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Steel Building Quote Comparison Checklist

ervice and integrity together with advanced 21st-

Century technology to give you the best available in pre-engineered steel buildings.

If you're thinking of buying a steel building, you should have a lot of questions about the products you are considering and the companies that sell them. To help you make informed choices, we've compiled a quick and very, very brief checklist for you to take a look at.

While very few companies can match our prices on comparable steel buildings, there are in fact a few who purport to do so. This handy form will help you determine if you're comparing apples with apples.

Production Capacity

Do you know who you're doing business with? Does your prospective supplier have facilities for facing column ends at splices, machining base plates, sand or shot blasting, turning shafts, boring large diameter holes, rolling plates and forging special shapes. 

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Remember smaller fabricators are often only capable of carrying out the most basic operations of cutting, drilling and welding, and consequently are sometimes inclined to take short-cuts.

Purely for your information, the four main requirements for efficient steelwork production are:

  1. processing machines (preferably computer numeric-controlled) for the type of work being handled

  2. a suitable shop layout that will allow the smooth and orderly progress of work through the fabrication processes

  3. adequate handling facilities, such as overhead and jib cranes, roller tables and conveyors, and

  4. modern automatic and semi-automatic welding equipment.

Workshop Size

Does your prospective supplier have adequate workshop facilities?

An important consideration in planning the flow of work through the shop is to avoid delays in the progression of work. 

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Any hold-up in production, whether because of unusual fabrication processes, awkward shapes or sizes, or the need to correct errors, wastes time and money since other work is being delayed. It is therefore necessary to minimise impediments as far as possible, and this simply cannot be achieved in a small cramped little workshop.

Furthermore, because of cost implications, fabricators generally prefer welding to bolting for the attachment of fittings in the shop. This requires the positions of fittings on each of the main members to be marked, but even if this is done with care there is the possibility of errors since each marking operation is a once-off activity, except when jigs are used. Larger fabricators with programmed drilling or punching equipment might prefer bolting, particularly for standard connections. Because the repetitive nature of the drilling or punching operation the likelihood of errors is reduced.

Design: High-quality Drawings

Will you receive a comprehensive set of plans that can be submitted to your local authorities? Are the cost of these plans and those of an engineer's certificate included in your price?

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You should bear in mind that it is a legal requirement that a designer, whether employed directly by you, the steel building manufacturer or a building contractor, is a registered professional engineer or registered technologist, or that his work be done under the supervision of a registered engineer or technologist. It is also mandatory that the design complies with the National Building Regulations (Ref. 2), which in turn refers to SABS 0400: Code of Practice for the Application of the National Building Regulations (Ref. 3) for the 'deemed to satisfy' aspects of the design. One of these requirements is that the structural steelwork must comply with SABS 0162: Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel (Ref. 4).

See also South African Steel & Steel Building Fundamentals: The Basic Fundamentals of Steel Buildings.

Columns 

One particularly important factor worth mentioning on its own is that the end of the column shaft has to be flat to ensure uniform transfer of the force to the base plate. This requires machining and cannot be achieved without the proper tooling (see above).

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Bolts and Bolting

The most commonly used bolts in steel building erection are the Grade 4.8 ordinary bolt to SABS 135, the Grade 8.8 high-strength precision bolt to SABS 136 and the Grade 8.8S high-strength friction-grip (HSFG) bolt to SABS 1282.

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The bolt generally used because of its low cost and easy installation is the Grade 4.8 ordinary bolt. It is used in holes punched or drilled 2 mm larger than the nominal bolt diameter. This hole clearance allows easy assembly of the connected parts, but does result in a small amount of slip taking place when a force in the plane of the connection is applied. The force is then also transmitted in bearing between the bolt and the side of the hole.

For this and many other reasons, Steel Building Projects manufacture their own bolts to exact required specifications.

It is of general interest that as a rough guide, an allowance for bolts of between 2,5 per cent to 5 per cent of the steel mass would be realistic.

Single Order Delivery & Shipping

Will your order ride on the truck by itself so that you don't have to worry about unloading and reloading someone else's building to get to your own?

This happens most often when the transport is contracted out.

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Customer Service

Does your supplier have a creed similar to ours?

"The ideal of service is the basis of all worthy enterprise" to ensure you receive help with matters like product information, shipping, and technical support.

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Come-Ons

  • Does a prospective supplier spend as much time bad-mouthing other companies as they do describing their own? 

  • Do you have to show them other quotes before they offer their "best" price? 

  • Do they claim to be matching or beating a quote without specifying exactly the same items in the contract? 

  • Do they try to hurry you into a decision before you've gotten all the facts or decided what you want? 

  • Do they ask you to sign a contract and pay a deposit before you know the total cost, including shipping? 

  • Do they tell you it's important to "get the ball rolling" and promise to iron out the details later?

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Note: Although some companies claim to have dozens of "clearance buildings," it is highly unlikely that they really do. First of all, no one, but no one, "stocks" metal buildings; they are only manufactured after an order is placed. Real clearance buildings are those that were made for a customer but never delivered. They result from contract breaches, errors in fabrication, bounced cheques, and other problems and mistakes. Even at reduced prices, they are hard to sell (imagine your daughter's wedding is cancelled and you need to sell her custom-designed bridal gown along with three turquoise bridesmaids' dresses), and no company can afford more than a few of these a year. Most people will be far better off ordering a new building made to their exact specifications.

So Why Not Contact Us And Possibly Save Yourself:

  • Countless Hours of Needless Hassle,

  • Endless Worry, and

  • Unexpected Expenses That Inexperienced or Careless Manufacturers Can So Easily Create With Your Steel Building Project. And that's apart from:

  • SAVING YOURSELF SOME MONEY with Our Factory-direct Prices.

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Trust our years of positive construction experience and craftsman expertise to confidently guide your specific steel building project smoothly to sure success.

You may just experience enormous benefits.

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