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Purchasing an Agricultural Building in Florida? Here's What to Expect

a year ago

Florida Agricultural Facts

Florida is much more than just luxurious beaches and amusement parks! The southernmost state in the US is home to vibrant and diverse agriculture industry. These farms service industries such as grapefruits, oranges, tomatoes, and even sugar cane. In fact, Florida ranked first for its production of bell peppers. Let’s take a deeper dive into some important facts about Florida’s agricultural industry: • The sunshine state is home to over 47,000 commercial farms that occupy almost 9.7 million acres of land • Florida is the number one producer of over seven different crops • The average Floridian farmer could potentially feed over 100 people • Tomatoes contributed $426 million to the Floridian economy in 2019

One aspect that is a constant threat to these enormous industries is the Floridian weather. The region regularly sees incredibly violent thunderstorms, hail, flooding, and tornados, not to mention the significant hurricane threats the state witnesses each year. These storms wreak havoc on farms, destroying crops, killing livestock, and causing untold amounts of property damage. That’s precisely why so many farmers are turning to the strength that certified metal buildings have to offer.

Considerations Before Purchasing a Metal Building

Purchasing an agricultural building or steel building kit is a big step that requires ample research and planning. Farmers that are interested in obtaining one of our structures should consider several things to ensure a smooth process:

1. The purpose of the building

Understanding your building’s application will dictate much of its final design. You'll need to know exactly what you’ll require out of your new metal structure, from the dimensions to customization options.

2. Location

The location of your building is essential. You'll want to plan ahead and choose land that's level and sits above the flood plain to prevent flooding. Additionally, taking account of how much surrounding space is available will serve you well if you ever seek to build additions.

3. Foundation Type

You'll have several different foundation types available to you, each with its own set of benefits. These include: • Dirt • Asphalt • Concrete

4. Water Sources

Is your building going to be set up for water? Will you be servicing animals or livestock? Planning out your water sources ahead of time will save you tons of headaches during the installation process.

5. Future Additions

Thinking ahead and planning for any future additions to your building will keep you from encountering issues when the time comes. Our metal buildings are designed to be easily updated and expanded should you need more room!

6. Ventilation

Ensuring that your building has ample ventilation is crucial, especially if you intend to house animals. This can be achieved by adding doors, windows, and even circulation vents to your building design.

7. Permits

If you’ve ever constructed anything, you’re fully aware that you must secure the proper building permits. To do this, you’ll need to contact your local building inspector to find out what permits and fees you’ll need to contend with prior to constructing your building.

Why Florida Farmers and Ranchers Prefer Metal Buildings to Wood

Back in the day, wooden structures were the status quo. However, many Floridians realize that prefab metal buildings offer much more than wooden alternatives. Unlike stick-built structures, the benefits of steel buildings are virtually endless. These benefits include:

• Long Lifespan

Our structures are incredibly durable and made to last for years with very little maintenance.

• Budget-Friendly

Did you know that steel buildings can be built at a fraction of the cost of wooden structures? Sometimes even up to 50% cheaper!

• Mother Nature Resistant

Whether it’s high winds, heavy rains, or abundant snowfall, our structures are engineered to stand up to almost any weather, keeping you and your valuables safe.

• Resistant to Pests

Preventing pests is a crucial part of maintaining a farm. Insects and rodents can destroy crops, food supplies, and equipment. Wood-boring insects can also destroy stick-built structures right before your eyes. But not steel! Metal buildings offer no bedding or food source for creepy crawlies, ensuring that your stuff remains safe and untouched!

• Resistant to Fire

Steel buildings can survive intense fires! In fact, our metal buildings are rated to hold up to temperatures as high as 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That's hotter than most common wildfires!

• Enormous Sizes

With designs like our clear span structures, metal buildings can be built at massive sizes, making them perfect for warehouses, storage buildings, and agricultural installations.

Florida Farmers! Get Your Agricultural Steel Buildings Today!

Florida is home to big skies and countless acres of farms. These farms are operated by experts that know their crops, livestock, and supplies must endure Florida’s violent weather. And that’s why so many are turning to the strength of metal buildings by Probuilt Steel Buildings. These structures can stand up to high winds, hailstorms, and even hurricane gusts.

No matter where in the Sunshine State you live, Probuilt Steel Buildings aims to be your one-stop-shop for all things metal. It doesn't matter if you're looking for a simple equipment shed or an enormous agricultural building; we have the skills and the steel to get the job done! Our metal buildings can be built quickly, efficiently and will stand for years to come with virtually no need for repairs. So, what are you waiting for? Give us a call today at (877) 754-1818! Our dedicated building experts can help you design, customize, and install the metal building you've been dreaming of!

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