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Brick-and-mortar might be the words used for stores and businesses with physical locations, but many companies are opting for buildings made of a different material: metal. Prefabricated steel buildings offer several advantages, so it’s no wonder that many business owners are interested in exploring this building material’s possibilities. What questions should you ask a prefabricated metal building contractor? Here are a few tips for finding the right commercial metal building contractor.

Prefabricated Metal Building Contractor Questions

What Kinds of Steel Building Products Are Available?

Different companies offer different options, so it’s essential to explore what the contractor can provide. We use STAR Building Systems at CBF Contracting, which means we have access to exceptional, top-quality solutions. These include a mix of framing systems, panel systems, and accessories. STAR Building Systems has the highest quality rating, and its products stand the test of time.

What Industries Have You Worked With?


Prefab metal buildings aren’t dull boxes. Multiple framing systems allow for unique and creative building designs. These designs are used by a wide array of industries for an assortment of purposes. These include:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive repair shops and showrooms
  • Aviation hangars
  • Distribution and warehouse construction
  • Educational facilities
  • Equestrian stables
  • Healthcare systems
  • Industrial and manufacturing
  • Restaurant and Dining
  • Retail and office facilities
  • Self-storage

Every industry has unique needs. Working with a contractor who has already designed and delivered buildings for projects like yours means they have the experience to make your project a success.

What Sizes Are Available?

Your lot, budget, and needs can all impact the size of the building required. It’s key to check that the range of sizes available from a contractor includes one suitable for your needs.

Can you Customize Prefabricated Metal Buildings?

A cookie-cutter building is unlikely to provide the perfect fit. Customization is essential if you want a building that suits you now and offers room to adapt and grow.

Will My Building Be Specially Designed for My Project?

A premier commercial construction contractor specializing in prefabricated buildings knows their product well. After discussing your project, they’ll be able to carefully consider the options in their product line and pull together the ideal solution for your company, your property, and your budget. CBF Contracting also offers design build services to help facilitate the project in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Will I Save Time With a Prefabricated Metal Building?

Because steel buildings are manufactured offsite under controlled conditions, fabrication is handled quickly. That means steel building construction can often be completed in half the time of a comparable project using wood-frame construction.

How Do Costs Compare to Traditional Construction?

Prefab metal buildings are often considered a great value. The speedy schedule doesn’t just mean that you get to use your new building sooner. It also leads to lower labor costs. Plus, steel is strong but light, so many companies will also see savings with the foundation and other building materials. Steel buildings tend to have savings of roughly 30% over traditional construction. Of course, not all buildings are the same. It’s always important to review any estimates thoroughly, ask questions, and look for the best value.

What are the Safety Features of Steel Buildings

A prefab metal building’s safety profile is undeniably attractive. Steel’s strength means that these buildings are more resistant to threats like earthquakes and high winds, and its natural resistance to fire also reduces the risk of fire. When looking for a contractor to build your metal building, ask about their safety protocols during construction and other ways you can keep your employees and customers safe. A contractor who maintains a safe workplace prioritizes people, precision, and quality craftsmanship over speed.

Is a prefabricated metal building the right choice for your next facility? CBF Contracting is proud to offer STAR Building Systems, and we’ll be delighted to help you explore your options. Contact us today to learn more.

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