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trs900
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 2 Florida
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2004-12-22          102746


I have been looking to erect a building and want quality & performance for the long haul.. 50 X 100 etc.. I got a price from Morton for a 54 x 105 with 2 14x14 doors and a couple of service doors, a few extras..etc. $78,000 did not include ground prep or concrete floor.. price was installed.. metal buildings 50x100 16ft eves seem to run around $35,000 with insulation, a few options..over hang etc.. no doors.. price for building delivered only..I would have to erect.. this by the way is going in Georgia around Thomasville... seems to me quality of Morton was good, sure looks nicer than a standard metal building.. wasn't sure about wood being set in concrete but was told it had a 50yr.?? warranty.. are these prices in the ball park.. and what would you recommend.. by the way this is my fist post.. I will be using building to store cars, boats, workshop..etc..

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2004-12-23          102774


Not familiar with building in Ga. but allow me to put in 2 cents.
I did the site prep, for two large Morton buildings about ten years ago. The buildings materials seem fine and Morton has been around a long time.

But, in this case they were erected by a sub- contractor not Morton employee's. This is common in many aspects of building and I would want to check out the sub contractor if indeed that is who will buid this for you. I was not impressed with the footings and concrete work, or the method of attachment.
There are many details and specs that should be put in writing for your protection.
I would find out who will be erecting it and go look at one
that is 5-10 years old.
Remember this, a sub-contractor is paid a set price,usually
a per sq. foot price. The quicker they get it done the more they make.
Quality is not always a priority.
Merry Christmas! ....

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2004-12-23          102778


Morton seemed to be the leader in pole sheds around here 20-30 years ago, maybe a little longer than that, most of them they built back them depending on how well they were taken care of by the owner still look pretty good except for the paint fade. I don't think the paint fade thing was only a Morton problem as most any steel shed built that long ago has been repainted. I checked with them on a couple different times that we built, and it just seemde to come out that we could get a like quality builing by having a local contractor whom we usually worked with on the erection for lots less money. Also we've allways bought the material localy because they never had a problem standing behind what they sold us. Seems like most everyone in this aeria has gone about the same route we did as I haven't saw a new Morton or for that matter any national brand type building for a long time. We always did our own grading and fill work which also makes it lots nicer to work with local people. Best of luck. Frank. ....

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2004-12-23          102788


Around here Morton is still number one. But probably because they are located here. ....

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2004-12-23          102790


I faced the same dilemma 2 years ago. I really wanted the looong haul. We have termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bee, and rot in my area. I like low maint. and few worries. I have seen "treated" poles rot off in 20 years. The bug have attacked all that I have. ....

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2004-12-23          102792


I looked into all steel buildings, no wood at all. I liked what I saw and liked the idea of clear span. I bit the bullet and went steel although it cost a bit more. I have no worries from bugs and water. EVERTHING is bolted and screwed if repairs are needed from a tree falling or reckless tractor driver. ....

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2004-12-23          102793


If you are considering doing it yourself or with a local contractor, check out Miracle Truss, and Kentucky Steel buildings, they used a system of trusses rather than I beams and may be easier for the average person. I chose I-beam for price and had local guy build it. I went with a high pitch to match house and garage, not low pitch like an industrial warehouse. ....

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2004-12-24          102891


An old-timer buddy who used to erect metal buildings told me that all-metal buildings will sweat much faster than a wood-n-metal. And for that reason roof insulation must be used. Otherwise, there will be annoying puddles of water everywhere condensation finds a place to drip from. Another thing he says preserves the life of a building (wood or metal) is to build a masonry (block/brick) wall from the footer up about 4-6 feet. Then start the siding from there up. This prevents rain splashing which will rust the panels, and reduces damage to siding from errant tractor rides and mowers. Building a block wall also adds security as, at least in our area, there have been been many break-ins where criminals have unscrewed siding panels or cut them with a cordless drills or circular saw. Locks only keep honest people out! ....

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2004-12-24          102900


I was not to happy to see Morton putting support wood into concrete.. as down here in Florida I have seen pressure treated wood be eaten up in less than 1 year..as it was just laying on the ground, fence posts in concrete rot as well.. .. Morton uses 3 pieces of 2 x 8" pressure treated boards as support and truss beams, if I recall correctly.. building sure looked nice at the Georgia Expo though.. ....

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