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Steel Buildings
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MikeC    Posted 05-05-2002 at 04:45:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The warden (wife) has finally decided that I have so much stuff that I need a new building to put it all into. I know a number of you have outbuildings and I wanted to know about brands, etc of steel buildings similar to Morton buildings. I'm looking at about 24X36 with a concrete floor and 2 OH doors. Searches on the Internet yield Morton and Lester buildings but few others. Anyone have experience with other brands? Any particular good or bad points to look for? Anything you would change on yours if you could do it over again?

As always, any and all responses are greatly appreciated!



mike    Posted 05-06-2002 at 18:49:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm in the process of installing a 108x66 building
for storage. Have you checked on lumber yard
kits.A local lumber yard has an amish crew that
framed my building in two days.It cost $35000,
thats $25000 less than Morton wanted.It's
usually cheaper to buy from any lumber source
than to get a national name.I know two guys with
Mortons,both have leak and sweating problems.


Thanks for the info!...MikeC (ntx)    Posted 05-06-2002 at 05:43:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]


BB    Posted 05-06-2002 at 04:54:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Are you considering doing it yourself or having it done? I bought a Mueller Steel building in kit form and put it up myself. All frame members simply bolt together. Very little cutting/fitting on side panels. Considerably cheaper than having Morton do it. It is a 30'x40' foot with 10' walls, 4x12 pitch roof, 2' overhang eaves, fully insulated, two 10'x10' doors, one walk in door and 3 windows. Really pleased with the way it came out. Mueller is only in Texas though I believe.


Katrina    Posted 05-05-2002 at 21:42:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are just finishing up a 125' X 50" all steel building we purchased from General Steel. We erected it ourselves and it was much more work than we ever imagined. We have been working on it all winter on any weekend that wasn't below 0 or too windy. Sure will be happy when it has the doors on and snug. We like the buillding but probably would have spent the extra to have a crew do it for us. VERY time consuming and the drawings were difficult to follow. Now we need to find somebody else who is putting one up so we can do it the way it is supposed to be done without all the first-timers mistakes!


Roger    Posted 05-25-2004 at 07:28:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Question on the eveas how did you install the
insulation , and did you experence any difficultly
installing the overhang. I ordered a 18" overhang
and this will be my first building. ( fingers -
crossed ) Thanks


Rubintropfen    Posted 05-05-2002 at 18:04:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many pole building people are members of the National Frame Builder's Assoc. They provide a list of members, too. Check listings under "Locate" for local people.


WallSal55    Posted 05-05-2002 at 09:04:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another brand we have here in IL is Wick bldgs.
My dad chose Morton and my brother chose Wick. To them the biggest deal was where the entrance
door would be located, ha ha.


DeadCarp - Adding value to a Sunday drive    Posted 05-05-2002 at 08:30:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
My favorite way to gather info for something new is ask the neighbors. Like, you admire a steel building & stop to get a closer look. Chances are - they like it too and (time permitting) will volunteer prices and builders and what the problems were, like a new car or anything else. Snap a picture while you're there so you can discuss it later with references. Pride is part of human nature. (There's one steel barn up by Bemidji that looks good enough to be a house. I got the dope on that one :)


JoeK    Posted 05-05-2002 at 08:08:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Depends what your looking for and what you want to do with it.Morton/Lester&others are into package volume selling of buildings,and trimming them out.They achieve a reputation for their product and price increases with popularity and demand.Here in NW WI practically every lumberyard and building center also sell materials,kits or erected buildings often at considerable savings over the big(advertised)outfits.Look aound your area and talk to building owners as to who built it and their satisfaction.It doesn't have to have a company Logo hung on it to be a good solid building.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-05-2002 at 07:41:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have had several steel buildings in the past. You want big doors if you can get them. Remember it dose not cost much more to make it bigger to. If you can put some underground PVC in the slab you can run your electricity around the place with out messing up the walls. Make sure you put your phone and water in to. Comes in handy for the future. Put a grey water pit in for a sink you can put the pipe in umder the slab and access it later after the building is complete. Just put a plastic cover over it and leave the concrete thin so you can break it out later. I ran my pipe up the wall a little and set some trash over it for when the inspector was there. That way it was ready to put the sink, little water heater and pluming on for a place to clean up befor I came in. Enjoy the new building they are maintance free most of the time. Mark H.


Debbie(WI)    Posted 05-05-2002 at 06:53:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
My husband and me had our garage and shop built by Northland, the thing he wish's he did differently was to go bigger on both and went with 2 9 foot wide overhead doors instead of a 16 foot wide on the garage and a second sliding door on the back of the shop for better access and air movement.
We got both building's a 24x24 and a 30x40 for less money than Morton wanted for a 30x40 and the quality was excellent as far as we are concerned as was a few minor problem's that they went out of there way to take care of no questions asked.


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