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Choosing the Right Location for Your Metal Building

By March 13, 2017 No Comments

Now that you’ve made the leap and committed to some type of a metal building or structure on your property, you may be moving into the next stage of planning its location. Determining the location of your metal building is something that should be considered carefully and your final decision should be made intentionally. Here at JAG Metals, we specialize in manufacturing metal buildings, components, and trim that are designed to stand the test of time. These materials, along with proper location of your metal building, can ensure a lifetime of enjoyment out of your metal structure. Today, we will take a look at a few items to consider when deciding on the location for your new metal building.

Purpose and Zoning

Zoning ordinances, at times, are a necessary evil in the construction industry; they keep neighborhoods, cities, and industrial areas streamlined. When considering the location of your metal structure, the purpose of your building is an integral part in determining whether or not the building will meet the zoning restrictions of your neighborhood or industrial area. A while ago, we discussed zoning and why it is important to address this prior to adding any type of structure to your property. For example, if you’re set on adding a metal structure to your residential property for a business venture, it is wise to confirm with a local zoning expert that your proposed metal structure complies with the zoning ordinances for your neighborhood. Checking into your local ordinances and ensuring your new structure is compliant can save you time and money; be sure to make this one of your first priorities.

Soil Conditions

Once you’ve checked into the zoning ordinances of your proposed location, you’ll want to consider the actual land itself. Knowing what kind of land you are building on is vital for the longevity of your building and its foundation. Generally speaking, it’s likely that the soil conditions on your property don’t vary too much from one spot to another. However, the grade of the soil can vary greatly. For example, if you’re considering adding a metal structure on your property for a storage shed, you’ll want to make sure the building is placed in a location where the soil can be properly compacted or otherwise prepared for the right foundation type and that the land is not subject to flooding or other moisture issues. While having your storage shed on a particular side of your property might make the most sense for accessibility, it may not be the best location if there is any kind of stream or natural water source in the vicinity. By considering the integrity of the soil conditions and land upon which your metal structure will be placed, you can be sure you’ve chosen the best spot for it to be erected.

Directional Exposure

Another factor to consider is how much natural light you desire for your new metal structure, as well as whether or not its particular location on your property will have any impact on the structure’s exposure to the elements. If you’re geographic area is one that experiences very hard winters with a lot of ice and snow, for example, you’ll want to ensure that your structure isn’t overly shaded by vegetation or other buildings so that it gets optimal sunshine during winter months. This will ensure adequate melting of ice and snow to prevent interior leaking or other damage that ice dams and built up snow can cause. Proper sun exposure can also cut on your utilities expense if your metal structure is intended to be habitable. Taking directional exposure into consideration will ensure your metal building lasts as long as it can, while also potentially saving you money in costly weather related repairs and utilities expenses down the road.

Choosing the right materials for you metal building is always important, but it is equally important to choose the right location. The right location for your engineered metal structure is vital for the longevity of your metal building as well as for your budget. From design to application and installation, JAG Metals combines industry knowledge and expertise to ensure you wind up with the best finished product. Contact us today to learn more about our metal buildings and components!

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