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17Mar 2019Metal Buildings

Checklist for a First-Time Metal Building Buyer


Buying a pre-engineered steel building for the first time can be exciting since you’re in a position where your business has grown, or you need additional space for your hobby. Yet, it can also be intimidating if you don’t have any experience designing your own or choosing a metal building for your needs. However, the assumption that buying your first metal building is difficult could not be further from the truth. Here at Coast to Coast Carports, we take you through the process step-by-step, from the first contact to beyond the final sale. We don’t believe that buying your first steel building should be a tedious task, it should be an enjoyable time. If you aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry, we’re going to break down the entire process so you have a guide for what you should expect and information you need to obtain.

Research Building Types

The first thing you need to know is how you plan to use your metal structure, knowing its use will give you a much clearer idea on what type of building you need. Dig deep and look into the different metal building types offered by manufacturers.

Find the Perfect Location

Finding the perfect site for your new structure is a crucial step to the planning process. You need to make sure the site you choose offers more space than you need in case of future expansions. BEFORE the day of installation, you also need to make sure your site is cleared of any debris and leveled.

Choose Your Dimensions

Be sure to understand what your space requirements are, this will determine the size structure you need. You should also think about long-term needs, they may change overtime and require more space than what you planned for.

What is your budget?

More often than not, the first thing a customer will ask about when it comes to spending their hard-earned money is the price of the product. The size and style of your structure, the manufacturer, added customizations, and your location will affect the final price of your new building.

Request a Quote

The best way to find a price that fits into your budget is to get quotes from a variety of providers and compare them. If you are given a quote that not only meets your budget but also makes you happy, go with it. The price of an outdoor metal building isn’t the only thing you should consider when buying, but it is something important to keep in mind.


Don’t look at the maintenance of your steel building as a chore, think of it as giving it a little TLC. Performing routine maintenance checks and washing the structure at least twice a year are two of the best ways to keep the unit in great condition. Remember, when washing the metal building you should use hot water, a phosphate-free laundry detergent, and a pressure washer. The best time to wash your facility is before and after the winter months and after harsh weather.

Choose the BEST Building Materials

While some building materials may be cheaper than others, they won’t last near as long. As the saying goes, €œYou get what you pay for.€ Along with steel, wood is another commonly-used material for construction and while it can be cheaper, it’s also susceptible to fires, critter infestations, and rot. Steel is not only fire-resistance but also long-lasting, cost-effective, and durable.

Who do you buy from?

Choosing a provider is another tricky decision, but with just a few questions, the stress can be eliminated.

  • What is the company’s BBB rating?
  • How long have they been in business and when were they established?
  • Are their sales staff professional and courteous or pushy and disrespectful?

Never be too afraid to ask questions, it’s the best way to obtain important information. No two businesses are alike, so you should have all the information before having to make a decision.

Why Coast to Coast Carports is the Dealer for YOU!

Here at Coast to Coast Carports, we care about our customers and the experience they have with us. It can be an overwhelming experience, buying your first metal structure with no knowledge of the product, but we’re here to help you with the entire process. No matter what your requirements or budget may be, we can assure you we have exactly what you need! If you’re ready to purchase your first metal structure, give us a call today at (866) 681-7846 to speak with one of our representatives.

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