Would you rather take the simple route and choose a building already designed? Take a look at our pre-designed buildings and let us know if one of them works for you! Couldn’t find a pre-designed building that fits your needs or preferences? Let us help you with a few tips when it comes to working together on your design for a LOOK Building.
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This is important when you are deciding if you would like vaulted ceilings, attic space, the traditional “barn” look with a gambrel truss, or your standard gable truss. Let us help you figure out which would work best for your needs.
Garage Door Size
Be sure to measure the size of a trailer, equipment or vehicle that you will be driving through and leave at least 6”-2’ of space above and on the sides. If you have a camper, don’t forget to measure the air conditioner on top of the roof!
Should be a minimum of 1’ higher than your tallest garage door to allow room for the track. 2’ can be more cost effective for the door itself.
2×4 or 2×6 STURDI-LOK® wall system allows you to easily insulate the interior along with all major interior finishes.
2’o.c. truss system would best fit a building that plans to be finished on the interior, has a roof finish other than metal, or is in a high elevation.
Exterior Finishes don’t have to be just metal! You can finish it with stucco, vinyl, brick, stone, wainscot, etc. Ask about the other products we have available!
A monolithic slab is a full concrete pad poured in one step. A typical mono slab is 4”, but you can make it thicker depending on your needs; 5”, 6”. This is the most common foundation used for buildings.
Foundation: Footer and Stemwall
Footer & Stemwall is most common for areas that have living quarters, as it allows for a crawl space to better insulate and maintain plumbing, etc. This is also a good option if you need to save money on concrete. You can fill the inside with gravel or sand, and pour a concrete pad at a later date.
Concrete piers will be placed for a pole barn (post-in-ground), or shed roofs when necessary.
Although it can add to your cost, overhangs serve a purpose for rain protection and the overall look of the building. If you choose not to have an overhang, consider installing gutters.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
That’s an easy one to answer! First, a LOOK building is more conventional – that means it can be insulated from top to bottom, warm in winter, cool in summer. Your building will also allow for electrical systems – no exposed wires or unsightly conduit. And – this is very important – many of our customers who have steel buildings realize too late that heating and cooling can be very expensive. For instance, you can’t put an evaporative cooler on a steel roof (especially a rounded one)! Those are just a few of the considerations, ask us for more!
Our STURDI-LOK® walls make a huge difference. Contractors that have used our system confirm our buildings go up faster and are much stronger than many other types of pre-made buildings. Customization is of course key – you can add or change our systems easily and economically. Many pre-manufactured structures have packages that do not allow this type of flexibility – ours does!
Certainly, many of our clients do, and we have helpful tips to guide you through the process. However, we also have a list of preferred contractors whom you can work with.
Cost is always a consideration, but so is durability. We think once you compare costs between the different building styles, ease, and convenience of the build, strength, and longevity, you’ll choose a LOOK building over any other.