On LinkedIn, I am a member of a builder discussion group. Recently this question was posed:
“Do you use inferior products to get your bid down low or use the right product knowing you will lose the job on price?”
Anthony LoCoco, owner of Traditions Home Improvement Service, LLC in Illinois responded with this answer, “At the end of the day you have gotta look at what you have done and be proud of it. There are certain core principles that we all have that just are not up for compromise. I like to tell folks to watch Holmes on Homes, at times he can be a bit over-the-top & I don’t always agree with his methodology BUT in the end his heart is in the right place and you get to see what a lot of sub-par contractors do on a wide spectrum and the time and costs of redoing it the right way.”
Whether a building contractor, design professional or manufacturer, it all comes down to the ability of being able to sleep at night, knowing the job was done right.
In my humble opinion, there is only one way to do things, the right way. When Hansen Buildings does a post frame building design, our state-of-the-art computer design programs check the strength and stiffness of each and every component of the building. Not just individually, but also how they interact with other parts of the building system. The imposed loads include snow, wind and seismic loads, as well as the required combinations of these. Even down to the last fastener, every piece is checked.
But, even the best designs are for naught, if the installer fails to construct per plan, or the directions are not properly followed.
When I was a pole building contractor, it used to drive me nuts when one of our crews would make a small error. Instead of using their cell phone to make a five minute call (which would have given them the correct solution), they would spend the entire day compounding the issue!
Talking about crew issues like these, I explain, “This is why my forehead is flat and my hair is thin!”
These very issues have led to the creation of what we feel is by far the best set of pole building installation instructions in the construction industry. Included is every possible error we have ever heard of, and not only did we write out the correct way to do the job, but also included drawings and live photos.
Most important is for you to have your pole building done right, the first time!
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