If you’re going to build an agricultural building, you’d better do it right. It takes a durable structure to withstand the forces of mother nature, gravity, animals and more. We realize how enticing it can be to always choose the cheapest building option. You see cheaper materials or services that seem equal to their more expensive alternatives, so you choose the cheaper option. A building’s a building after all, right?
Absolutely not. That’s like saying “a car’s a car,” but everyone knows a 1990 beater is definitely not equivalent to a brand-new Mercedes. There are a lot of details that go into a building, and those details – no matter how small – can make or break its durability. The inventory and equipment inside your agricultural building might be worth hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. At the end of the day, investing in a durable structure up front will ensure your production equipment and other items remain safe, and will also prevent constant costly repairs throughout your building’s life.
1. Make sure the building is properly engineered.
When looking for a building, you need to know that the company designing it will think about the entire scope of the building and the construction process. That involves considering the building’s purpose, the soil conditions and exposure, the materials being used to construct it, and how those materials are put together.
2. Properly prepare the building site. A level site is instrumental for the construction crew to build your structure easily and efficiently, without having to cobble things together. Cumbersome sites with steep drop-offs can be difficult to navigate, and might require compromises that could affect durability.
3. Use high-quality materials. Lumber, steel, door and window materials are the four most important materials involved in building a post-frame structure.
Here’s what to look for in each:
4. Hire a good crew. A good crew understands the engineering behind a building’s design, and they adhere to those specific guidelines set by the designer. If they don’t, the building’s durability will suffer. A reputable crew also uses the proper power tools required for building a durable structure. Always remember, crew of four with the proper electrical tools, lifts and training will produce a building that is far superior to a 12-man crew with hand-powered saws and hammers.
5. Include durability features. While lumber and steel comprise the majority of your structure, several additional features can also improve the durability of your building – especially when it comes to agricultural structures.
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