Is very much a part of customer service because if you should have any concerns about your building purchase this is where you should start investigating. Having knowledgeable customer service representatives is only the beginning. In addition to the 40 year paint, the 25 year galvalume rust through, the stainless steel fastener warranties discussed; your building also comes with a 1 year workmanship warranty on welds and materials and a lifetime snow and wind load warranty. With fully integrated plants and engineering we can provide you with an unlimited time frame on the entire steel structure being designed to the snow and wind load requirements requested on your contract for a lifetime of use with these warranties being passed directly to the end customer.
ENGINEERING & DESIGN
Building Collapse Due to SnowMarch 2003 - Denver, CO
6-7 Feet of Snow in Some Areas
COMPETITION: Wood frame competitors usually only have a 5 year warranty on wind and a 5-20 year pro-rated warranty that reduces each year on snow and wind (even though most collapses from snow are credited to wind) and a 10 year warranty on paint. This results in significantly higher insurance cost. The broker and "frame shop" competitors, which are not integrated plants, can not very realistically warranty a complete building due to the fact that they provide components and engineering from so many different vendors that determining who warranties the entire building is extremely difficult compared to when your building is designed, engineered and fabricated under strict guidelines from our engineering and quality control teams.
Armor Steel Buildings are manufactured in fully integrated Plants where practically all components are designed, engineered and fabricated under the supervision of some of the most experienced engineering staff in the industry. Our engineering staff alone has over 50 years experience in pre-engineered buildings and are Engineer Certificated in all 50 states and most Canadian providences. This provides you with the ability to receive the most complex buildings, completely designed, engineered, manufactured and delivered directly to your job site.
COMPETITION: Many competitors are brokers who have no equipment and simply purchase components to make steel buildings from many different suppliers and then sell steel building parts that have not been engineered. Others pay an independent drafting firm to produce "plans" then pay an independent engineer to stamp the plans, who is not involved with the company that supplies the parts, let alone who oversees design, engineering and fabrication. Other small manufactures simply have the basic hand or portable mig welding machines to make only the beams. These "frame shops" also do not oversee the design, engineering and fabrication of the entire building, but purchase all other items required to produce your building from outside steel suppliers and usually have these components shipped by the supplier to you with out ever checking the quality or quantity.
Building Collapse Due to Hurricane and Tornado
Engineered design has a "safety" factor designed into the strength of the beams for snow and wind load that usually exceeds the minimum allowed design by 5-20%. This additional strength designed into the beams may cost more but gives you the peace of mind that your main structural support was not designed to the lowest possible minimum and as a result allows for a point load of approximately 500-1000 pounds of temporary lift from the beams when the beams are not under a snow or wind load stress.
COMPETITION: Many competitors design the building to the lowest possible minimums and some do not have them fabricated to any specific design loads at all. Others simply put into your contract that the owner is responsible for re-moving any snow from the roof which could allow them to not design the beams or building for any snow load at all since you would be responsible for climbing up on the roof and shoveling the snow off.
To provide the highest quality product available your color coated panels have two coatings. The coils the panels are made using an AZ55 Galvalume coating which is 55% aluminum, 45% zinc, and has a 25-year rust through perforation warranty by the steel mill. In addition, color coated panels have an additional coating over the top of the galvalume coating that carries a 30 year coating warranty against chipping, cracking, peeling and blistering of the paint.
COMPETITION: While some competitors provide only a galvanized coating that comes with a 1-year warranty, most competitors provide the patented galvalume coating. However, many only provide a 20 year warranty on the color coating and some provide only five or ten year paint warranties unless you demand the higher quality. This is the reason that many competitors leave off any reference to coating warranties on their quotes. (Be sure to always ask for certificates of warranties)