Posted on May 31, 2018 by Heritage

There are many considerations when planning for your metal building. Save yourself time and curb potential issues by planning ahead. We will discuss a few of the most significant to keep in mind.


It’s important to plan for the size and location of your metal building. Do you have the proper system set up for drainage? The last thing you want is to erect a metal building in place only to have it in a flood prone zone or to have rain runoff collect around the building. To prepare for proper drainage, have your land surveyed by a professional.


What is the proximity of your proposed metal building to other structures? As a metal building owner, you may need to consider the height and distance of your metal building to other existing structures. Depending on the location and use of your metal building, you should be cognizant of surrounding neighbors and other building structures.


Have you checked into zoning laws in your area? Again, depending on what your metal building’s intended use, these rules could restrict the way your land is used. Check with local city and county ordinances and call your municipal planning/building department on zoning laws for the intended building location. You will also want to consider noise regulations for your area. For example, if you are building a metal car garage for your racecars, you will need to check your local noise ordinances before you rev up that engine on a daily basis. Save yourself the hassle of being issued unnecessary fines that come with breaking regulations by being well versed on them.


It’s important to consider the climate where your metal building is located. Will your building regularly be exposed to snow, freezing temperatures or high winds? During the design process, talk with your Heritage project consultant about the weather and climate in your metal building’s intended area. It’s important to factor in the building codes and loads especially if you expect heavy snow or high winds. In snowy conditions, you will need a roof snow load that takes into account the amount of snow your building may accumulate. If you live in a high wind area, you will need a metal building with a high wind load rating. We can help address these factors in the initial planning stages.


While some research is involved in the planning of your building, you will benefit in the long run by having done the work ahead of time. If you have questions about planning for your metal building, contact a Heritage Project Consultant today.