A: Here at Superior Outdoor Structures we represent the top quality building companies in the business and build every building with pride. Our trusses are set on 4’ or 5' centers, unlike many post-frame builders that set their trusses on 8' or 10' centers in order to cut costs. The trusses are an important part of a building's integrity. The more trusses you have, the better the structural integrity. Our trusses are engineered with a 25-lb/psf-snow load rating and a 125 mph wind load rating standard. They are built to withstand the extreme weather conditions that you may encounter in the Mid West. Several other companies will either build their trusses on the job site or they send a standard factory built truss that was never engineered properly or just to I.B.C. Code 2006 which is only 17.1 lb/psf snow load rating and 90 mph wind load. We also run our end posts all the way up to the top of the building rake, rather than stopping at the ceiling joists and using a "dummy" truss. This gives our buildings greater structural integrity, as well as a higher wind load resistance. Add in our secondary framing known as rat run this gives you a superior quality building. We also use only Prime 40yr Rated Galvalume Paint American Made Metal for our exterior as well as American Made Screws not cheaper foreign brands or nails. We “NEVER” use sheet metal known as “seconds”, which typically does not carry a manufacturer's warranty. We use solid posts that are fully treated to a .60 value or in laymen’s terms 60%, unlike other companies that will only use treated .40 lumber in the ground and untreated lumber above the ground. These posts typically consist of 2x6s that are glued or nailed together; therefore the strength is only as good as the glue or the nails. We set our posts 3' (minimum) into the ground for a more solid footing and to ensure that the post is below the frost line.
A: Yes. You should have the building pad as level as possible. We will level the building with the highest part of the ground. If the ground is not level there will be a gap under the building where the ground slopes, you can always back fill if needed. The ground needs to be within 2”-4” of being perfectly level in order to use our standard pole lengths. This may require hiring an excavator or using a builder's level to determine if the ground is level.
A: Yes. We use a 2 x 6 CCA .60 treated bottom plate around the bottom of the building. This board can be used as a form for pouring a concrete slab. Concrete can normally be poured through the large door opening. If the concrete contractor requires additional access to pour the concrete then some wall metal could be left off and installed by the customer after the concrete is poured. In some instances, we can set the posts for the building and pull off the job until the concrete is complete. This may require additional cost for travel expenses for the crew.
A: Maybe. Ask a sales representative for specifics. This depends largely on the location of the building site. In some cases you will be able to get a more competitive bid from a local concrete contractor.
A: Yes. You will need to make us aware of this, so we can figure the costs and material correctly. Also keep in mind that your slab must have a substantial footing to bare the weight load of the building. We are not responsible for damage to the floor that may occur from insufficient footing.
A: Maybe. Some counties or cities will require a building permit. The building requirements and restrictions are very different in every area. It is the customer's responsibility to check with the local building inspection office to identify any building restrictions that may be enforced. The customer is responsible for the cost of a building permit, if one is required. We can provide detailed truss drawings to assist in the process of obtaining a permit, which in most cases is all that is needed from us. Occasionally, a municipality will require site specific Engineered Sealed Drawings for your building. We can provide engineered drawings and modify the construction of the building, if required. The engineer requires a payment for this service, which is an additional cost that must be paid when the drawings are contracted for. Also keep in mind that if any inspections are required during the construction this may require our builders to stop and wait on the inspector. If this occurs there is a small fee for the down time.
A: Yes. We need to be aware of your local building requirements and can modify our standard construction to adapt to your local building codes. Factory engineered trusses are used on all buildings (unless it is a rafter application; porch, shed, lien-to). Changes to our standard construction must be reviewed by our engineer and priced by our sales staff.
A: Yes. The customer is responsible for having electricity at the job site or they must have a generator available for the builders to use during construction. We can provide a generator for a modest cost if needed.
A: An additional fee of $300 a day will apply if the holes cannot be drilled with a hand held auger in a reasonable amount of time (typically requires five minutes to 10 minutes per hole). Customer will pay the amount due directly to the builder for the additional labor that is required. If the auger and rock bars cannot provide adequate posthole depth, then the customer will be responsible for providing any equipment necessary. Equipment would typically consist of a jackhammer and compressor, which can be rented from a local supplier. In some cases a bobcat w/auger or a drilling rig may be required. The builder will determine what type of equipment will be needed. Easy way to help determine if rock is going to be encountered is to mark off the location of the posts and drive a 4’ piece of rebar into the ground to see if there is going to be a possibility of hitting rock. Keep in mind we use a 12” auger bit to drill your holes.
A: Yes. Galvalume metal has a protective coating and has materials in the metal to prevent rust. Standard Galvalume metal has a 25-year limited warranty, but Galvanized metal does not have an extended warranty. Galvalume and Galvanized metal have a silver finish.
A: 29 gauge metal is in the range of .014 to .017 thickness, while 26 gauge metal is in the range of .018 to .021 thickness and is available at additional cost.
A: Yes. It is very common to use as many as three different color options. We offer more than 20 different colors to choose from. Color charts and color chips are available. Colors are normally indicated for the roof, walls, and trim, sliding door, and wainscoting.
A: Yes, We collect 1/3rd of the contract price upon ordering another 1/3rd when the building materials are delivered to your building site and the balance is collected when the building is completed. The first payment is given to the Sales Staff and the second payment is given to the delivery driver or the builder, which in most cases the builders arrival is at the same time as the materials and the final payment is given to the builder upon completion. Superior Outdoor Structures accepts cashiers' checks, money orders, or major credit cards for payment.
A: We will always strive to work around your schedule on deliveries and construction. We construct each building in the order that it was received. Weather conditions and production will affect the lead-time. A representative from Superior Outdoor Structures will contact you prior to delivering the materials to arrange a day and time for making the delivery. We will also contact you prior to the arrival of the builders (typically within 7 to 14 days after the delivery) so that you can make arrangements to meet them at the building site.
A: Yes. We can provide material kits for any size building. Factory built trusses are available to eliminate the task of constructing the trusses on site. We have the insulation, walk doors, windows, vents, cupolas, horse stalls and all the hardware and accessories that you will need to construct your building.
A: Maybe. We are able to install doors in most cases depending on location. You can also contact a local overhead door company to install a door. Most overhead doors will require approximately 24" of clearance for overhead track. Example: If you order a 10' tall building, then the maximum door height that you can use is 8'. You will need to check with the overhead door company and verify the size of the opening that they will require. This information must be given to Superior Outdoor Structures before construction begins. If you are going to pour a concrete slab inside the building it is important to remember that the thickness of the slab will affect the door clearance.
A: Yes and No. Most states do not allow agricultural exemptions for buildings or improvements to real property. We allow Oklahoma Farm Tax exemptions. Please check with your local state tax authority to see if you can use your farm tax exemption.
A: Standard posts have a .60 CCA treatment. The manufacturer has a “Lifetime” rating and a 60 –year warranty, but the life span of the post should far exceed 60 years. Post Protectors are also available to offer additional protection from moisture and termites; they have a limited-lifetime warranty.
A: We have ridge vents, gable vents, cupolas, closure vents and exhaust fans. Any of these products will offer sufficient ventilation and can be used in combination with each other.
A: We service many states. Delivery charges and local building codes can affect the price of your building. Due to the many buildings and options that are available, it is difficult to have an accurate price list available. Contact one of our sales representatives or use our online quote request for pricing on any building.
A: Maybe. The laws of physics dictate that a metal building exposed to humidity will collect moisture at times. However, if you insulate your building or use a concrete floor, or both, you will virtually eliminate condensation.
A: The truth is that skylights require maintenance. Unlike the rest of your pole building, which is virtually maintenance free, skylights may need to be re-caulked every 3-5 years to prevent leaking. You should be aware that if you insulate the roof of your building, skylights should not be used. As an alternative you can always install our polycarbonate panels on the eve sides of your building thus getting the same effect without the hassles of leaking often associated with “Skylights” in the roof.
A: The post-frame industry uses outside wall height as the industry standard for measuring size. A 10' wall height (or eave height) does not mean that there is 10' of clearance inside your building. Typically if you have a 10' wall, your clearance inside is approximately 9' 6 ½ “ without a concrete floor and 9’ 2 ½” with a concrete floor. Sliding doors are 1' shorter than the specified wall height and overhead doors are 2' shorter than specified wall height. That way anything that fits through the doors will certainly clear the ceiling joists.
A: Yes. We can customize your building to fit your needs.