How to Prepare for a Steel Building Installation?

While you can rapidly install a steel building from Building-UK, some preparation work is needed to ensure your building is up and running in the shortest possible time. Taking the time to do the correct preparation before installations prevent potentially costly problems in the long term.


Choosing The Correct Location

Putting a metal building into a small space is not a good idea. Instead, you need to find an area with bigger proportions than the installed structure has. This means it will be easier and faster to install. Plus, it affords better access to perform any maintenance tasks. Bearing in mind that regular maintenance will extend the life of your steel building. You might also want to look for a slightly elevated area to place your steel building—as this will provide good drainage and avoid any problems with flooding.


Getting The Right Building Permission

While some of the steel building kits may not require planning permission, it is still crucial for you to double-check with your local authority. Omitting to dot the ‘i’s’ and cross the ‘t’s’ can become a costly omission. Also, check for size requirements along with the siting of the building. It could be that a slightly smaller building will not need a permit, a point worth considering.


Get the Professionals In For Grading The Soil

Grading the soil is the process of levelling the ground on the site of the building. This process also involves making a slight slope around the edges of the area to encourage good drainage. But, again, this job is best left to professionals unless you have the heavy equipment and know-how. 


The professionals can also clean up the area where you are placing your building. Their heavy machinery will make short work on weeds and bushes. This is a laborious job, but if you don’t remove the vegetation, it can become a problem with the foundation. This is especially true when keeping a soil foundation. If you are laying down a concrete foundation, ask the company grading the soil to excavate the area, making adding the concrete easier and much quicker.


Organise Utilities 

Thinking long-term about a power line is one way to enable you to change the use of your building if required. The best idea is to lay your utility connections underground before laying the concrete foundation or installing the steel building.


Planning to lay the connection underground at the same time is so much easier having them there than to have to install them after. Plus, putting them underground makes them weather resistant with no ugly overhead line to spoil the view!


Foundation Preparation

The professionals have done their work, the installation site is cleared, graded, and the necessary utilities installed. Finally, time to pour in your concrete foundation. Remember, concrete will need anything from a few days to several weeks to cure before you can put your building up. Installing too soon can create problems when installing your building, as the concrete could crack and the building’s stability compromised.


If you have chosen to go for a ground mount installation, you only need to ensure the ground is smooth and level. However, deciding before the structure installation what you want is necessary. Laying the concrete after the building is up can be difficult, time-consuming and costly. If unsure, get in touch with the Building-UK team and chat.

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