Before I even start this blog post – I will admit that I AM BIASED! I was raised by parents who demanded I be truthful, honest.
They only wanted the BEST for me – but also taught me that I HAD to BE and DO my BEST to earn it. They showed me what it looked like to be a good steward, to NOT WASTE, to do things right and do the RIGHT thing. They encouraged me to THINK, to not just TAKE things as fact just because someone said so, but to do MY OWN homework and research. They showed me the importance of making sure the things meaningful (to me) in my life had value, integrity, durability, quality and purpose; from the people I could choose to be, work , live and play with to the “things” I choose to own, operate, use, share and/or have stewardship over. So quality, value, durability, integrity, flexibility, adaptability and sustainability, just to name a few, would become constants in the measuring of whenever we had freedom to make choices.
And so goes with the products as TEAM PERKA, that we offer, the teammates we attract, the service we aspire to give, the care with which we undertake life’s moments with.
So in this biased sense we feel the PERKA BUILDING’s ‘system’ – offers the highest value as an investment, the most strength for withstanding the elements, the best affordability over the long haul, the most flexibility to adapt to any building need now, as well as being easy and simple to deal with for any modifications, finishing, maintaining be it during the build process or even months, years or decades in the future. Those are the sort of things we hear that are important to builders and building owners alike.
Take the RIGID frame (plate beam) type of building design. It’s own name pretty much says that they are not going to be very “easy or flexible to deal with”. And boy oh boy has that been our experience.
Despite being totally committed and convicted about the many many great things in a hybrid building, we are not always able to convey the information, experiences and testimonials needed to help some folks fully understand. So we still have looked for the best, most affordable “rigid frame” type building sources so that we could still offer this alternative to clients who still want to deal with a company that has the integrity to stand behind their commitments and obligations.
In the couple dozen or so Rigid Frame buildings we supplied over the last few years we can say in total honesty that every one of them has offered up at least one challenge that either cost our client or ourselves MORE money than we originally counted on spending.
Whether it was not having a door positioned in the right place and then having to go through hoops and loops to resolve; or dealing with part after part that was NOT pre-assembled, NOT properly labelled, not fabbed accurately or just NOT there. The fact that we had these issues was not the worst of it — the worst part was what we needed to do to “fix or resolve”. It was not a matter of pulling out the saw to cut a few pieces and fasten them up with some wood grip fasteners. No. We had to first get clearance from engineering to make sure we were not altering the integrity of the building SYSTEM since the buildings TOTAL LOAD capacity is pretty much 100% dependent on EVERY part being the part it’s suppose to be and in the place it is suppose to be and installed the way it is suppose to be installed. ANY deviation of any of these can lead to reduced load capacity and potentially compromise the building’s ability to withstand snow, wind or seismic loads.
Are Rigid buildings strong? Sure they are — but only as strong as they are “built” to the exact specifications of the manufacturer. NO DEVIATIONS. No modifications. No after the fact changes. At least NOT without getting things cleared.
Are Rigid buildings flexible? Yes, but only to the extent you have torches and welders to modify AFTER you get approval and able to afford the typically HIGH COST of beefing up, from the extra labor and the need for more or newer (STEEL) parts to accommodate the change. Which typically can only be purchased from manufacturer. “No substitutes”!
Are Rigid frames EASY and SIMPLE? Only if you know EXACTLY what you want UP FRONT, and basically “never” want to change ANYTHING. If you don’t meet those two criteria… count on complexity, difficulties, delays and worst of all alot MORE MONEY. Not just a little. ALOT!
Are Rigid frames aesthetically pleasing? If you like the main option being JUST STEEL. Yes. Oh you can COVER these with decorative materials — but don’t think about “saving” the steel to put something else on to save money. It won’t happen. You will either have to leave the steel sheeting on, and PAY EXTRA to cover it – or pay alot more for special engineering and structural beef ups to be able to remove the sheeting to allow you to put something else more aesthetically appealing instead. Not exactly a “value added” option!
Are Rigid Frames less costly? Yes – again if you know EXACTLY what you want and DO NOT PLAN to change pretty much ANYTHING! (I guess that’s why they call them RIGID frames!!!). Otherwise — NO. Pure and simple they will cost MORE. And in some cases, as we experienced, ALOT more.
Do your homework. They can be the best solution – but you MUST know what you want and WHO you are getting it from. Otherwise — CAVEAT EMPTOR!!