Verified FBN Member (IL)

Opinions about all steel machinery storage buildings

Size 40 to 50 feet wide by 80 to 100 feet long. Interested in brand names, erected cost per square foot, etc. Opinion about floors, concrete vs asphalt, etc? I'm seeing too many wood frame buildings being destroyed by wind. Also opinions on bi-fold main doors versus conventional rolling doors. Thanks

Verified FBN Member (IL)

I'm in the same boat. I've checked with general steel and waiting for prices from Olympia. Rhino in Texas was higher. Sukup is another one. I'm also interested in why folks go with overhead vs bi fold vs sliding doors. Price is important but functionality is #1 for such a commonly used and important investment.

A friend told me to ask for the weight of the building to compare how much steel you're getting.

I'll only go with radiant heated floor. I added that to the shop my grandpa build and it makes us all much more productive/comfortable.

Verified FBN Member (IL)

Good idea on building weight. I suppose radiant floor is electric powered. Thanks

Verified FBN Member (IL)

Before I had kids I used a wood boiler, now I use propane. The circulation pumps take about as much electricity as a large light bulb. I made a simple system. Since I have 3 boys that are 7,6,and 4 I'm preparing to go back to wood with propane backup.

Verified FBN Member (MN)

doors -

bifold - can get as wide as you want BUT need much more structure to support them vs standard panel roll up.

roll-up limited on width (36ft max I have found) BUT can install narrower doors with vertical kickout(s) in-between for very flexible door system -- smaller opening normally but then have the large opening available when needed.

Head space - from a finished ceiling, loose a few inches with single fold, about a foot with bi-fold and about 2 ft with conventional rollup. This can impact crane clearance to get at combine engines, but can plan for that in sidewall height selection.

Verified FBN Member (NE)

Chief Building, all steel. Think about a fence post in the ground, how long does that last. . Water floor heat, they make corn boilers and waste oil boilers. Bad part with waste oil is you will need 500 to 700 gallons a year. Would never do another shop without it. Open door, move equipment in and out, close door, heat recovery time minutes. If you plan on opening and closing the door a lot standard overhead doors are better but expensive over 25 feet. Cement floor, think about floor tie down points. Bad thing with floor heat is drilling into it later. If you are running 16 row equipment 50ft is not wide enough. You are always going to have stuff along the walls. Its also nice to be able to pull a semi and trailer in and close the door. Worst thing is they are never big enough. We started with 50 x 60 and running 8 row equipment. Was great. Now with 16 row equipment too small. Want to go to 24 row planter, won't be able to open it in the shop.

Verified FBN Member (CO)

Floor heat all the way. Putting mine in next week. Thought about not doing it for cost savings but our corn stove in the basement changed my mind. Installed that last spring and we had let it run all night. Next morning when I got up the furnace wasn’t running like it normally does and the floor being warm was awesome, almost made it feel even warmer in the house.

Verified FBN Member (IL)

Have a friend that sells and erects steel buildings he built my shop 8 years ago. Can contact me and I will send you his contact info. He and I are both in northern Illinois.

Verified FBN Member (MO)

When you decide on how big to build it, then go the next 20' wider and 40' longer. It will cost more but in the long run it will more than pay for it. We built ours 8 years ago and have been kicking myself since then on why we didn't go bigger. Like a previous post said, as you upgrade to bigger equipment you'll be glad you went bigger on your shed.

Verified FBN Member (MN)

I have 3 steel frame buildings. When I was pricing it seemed like anything 70 feet wide with a 20 ft sidewall the steel building was more cost effective than the wood frame. A good quality Steel buildings will last longer. I would suggest a 2/12 roof pitch as opposed to a 1/12 which is more of a standard for steel buildings. You get quite a bit more headroom that way particularly if you are 100 feet wide. The building we built a year ago with an engineered foundation plan, all concrete and steel construction, electrical, and dirt work was about $25 / square foot. I bought the building from Allied Steel Buildings and my local guy put it up.

Verified FBN Member (ND)

wow wouldn't touch that price here. we areore like 35/ maybe some of those mn guys would come to nd. I wouldn't make them wear mask. they could breath fresh air and enjoy work again.

Verified FBN Member (NE)

Not sure but a Nieghbor went with steel cause he can deduct in 7 years a pole building is 39. Steel building his guy says is consider movable.

Verified FBN Member (VA)

We're putting up a 55'*112'*22' quanza hut this year. Building was 33kk and change. Concrete footers with dirt floors would have run around 4k. We're doing a concrete floor. So the entire concrete lads gonna run around 20k.

Erecting it ourselves, we estimate it'll take 4 of us around 2-3 weeks to fully erect this winter.

It was an agribilt brand.

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