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Old 02-21-17, 12:35 AM   #1
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Steel building for a bicycle warehouse, your opinion.

Hi,

I run a bicycle shop in a rented building. I am going to shift from there. I have a plot and I was thinking about constructing a building that can sever as the warehouse and the retail store. We have the sales of almost all the major sports bicycle.

My question is this. I wish to build a pre-engineered steel building as I have read online that they are efficient, cheap and saves a lot of time for construction. Time equals money. Furthermore, the steel buildings ar very popular around here for industrial and commercial buildings.

I haven't worked inside the steel building, so can anyone advise me whether a steel building is good for a warehouse or store and is there anything that I should consider to insulate the building.

Thank you.
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Old 02-21-17, 01:27 AM   #2
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There are many things to consider. For a business, presentation is everything. So, you'll need a store front that is inviting to your customers. In some cases it might mean a rugged appearance. In other cases a homey appearance. It should also be important how you blend with neighbors.

Display windows are nice, but not all shops invite window shopping.

Inevitably barn roofs leak, but the hidden fastener roofs are extremely good and leakproof, especially with insulation to prevent condensation.

You list Canada, so I would think very good insulation would be important for working 12 months a year. Your questions about insulation and interior finishing are probably best for your vendor. Perhaps also hire an architect. Are you constructing a multi-story building? You probably don't need 30 foot high ceilings..

You likely will also need building permits, so your city/county building inspectors would also be good resources.
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All good info from CliffordK. I would add only that three of the most important factors to a business's success are Location, Location, and Location. No need to explain / detail here as we don't know your area or your clientele, but give a lot of thought to how a location change would affect things. The move could be a benefit or it could be a significant impact. Also be sure to get input from people not connected to your business.
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