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Self-Installation or Professional Installation: Which Should I Choose for My Metal Building

By Carport Charlie   |   Posted In: Installation

Professional Installation vs DIYers

When purchasing a custom metal building, many people opt to have a professional team of installers to their home or place of business to erect the structure, while others choose to save money by performing their own steel building installation. Since both can be great options, it’s important to understand which one is best for you. Here are some pros and cons to consider for each:

Pros / Cons of Steel Building Self-Installation

Pro: Typically you can expect to save about a 5% discount off the cost of your building since many steel building distributors include installation and delivery in their pricing.

Pro: Many do-it-yourselfers enjoy the satisfaction of putting up their own metal sheds, carports, garages, or other custom buildings.

Con: Unexpected challenges that arise for an inexperienced installer during the installation process can delay a project by days, weeks, or longer.

Con: Improper installation can lead to problems with structural integrity and/or protection from the elements (i.e. leaking, excess condensation, etc.).

Cons of DIYers

Pros / Cons of Professional Installation for Your Metal Garage, Carport, Workshop or Barn

Pro: Your custom metal carport or other metal building will be installed and ready to use within a day—all without you having to lift anything heavier than your coffee cup.

Pro: Professional installers can troubleshoot issues with leveling or other concerns that could arise prior to or during the installation process.

Pro: In the case of metal workshops, metal barns, or other large custom metal buildings, extra sets of hands are ready to handle large, bulky pieces.

Con: It is more expensive than erecting your own prefab steel building.

While prefab metal building kits are designed to be fairly easy to install, it is important to note that most problems that occur with steel buildings are due to improper installation. If you are great with do-it-yourself projects and have an extra pair of hands (or two), self-installation can be a great option for you!

Carport Central offers a wide variety of metal buildings and metal building kits for sale. You can have our professional installation team do the work for you or get the discounted price, by picking it up at one of our facilities and doing your own installation. Contact us today to get started on your new custom metal garage, carport, shed, workshop, or barn.


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