Frequently Asked Questions

General

What kind of buildings does Buck Steel sell?
Buck Steel sells commercial grade red-iron steel buildings. We do not sell pole-barns, metal sheds, light-gauge metal buildings, buildings made from tubular steel/aluminum, or light-gauge carport-type structures.

Does Buck Steel sell steel building components?
Buck Steel does not sell steel building components (roof panels, wall panels, girts, purlins, doors, windows, vents, insulation, etc.) separately, but rather only when included with a complete building package.

Is Buck Steel a broker or a manufacturer?
Buck Steel is neither, but rather an authorized dealer. As an authorized dealer, we have direct access to all departments of our partner factories, including: drafting, engineering, detailing, production, and shipping. In addition, as a high-volume dealer, we obtain special factory discounts, incentives and closeout pricing – which we pass along to our customers.

Why can’t I buy my building directly from the manufacturer?
For the same reason you can’t buy your next F150 pickup truck directly from Ford: most manufacturers lack the manpower and customer service resources to deal directly with an end-user. Many steel building companies are dishonest about their role and claim to be a manufacturer – when in fact they are not. Want to flush out the truth? Just ask if you can visit the factory for a quick tour at the time you place your order – sit back – and be entertained by the excuses as to why you can’t.

Is Buck Steel a general contractor?
Buck Steel is steel building materials supplier and is not a General Contractor. As a result, Buck Steel does not get involved with anything site-related.

So what can Buck Steel do for me?
We actually do quite a lot: we assist you in successfully navigating the steel building process, assist with initial planning and budgeting, assist with the creation of Architectural-grade 3D renderings of your project, provide you with our design expertise (accumulated from thousands of completed projects), provide you access to our design expertise in high-wind/coastal areas (including Miami-Dade County, FL), coordinate with your architect and/or general contractor, all while providing you with a level of customer service unparalleled in the industry. The steel building process is more complex that you will be led to believe – having Buck Steel guiding you through the process will help to ensure your project is a success.

Quoting & Pricing

Can Buck Steel send me a quote without talking to me?
First, let us say that we fully understand your reluctance to provide your telephone information and not wanting to be subjected to high-pressure sales tactics via the phone. But, we ask you to trust us when we proclaim that we are not a telemarketing organization. In order to make sure your quote is accurate one of our project managers needs to have a brief conversation with you to collect the information they need to prepare your quote. Once your quote is sent to you, your project manager will contact you to verify that you received it and to inquire if you have any questions. After that, you are only contacted if you request that we contact you to follow up on the status of your metal building project.

Does Buck Steel have any cancelled order specials?
No. We have had only two cancelled orders in our near decade in business. Generally speaking, cancelled order specials seldom exist and are generally pitched as part of sales tactics used by telemarketing metal building companies. If the building you are being pitched as a cancelled order cannot be loaded on a truck and rolling to your job site within 24 hours – it probably doesn’t exist.

Does Buck Steel have any discounted steel buildings?
Yes. We regularly run specials from our Express Line of products – with special pricing for our website visitors. Many steel building specials found on the internet are stripped-down and packed with surprises. Our Express Line steel building internet specials are packed with features. Visit our Internet Specials page for more information!

Options

What colors options are available when ordering a Buck Steel building?
You can view our color chart online or request a printed chart from Buck Steel.

Do I have to buy rollup doors, entry doors, windows and other accessories from Buck Steel?
You do not have to buy the accessories for your building from Buck Steel. Many customers choose to have us provide only framed openings and then purchase more residential looking/custom doors and windows from a local home improvement store or building supply company. It is important to note that any accessories you purchase must comply with local code requirements. Additionally, you will be responsible for supplying the documentation for any accessories you supply to your local permitting office.

Foundation & Slab

Can Buck Steel pour the slab for my project?
No. Most municipalities require that only a licensed General Contractor pour the slab for your project. As Buck Steel sells buildings all over the US, it would not be possible for us to be a licensed General Contractor in every county in the country.

Can Buck Steel provide me with foundation engineering for my project?
Yes, you may purchase stamped engineered foundation plans for your project – which will be provided to you in both digital and printed formats generally within two weeks of the completion of your building’s engineering.

Will Buck Steel provide me anchor bolt plans for my building?
Yes, stamped engineered anchor bolt plans are included with every building and provided to you as part of your stamped engineered building plans.

Does Buck Steel provide anchor bolts for my building?
No. Anchor bolts are a standard fastener available locally and are normally provided by your concrete contractor. Anchor diameter is listed on the anchor bolt plans for your building and the length of the anchor bolts will be specified on the foundation plans for your building.

What is the difference between foundation plans and anchor bolt plans?
Anchor bolt plans represent the design of the base plants on the columns, showing the location of the anchor bolts used to secure the building to the slab. It is crucial that your concrete contractor have experience reading anchor bolt plans, and follows them exactly – so that the anchor bolts set in your slab line-up with the holes in the base plates of your building’s columns.
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Foundation plans represent the design of the concrete piers poured under each column of your building and more specifically, the size and placement of rebar, wire mesh, and hairpins.

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Codes & Permitting

Will my Buck Steel building meet my local building codes?
Yes, the engineers working on your steel building are licensed in every State and are responsible for making sure that your building is designed to meet your local building codes.

Do I need to pull a permit for my steel building?
With the exception of certain agricultural uses, a permit is likely required. We strongly advise you to contact your local building department to confirm if a permit will be required and to check whether or not local codes will permit you to build a metal steel building.

Will Buck Steel provide me with the engineering for my building?
Yes, stamped engineered building plans and Letter of Certification are included with every building and are provided to you in both digital and printed formats generally within two weeks of your order being placed. Your local building department will require these when you apply for your permit.

Do you have more questions about the steel building process? Have you heard horror stories about steel building companies and are afraid of being taken advantage of? Well, we’ve got you covered! Be sure to read our Steel Building Buying Guide for some very valuable tips we have put together that will hopefully assist you in selecting the right steel building company to assist you with your project! Be sure to also visit our list of Steel Building Terms so that you are familiar with some of the common terms used in the steel building industry!

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