will touch base on the general factors, but you can always check out our blog on Which factors may negatively affect my steel building installation? for a more detailed explanation of what can affect your installation and how to make sure everything runs smoothly.

A general rule of thumb for your installation time states that for every thousandth dollar of your order, there is an additional 1 hours’ worth of work. So, for example, if your building costs around $6 thousand, your installation will last approximately 6-7 hours.

However, there are a number of factors that can affect how long your specific installation may take. For example, one of these factors includes whether your site is level (within 3”) or if it is off level and needs to be adjusted. If the site is off level, the installer may need to do site work prior to beginning installation and the duration may vary depending on the original state of the site. Other factors that can affect the length of your building’s installation may include whether there are overhead lines, if the building has various custom accessories, if the building has add-on packages, if there are any obstructions on or near the site, and the current weather conditions. All of these factors and many others can lengthen the time it takes for the installation crew to complete your building.

If you’re planning around your installation date and think there may be factors that can increase your installation time, ask your contractor for more info and an estimate on how long your building’s installation may take. For further detail on how certain factors can negatively impact your installation, stay tuned for our next blog, Which factors may negatively affect my steel building installation?

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Standard Roof

Standard or known as “Regular” roof style have rounded corners. The regular roof has no trim on your eaves, ridge cap, nor purlins (hat channel) making it cost effective option. Standard roofs are best used in areas that experience fair weather year round.


A-Frame Horizontal Roof

A-Frame Horizontal roofs give your structure a residential look. The sheet panels run from side to side and does not have purlins or ridge cap. The increase in price to upgrade to A-Frame Horizontal is the additional welding needed on your trusses (bows). An excellent option to keep your residential look for residential areas for a minimum upgrade costs.


A-Frame Vertical Roof

Known as the best choice for areas that experience extreme weather conditions, the vertical roof style is hands down the best choice for Michigan weather. The roof panels run from the pitch to the eaves causing heavy snows, rain, and natural elements to slide off the roof easily. In order to tie down the panels to the structure, we must add purlins or hat channels lengthwise making the structure more rigid. The finished look with special trim all around the roof and ridge cap makes this roof style the best option.