Frequently Asked Questions

Consultations, Meetings, Questions

Yes, we do. Like any other professional service, we charge a consultation fee for each consultation. We reimburse for paid fees also.
Yes, but only for the initial office and job site consultations. We will return the Initial and Job Site consultation fee in full at the construction phase closing. We will also include a clause in the Contract to Build Agreement stating that this policy is in effect including: If you choose to cancel the project before we start it, the consulting fees will not be refunded.
At our Raleigh office. The second consultation is at the jobsite or building site location. During the first meeting, we are happy to discuss the details of your project with you — each consultation involves a thorough discussion. Building Design and Costs Estimating are not performed during consultations.
It is a class A commercial/industrial steel building that is engineer sealed. It is made of red-iron I-beam structural steel, specifically designed for the commercial/industrial market.
Yes. Homeowners prefer Inco Steel Buildings for their low-cost to build, strength, engineered design, expandability, and extreme low-maintenance.
The answer is in the name: "Inco" is short for "industrial". It's a building that's heavy-duty, made for commercial or industrial use. It is often used for residential applications when allowed by zoning or an HOA.
Yes, we do offer red-iron steel home garages/workshops. Sizes range from 1200 square feet up to 2400 square feet. These are structural steel garages (not tubes), and they can be installed on rural properties or in residential areas with zoning and/or HOA approval(s).
Yes, in most, but not all cases. Always verify in person. Most municipalities require building permits for new construction and specific renovations. Some agricultural and farming properties are often exempt. However, every city, town, and county might be different. Verify all of the requirements, and get (everything) in writing including the department workers' first and last names and their contact information. Download and print all required forms and applications.
Inco Steel Building services are Engineered Steel Buildings, Steel Building Additions & Metal Building Roof Retrofits. Metal Building Insulating Technologies and Advanced Thermal Retrofitting

Credit Application & Report

Yes, during pre-construction. Credit is important to us - we would like to extend credit to our qualified customers. Inco Steel Buildings requires consumers to provide their Experian Connect report so that the company can check a consumer’s credit. Experian Connect is a secure service that allows consumers to check their credit and share it with businesses.
Yes, a credit application is required - we extend credit to our customers. Inco Steel Buildings credit policy is very specific. Every customer must complete an online, secure credit application (Experian Connect), and they must submit the usual credit application documents.
Yes. Experian Connect is Customer Shared Credit Data. Customers request and purchase the report, and provide it to our credit manager. Experian removes “all” sensitive data from the “shared report”.
A completed credit application should include the following SAFE documents: current credit score (average), one bank statement, one financial statement (such as an earnings statement), and one or more letters of recommendation. A letter must be dated and not older than 90 days. It should be signed by the person writing it and include his or her full name, telephone number, complete address, and relationship to the applicant.

Costs & Pricing

Yes we do and in-writing. Turnkey Buildings and DIY Kits
No. We do not. Preliminary sq. ft. pricing is highly ambiguous and is misleading. Information must be collected first from the customer – vendors must be contacted to verify their current pricing materials and services. Architects and builders need to know exactly what customers want before they start pricing and building.
Pre-construction quotes are almost impossible (especially in 2022) to give without detailed information, a job site analysis and a soil evaluation. Also, the owner's written requirements and the building specifications.
We will need information and building design before we can give you a firm quote. First, we need an in-person meeting at our office, a site visit, and complete information about your project. We also need written specifications for the building. After gathering all of the facts, including the building design, a firm price can be established in most cases.
Typically, we only project turnkey buildings when we have specifications in writing. We may compare the price of past completed buildings in discussion. The (whole cost) is the factual (true) costs of a completed building. Whole costs are all-inclusive – it takes into account all of the ancillary costs including the infrastructure costs. For determining what a building cost to construct after it completed, professional builders divide the whole costs number to reach the “cost-per-square-foot”. Pre-construction Guesstimates, PFA’s, Square Foot Prices, or Ballparking are not “whole costs” of a building.

DIY Building Kits, Do-It-Yourself

Yes. A DIY building kit quote includes a written price for the kit. The kit price includes everything you need to build your building, including the wall panels and roof panels, as well as all structural roof and wall components, and all nuts, bolts, fasteners, and screws for the kit. A building kit will also include structural engineering drawings and construction drawings. In addition to the kit price, sales tax and freight will be added to every order. >> Please read: What is EXCLUDED in a DIY building kit? >> Are there any qualifications for ordering a DIY building kit?
Buyer will handle all freight shipment offloading labor, equipment and logistics. >> Optional off loading labor and equipment (by Inco) is available for an additional fee. Other delivery options are available for you to choose from. EXCLUSIONS: The overhead doors, concrete foundation and foundation engineering, and building erection equipment and labor. >> Please read: Are there any qualifications for ordering a DIY building kit?
Yes. As part of ordering a DIY building kit, BUYER must meet all terms, conditions, and occupational qualifications. BUYER must also sign affidavits confirming a safety program, and current licenses for the lifting equipment. BUYER must also have adequate commercial insurance, as well as workers' compensation coverage, in force when placing building orders.

Engineering & Foundations

Yes. Inco Steel Buildings require three distinct engineers in the building process: manufacturing, geotechnical soil, and foundation. I.E,. Structural and Geotechnical.
Yes. Every foundation we pour on turnkey buildings is designed by an licensed engineering professional.
An engineered Inco Steel Building is a steel building that has been designed and engineered by the manufacturer itself for a specific purpose. It will then be erected on a job site, over an engineered foundation in accordance with local building codes. The finished building will meet or exceed all related state building codes, and meets all requirements for wind loading and snow loading.
In North Carolina, there are different types of soil. Different types of soil have different characteristics. Clay soil for example is often problematic and of inadequate bearing capacity. Often, clay does not provide adequate bearing capacity to support for a structure, so an engineered foundation is necessary to support the metal building.
Foundations are one of the essential parts of a structure. They are defined as that part of a structure that transfers the load from the structure built on it to the ground. They also define the part of a structure that carries the weight over a large area of soil. This makes sure the amount of stress on the soil does not exceed its ultimate bearing capacity.
Geotechnical soil bearing capacity analysis is the study of the soil and geological conditions in order to determine their ability to support a planned structure. A bearing capacity analysis will indicate whether the soil and geological conditions will give the necessary support for the planned structure. It will determine the soil’s ability to resist any load imposed upon it by the structure’s foundation and consequently assist the engineer to design the correct foundation.
Yes, they can – and for good reasoning. Pursuant to Chapter 18 of the NCSBC: Geotechnical investigations shall be conducted in accordance with Section 1803.2 and reported in accordance with Section 1803.6. Where required by the building official or where geotechnical investigations involve in-situ testing, laboratory testing or engineering calculations, such investigations shall be conducted by a registered design professional.
Yes, it is. Soil bearing capacity shall be in conformance with Chapter 18 of the North Carolina State Building Code.
Yes, pursuant to Chapter 18 of the NCSBC: Where the classification, strength or compressibility of the soil is in doubt or where a load-bearing value superior to that specified in this code is claimed, the building official shall be permitted to require that a geotechnical investigation be conducted, per 1803.5.3 Expansive Soil

Estimates & Quotes

Yes, we do. Just like any professional service — we charge a fee for costs consulting. Our estimate is in-writing, its ready-to-build, and its ready to be signed. Costs estimating requires man-hours involving multiple professionals in multiple businesses, and requires numerous resources over several days in an office to compile. Time is required to meet with clients in our office, and on the job site and gather all of the information needed to compile an accurate estimate.
Yes, we can, and in writing, and yes there is a fee.. We are consultants – we are doing work. For consulting and estimating, we do charge a fee for both. QUOTES: We provide two types of written quotes: Turnkey Buildings and DIY Kits. TURNKEY: For a turnkey building on your land, we provide whole building costs in a detailed proposal. We offer a comprehensive metal building quotation system that is not comparable to most internet price lists. DIY: Our DIY (Do-It-Yourself) kits come with the entire price written down for your consideration, delivered to your address with delivery options available for you to choose from. You will need to meet ALL terms and conditions and qualifications before ordering the kit. DIY NOTES: Building Owners who order DIY kits must meet all the terms, conditions, and occupational qualifications, as well as sign a statement confirming their safety programs, licenses, and commercial insurances and workers' insurance coverage.
Complete our estimate form on this website. Find and work with a "local" metal building contractor professional. Provide your contractor with specific instructions, and building specifications. Any contractor you hire should be required to follow the exact same instructions. The instructions should be clear, and any materials and construction methods that you want in the building should be listed in detail.
We believe that the answer is because customers give different instructions to contractors, and they provide those verbally. If a customer gives conflicting or unclear instructions, then the contractors may have to guess the meaning of their requests. Verbal instructions are never OK for a financial proposition or financial comparison. Written instructions can ensure a fair (and) intelligent comparison when all parties have the same information.
Complete our estimate form on this website. Get a turnkey quote only from a local, licensed builder. The first step is to work with a professional builder who knows HOW TO DEVELOP THE JOB AND PRICE THE JOB. Developing a relationship with a builder will save you money, and most importantly provide the peace-of-mind that is priceless. After this, job costing is established when the whole job has been reviewed and finalized. This will include the building site preparation through the final key turn. Lastly, stop looking/focusing on the TRAP known as “square foot costs”. A professional builder will develop “whole building costs”. The whole building costs is the price the job will cost in reality.
Complete our estimate form on this website. Find a local, licensed metal building contractor first. Provide written specifications and instructions to each contractor. Customer requirements should be listed - there should be no guesswork. Equivalences, if any from the bidder, must be clearly listed by the bidder(s). Job inclusions and exclusions must also be clearly noted by each bidder.

Land Surveying

At Inco Steel Buildings, a construction staking or a site layout survey is where a land survey engineer interprets construction plans and marks the proposed new constructions’ locations on the physical land. The building "corners" of the proposed structure are "pinned" or "marked" with wooden stakes that are flagged. Most often, steel nails are set into the stakes to precisely locate the building corners, and form a right triangle.
At Inco Steel Buildings, a property survey is derived from a registered land survey professional. The surveyor certifies the location and legal description of the property. A scaled legal drawing is generated to describe the property. The final drawings issued by the land surveyor are legally binding documents.
At Inco Steel Buildings, a boundary survey will identify the exact location of your property corners. It accurately demarcates where your land begins and ends. If the property corners cannot be located visually, a land survey engineer is called to locate and mark the corners.
At Inco Steel Buildings, a topographic survey is a map of your land. A topographic survey shows the size, depth, location and shape of any manmade or natural features on your land. It also shows changes in elevation throughout the land.
At Inco Steel Buildings, an elevation survey shows the lowest point of elevation on a property. It also identifies if the property is in a flood zone and precisely locates it on a map.
At Inco Steel Buildings, a foundation location survey is a survey of the position of a building foundation. The purpose of this survey is to collect information about where a building foundation was constructed, to determine if it was in the right location, and located on the property entirely. The survey is taken immediately after the foundation of a building is placed, and before the construction of the structure. The survey is an important document that shows the position of the foundation and whether it meets the zoning requirements.
At Inco Steel Buildings, an As-built Survey is a record of the improvements built on the property during the construction phase. It is completed and documented by a registered land surveyor at the end of the construction activity.
At Inco Steel Buildings, a Finished Floor Height Level Survey is a measurement of where the height of the floor will be in a proposed building. It is performed by a licensed surveyor or engineer, and it is completed early in the pre-construction phase. The floor height is determined by maps and marked by the surveyor at the construction site. This is how the builder or general contractor will measure and establish the floor height. This survey is typically required in flood-prone, high-risk areas such as coastal, oceanfront, rivers, and other low-lying areas including areas of environmental concern.
At Inco Steel Buildings, a site plan survey is required in-the-beginning of the process. A site plan is drawn to legal scale and is used to obtain building permits for property improvements including new metal buildings construction. The site plan will typically illustrate al existing structures and any proposed structures, the existing trees, the proposed grading, silt and tree fencing, and property area calculations. Requirements for the survey varies by each municipality. Most professional builders require customers to have a surveyor-prepared site plan. This is a matter of record that will be stored in the customer’s file.