Do I need a lift for my metal building installation?

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If you’re planning to install a metal building, it’s important to know whether you’ll need a lift to help with the process. Providing the appropriate equipment for a safe, proper installation should be as important to you as it is to us. Here’s how to determine if you’ll need a lift for the new building installation.

What are the determining factors?

The main factors to consider are the width and height of your building.

What size buildings don’t require a lift?

Generally speaking, if your building is less than 26 feet wide or less than 13 feet high your installation will not require a lift.

Are there exceptions?

Yes. Any building 32 feet or wider will require a lift regardless of its height.

Easy to follow lift infographic

The infographic below is designed to help you visualize the process of determining if you need a lift.

Lift infographic

Why do those size buildings require a lift?

For several reasons. In some cases, the height of the legs on your metal building can make it impossible for crews to set without a lift. Because installation crews use 12-foot ladders, a 13-foot leg height, or taller, makes it more difficult for them to get onto the roof and properly secure the building.

Some of our metal buildings can be quite large, and the trusses that support them are extremely heavy and difficult for crews to handle. Having a lift, or sometimes even a crane, gives them the ability to ensure the trusses are set properly and securely.

Who is responsible for renting the lift?

Many other companies will make you, the customer, responsible for finding and scheduling the lift or crane yourself. We at Northedge Steel want to make your installation as smooth and simple as possible. During your initial ordering or scheduling consultation one of our building professionals will help determine the need for a lift and any associated fees.

Still not sure if you need a lift?

If you’re still not sure whether you need a lift for your metal building installation, it’s best to consult with one of our building professionals at 1-765-591-8080. They’ll be able to assess your specific situation and give you the best advice for ensuring a safe and successful installation.

Northedge Steel is a premier manufacturer of high quality, fully customized steel garages, barns, carports, sheds and utility buildings. Our expert workmanship, knowledgeable customer service, and extremely flexible financing and rent-to-own payment options are the best in the industry. If you are ready to purchase a metal building for your home or business, please contact us today.

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