Before You Build

Planning a Project?

Ensure a smooth process by considering essential factors. From permits and site preparation to design and budgeting, our experts provide guidance every step of the way. Our goal is to help you maximize efficiency and avoid common pitfalls. Contact us for expert advice and assistance in making informed decisions before you start constructing your dream metal building.
The First Step

Check with Your LocalBuilding Department

Before starting any metal building project, it’s crucial to consult with your local building department. They may have specific regulations and requirements that must be followed. Check for permits needed, zoning restrictions, setback requirements, and any special considerations. It’s also important to ensure compliance with building codes, fire safety regulations, and accessibility standards. Additionally, you may also want to inquire about inspections and approval processes. Consulting with the building department early on saves time, money, and potential headaches later. Our experienced team can help you navigate these requirements smoothly. Contact us for expert guidance on working with your local building department and ensuring a successful project.
Basic Details

Things To Consider

When considering a metal building supply and erection contractor for your project, it’s crucial to compile a list of important questions to ensure you make an informed decision. Start by asking about the company’s experience and track record in the industry. You can also inquire about their licensing, insurance, and certifications to ensure they meet the necessary requirements.

Next, find out if they offer both supply and erection services or if they focus solely on erection. Additionally, ask about their expertise in specialized areas like cold storage and insulated panels if your project requires them. Lastly, request references or examples of past projects to gauge the quality of their work. By asking these important questions, you can confidently choose a contractor that meets your specific needs.

Materials for Construction


Asking about the type and quality of sheeting materials used by the contractor is crucial to ensuring the durability and longevity of your metal building. The quality of the sheeting can impact the overall strength, weather resistance, and aesthetic appeal of the structure. Knowing the specifics of the sheeting will help you make an informed decision and ensure your building meets your expectations.

See Example Questions

  • What gauge of sheeting are you buying (24 gauge, 26 gauge, 29 gauge is thinner than 26 gauge)?
  • What finish does the sheeting have (kynar paint, galvalume, silicone polyester paint)?
  • What is the warranty on the finish?
  • What type of roof are you getting (screw-down or standing seam)?
  • What type of wall sheeting are you getting (R panel, PBR, or PBA)?
  • What is the trim package (base trim, trimmed frame openings, trim color options)?
  • If you have sprinklers, are there collateral/dead loads added to your building to accommodate them?

Walk Doors

Walk doors are essential access points in any metal building, and it’s important to ask the contractor about the options available. Inquire about the quality, security features, and customization possibilities for walk doors. Understanding the range of choices and their associated costs will help you select the right doors that meet your functional and aesthetic requirements.

See Example Questions

  • What kind of doors (glass, solid metal, metal with a window) are you looking for?
  • Are you getting the glass?
  • What kind of lockset are you looking for?
  • Do you need panic hardware or closures?
  • Looking for Walk door framed openings without the door?
Kerns Barn walk through doors
Community windows


When discussing windows with a contractor, inquire about the available options, such as size, style, and energy efficiency. Understanding the quality and functionality of the windows will help you optimize natural light, ventilation, and energy efficiency in your metal building. It’s essential to choose windows that align with your aesthetic preferences and meet your specific functional needs.

See Example Questions

  • What kind of windows (insulated, screens, horizontal slider, vertical slider)?
  • Are window-framed openings without windows available?

Overhead Doors

Asking about overhead doors is crucial for determining the accessibility and functionality of your metal building. Inquire about the various types of overhead doors available, such as roll-up, sectional, or high-speed doors, and their compatibility with your building’s design and purpose. Understanding the door’s size, insulation, security features, and maintenance requirements will aid you in making the right choice.

See Example Questions

  • What kind of doors (canister, sectional, sliding, insulated, non-insulated, motor lift, chain lift, windows, no window, what color)?
  • Door framed openings without the door?
overhead doors


Proper ventilation is vital for maintaining a comfortable and healthy environment inside your metal building. Ask the contractor about the different ventilation options they offer, including ridge vents, louvers, or exhaust fans. Inquire about their effectiveness in regulating temperature, humidity, and air quality within the building. Adequate ventilation will contribute to the longevity and functionality of your structure.

See Example Questions

  • What kind of vents (louvers, ridge vents, with damper, without a damper, with screens, without screens, what color)?
  • Is a vent-framed opening available without a vent?


Inquiring about insulation is crucial for optimizing energy efficiency and comfort in your metal building. Ask the contractor about the insulation materials and installation methods they use, as well as the insulation’s R-value and compliance with building codes. Understanding the insulation options will help you create an energy-efficient and climate-controlled space while reducing heating and cooling costs.

See Example Questions

  • What kind of insulation (what R-value, what thickness, what facing)?
  • How many gutters and downspouts?
  • Who is responsible for the foundation’s design?
  • Is this an erected price?
  • Is freight included?
  • Is sales tax included?
Metal Building insulation


Keep in mind that if purchasing a “kit”, is only one part of the overall cost.

  • Excavation and Concrete Foundation
  • Additional Doors
  • Permits
  • Soils Testing
  • Insulation Requirements
  • Delivery
  • Erection
  • Taxes


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