A certified metal building is a design that has been approved by an engineer to meet certain snow and wind loads. JPK Steel Structures always recommends a certified structure. A certified structure is usually required to obtain a permit.
Certified metal buildings are designed with the correct gauge, bracing and anchoring to achieve a specific snow or wind load.
A non-certified metal building is designed with the materials of your choosing and meets the minimum requirements for the structure itself, not taking in consideration outside forces on the structure.
Gauge is the American standardized way to measure the thickness of steel. The smaller the number the thicker the metal. Most manufactures offer the standard 14 gauge with an upgraded 12 gauge
Industry standard frames are 2.5” x 2.5” in the 14 gauge and 2.25” x 2.25” in the 12 gauge Some manufactures offer a 2”x3” frame or a higher tensile strength 14 gauge as opposed to the 12 gauge.
It doesn’t cost that much to upgrade, and most factories offer a longer warranty when you do. It makes sense to upgrade. If you are in a tight budget situation, 14 gauge typically still holds up for decades.
The manufactures will not attach to an existing structure. They will however, place it right up against the building so that you can attach it yourself. The reason they do not is because the metal buildings are pre-engineered and do not take into consideration your existing structure. The installers are also not liable for damage that could be incurred in the process.
This is not an exact measurement but about 2 feet is a good rule of thumb. Keep in mind that the installer will need to attach sheets to the outside of the metal building, and a ladder is often required to get to the higher points.
Yes, this is possible. Just make sure that you design your complete project first to make sure it can be achieved. A common mistake is ordering the metal carport too short to convert to a metal garage.
Another important factor to consider is that different companies will not install sides and ends. You must go back to the original manufacturer.
Yes, you can! Manufacturers have standard sizes that are pre-engineered. They can modify models to your exact specifications. They will charge you for the next standard size up. For example, the smallest size that they make is a 12’ x 21’, if you need a 10’ x 15’ you would still pay for the 12’ x 21’.
It varies slightly from model to model; most are about 3:12. A 3:12 pitch means that the roof raises 3” every 12”. Some of the manufacturers have different pitches.
A vertical is always a better choice. It’s most important when the manufacturer max sheet length is exceeded. The max length of the sheet varies by manufacturer but is usually 31’ or 36’. If your structure is longer than the max sheet length, your roof will eventually begin to leak at the seam.
In some instances, such as an RV carport, it may not be that big of a deal for you. In the case of a metal building or metal garage a leaking roof could cost you a lot in damaged valuables.
Yes, standard gutters can be installed on the building. The manufacturers do not supply or install gutters. If you wish to install gutters you should purchase the vertical roof since the horizontal styles drain most of the water off the ends.
This varies by manufacturer from 12’ to 20’. 12’ is the tallest standard height for all manufacturers and the price dramatically increases when you exceed this. It is always recommended to keep your height below 12’.
Class A motor homes are usually 12’6” to the top of the A/C. So, for a RV Carport a 12’ leg is fine (keeping in mind that the building pitches). If you are building a RV Garage 14’ is minimal height required to install a 12’ high door.
Foundation / Slab / Anchoring
Your metal building dimensions are out to out of the steel roof. The length of the building usually has an extra foot due to the overhang past the frame. So the footprint for a 12’ x 21’ structure would be 12’ x 20’. We then recommend that you increase the slab 2” on all sides so that when the installer drills the anchors the risk of cracking or chipping is reduced, but still isn’t too wide that water can run underneath the frame.
We provide sample foundation drawings, so you can get an accurate estimate on concrete.
Water can get through any area that air can. There is no seal located between the foundation and concrete. To prevent seeping, you can use a perimeter sealant at the foundation. This is not provided or done by the installers. You can purchase silicon sealant and apply yourself at the time of installation or ask the installer if they will do it for you. The installers are not required to do this and are not liable if they do.
There are several types of anchors available for your structure. I recommend our anchor types page for a more detailed explanation.
All installers use an expanding anchor bolt for installation. The non-certified units come with a minimal amount to attach and the certified come with quite a few more. The number required is determined by your wind speed and local codes. Some manufacturers charge for concrete anchor and others don’t.
The included option is the rebar stake or pin anchor, this is a temporary anchor like what would be used for a large tent. The auger type anchor is used for certified buildings and all manufacturers charge for these anchors.
The included option is the rebar stake or pin anchor, this is a temporary anchor like what would be used for a large tent. The barbed type anchor is used for certified buildings and all manufacturers charge for these anchors.
Yes but, the unit cannot be certified with this type of installation. You will also be required to provide the lag bolts.
Some manufacturers will, at an additional cost and other won’t. If this is a service that you need, please ask your salesperson for assistance.
Delivery and Installation
All delivery times given by any company are mere estimates based on what is typically happening at that time. Your metal building is freight shared with other orders. So, when you place an order, it is placed into a file with other orders going to your area. Once there are enough orders to keep an installation crew busy for a week (about $20,000 worth of buildings) they will begin to schedule for the following week. No factory will schedule before the truck is full. So, if you order a $15,000 metal building you can expect a faster delivery. They will only have estimated dates based on buying trends until the truck is full. So, if you live in a very remote area in the middle of Montana it could take a while. If you live in a state that has a high population your order will arrive considerably quicker.
JPK Steel Structures receives weekly updates from all factories on all orders so we can give you estimates to the best of our knowledge when you structure will arrive.
JPK Steel Structures, as a complementary service calls all factories after the order is placed to see who has the fastest delivery time and will advise of your options.
Most companies don’t want to be honest about this, because the consumer wants it now and typically goes with who promises them the fastest time, even though it is likely coming from the same factory and they do not know for sure. Do not fall for this trick. If they can deliver in 2 weeks have them put it in WRITING with a money back guarantee. It does not matter what they say, no one can promise a delivery time.
At JPK Steel Structures we have seen deliveries take as little as 7 days and as long as several weeks.
You absolutely can. Typically, it is not worth it though. Most manufacturers only offer a 5% discount for self-install and 15% if you pick it up from the factory. This option comes with no warranty.
Most manufacturers define level service a as +/- 3-4 inches. These units are self-supported by a base rail and can be installed on just about any surface. If you service is not level, this could void your warranty.
Utilities, Keep in mind the installers will be on a ladder and have the right not to install under power lines. The installers are not liable for underground utility damage. Most areas have a free locator service by calling 811 or going to http://www.call811.com, if utilities are close you may want them to come back out before the installers come.
We advise you to be there when they arrive and when they finish. JPK Steel Structures recommends being there most of the time so you can check on the progress periodically. It is much easier to make corrections as they happen rather than after they are complete.
The installers drive a large pick-up truck with a 30’-40’ trailer. They need to be able to get the trailer with in about 50’ of the site. These trailers are very heavy when loaded and the installers are not responsible for soil displacement. If your site is not close JPK Steel Structures recommends getting a quote to hand carry, before they arrive.
There is a 3”- 4” adjustment where the leg meets the base rail to make the structure level.
In many instances the grade is steeper than the adjustment allows. Providing that it slopes in one direction the legs can be cut to make the roof line level. You will need to purchase leg the length of the tallest point and the others will be cut. There is a field cut fee, most installers charge $10.00 a cut, and this will be billed on-site.
The manufacturers provide skilled installers to deliver and install your new building. They do this all day, every day.
The installers drive a large pick-up truck with a 30’-40’ trailer.
You need to call your county or township and ask when and if a permit is required. The manufacturer will not check if you need a permit or not. If the installer has stopped working due to a lack of permit, they will leave the building and materials “as is” until you get the situation resolved and they are back in the area.
Residents of Florida and Arizona will need a permit 99% of the time, except for agricultural buildings. Most manufacturers will verify that you have the permit or exception before scheduling delivery.
You are responsible for getting any and all permits. When getting the permit(s), you will need to list yourself as the contractor and the manufacturer as the sub-contractor. This usually makes getting your permit less expensive and easier.
Certified buildings are guaranteed to meet local codes, so they are the buildings that you can get engineered drawings for, which are usually required for a permit.
JPK Steel Structures offers sample drawings you can show the county to determine if this type of structure is able to be permitted or zoned for your area. These are SAMPLE drawings and your building may be different.
Drawings and/or Certifications (certs) are different and will require a fee. The fee can range from $100.00 to $3000.00 and varies by factory.
Yes, you will receive foundation as well as building drawings. Upon Request.
The installers are usually licensed in your state, when required they will obtain a county, city or town license.
Yes, once you place your deposit it will protect you from price increases for six months.
NO, JPK Steel Structures guarantees the lowest price on the same product, period. This includes buying from other dealers or the manufacturer direct.
Listed prices include, the metal building, options listed, delivery and installation. The only variables are some drawings and taxes.
Yes, you can cancel your order at any time, prior to scheduling. The initial processing fee / deposit is refundable for 7 days after the sale. Drawings are non-refundable.
All standard colors are included in the price. You can choose different colors for the roof, walls and trim. Some manufactures offer and extended color chart that does have an up-charge. Some manufacturers charge for wainscot (two color walls) and others don’t.
You are welcome to make changes to your order at no charge until you are scheduled for delivery. After you are scheduled there could be a fee depending on the status of your order.
JPK Steel Structures already offers the lowest price, Guaranteed, so discounts will not be offered. With management approval discounts may be offered for multiple metal buildings over $5000.00 each.
Since the manufactures install in every state they have a local presence and must pay local tax. Tax can be waived if you are tax exempt and can provide a certificate. Just a tax number is not acceptable.
Balance is due once the building is installed. You will make final payment to the installer directly and should be made out to the manufacturer.
JPK Steel Structures accepts all forms of payment including check, certified funds, wires, PayPal, and credit cards.
Manufacturers vary slightly on what they accept. None of them will accept a personal check. If you must pay by personal check, it will need to be paid prior to installation.
See "The building is installed, what next?"
Immediately after the building is erected, before you make payment and sign off, check the metal building. Even though you have a warranty the best time to get something corrected is while the installers are still there.
While most companies will dump you off with the manufacturers after the sale, JPK Steel Structures is there with you the whole way. Just give our friendly customer service a call and we can help with anything.
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