Understanding when to prepare for your steel building can make your process run smoothly and efficiently. To understand when to begin planning, you have to know when you want to have your building installed by. We recommend to begin preparing for your metal building a few months prior to your ideal installation time. However, every situation is different. Therefore, check in with your contractor for more information on when you should begin preparing for your building. The following are a few questions you can ask yourself to understand when to begin preparing. By when do I need my building installation? Do I need any permits? Is my site ready for installation? Additional factors that affect your preparation include the season you are purchasing in and the weather conditions in your area.
When do you want your building installed by?
An important question to ask yourself is when you need your steel building installed by. For example, if you need your building installation within a month or two, you should begin preparing as soon as possible. However, if you need your installation within four or more months, you should begin preparing within a month or so. Keep in mind everything varies among townships/counties/cities. Some areas may require more preparation than others and some may have longer processing times than others. Therefore, check in with your local township or city for more information on your situation.
Do you need any permits-building or zoning?
One of the biggest factors that affect how soon you can get your building is the permit process. The permit process can include a zoning permit, a building permit, a land use permit, and others. However, the permits you require depend on your specific township or city and your metal building. For instance, some townships can process permits within a few weeks, whereas others can take up to a few months. Additionally, smaller, standard steel buildings may be processed sooner than larger, custom steel buildings due to custom engineer plans. Custom engineer plans are created by the engineer and can slow the process by up to a few weeks. Click here for additional info on permits.
Is your site ready for installation?
Your contractor will place your building on the installation schedule when your permits and site are ready for installation. Therefore, if your site is not ready for your new metal building it may delay your installation. To prepare your site, you must look into various different aspects. These aspects include the foundation, underground lines, overhead obstructions, etc. For more detailed information on how to know if your site is ready for installation, click here.
Factors to keep in mind:
Weather can positively or negatively affect your installation time frame. For example, installations take longer during the winter due to the harsh Midwest weather. However, installations are typically more efficient during the summer and spring due to the different working conditions. Weather conditions that can negatively affect installation times include fog, rain, sleet, hail, snow, high winds, and more.
One thing to always keep in mind is the season you are purchasing in. In the steel building industry, the busiest seasons yield longer lead times for installations. The seasons with the highest installation volume tend to be late spring through fall. However, this season varies among contractors. Lead times during this season also vary among contractors. Lead times for some contractors can be up to 6 weeks, while others may be up to 10 weeks or more. Therefore, make sure you check in with your contractor for more info on lead times in your area!