Holiday Season is Festive Season
The “holiday season” is a North American term that typically refers to the period of time, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year celebrations. It runs between late November and January, but in more recent times, the holiday season has been backed up to kick off with Halloween. So, the holiday season now essentially incorporates all of November, all of December, and the first week of January. But since the next holiday to fall on the 2021 calendar is Thanksgiving, we’ll turn our focus there.
Thanksgiving is Really About the Food
Thanksgiving is recognized as being a day of gratitude – a time for giving thanks for all of our blessings. For Americans in particular, the Thanksgiving celebration has come to revolve around sharing a big dinner with family and loved ones. What do we like to eat at Thanksgiving? Consider these recent statistics:
- Americans tend to buy around 365 million pounds of turkey during the last week of November.
- We consume some 250 million pounds of potatoes (in all varieties) during Thanksgiving.
- Ham is another popular Thanksgiving main dish, weighing in at approximately 77 million pounds.
- We like pie. Over 28 million pies were sold in America during Thanksgiving 2017 alone.
- Let it roll. We purchase over 40 million rolls to consume for Thanksgiving.
- Sweet potatoes, too. Over 57 million pounds of sweet potatoes are served for Thanksgiving every year.
But Where to Celebrate Thanksgiving? Consider a Large Metal Building or Storage Shed
Trying to find a good spot for hosting your Thanksgiving dinner celebration? There’s no need to try and cram people inside your dining room or den – think about using your large metal building or storage shed instead! You may not typically think of a metal building as being a festive spot, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be. From a practical standpoint, a large metal building is almost certainly larger than any room in your house. Plus, if something should get spilled out there, it’s much easier to clean than if it were to fall on your indoor carpet.
How Could a Large Metal Building Benefit Your Business at Thanksgiving?
Do you raise turkeys or hogs? Or perhaps you’re a butcher, meat market, or food distributor? If so, then choosing to take advantage of investing in a large metal building could be a smart move for your business. During high-demand seasons like Thanksgiving, EVERYONE needs a turkey or ham (or both), and folks are looking to buy some good sides for their family dinner, too. Do you have the right kind of facility for accommodating the growth of your turkey farm or pig farm? Or, if you’re a food processor or food distributor, do you have enough storage space to meet your increased food provision demands during key holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter? A sturdy steel structure could be the perfect solution for your growing business!
Consider the Benefits of a Steel Structure
Enclosed metal buildings are great for vehicle parking, equipment storage, agricultural pursuits, general storage, and much more – including hosting holiday events & gatherings, raising poultry & livestock, food distribution, and more. And there are several specific reasons to choose steel. Light-gauge steel boasts the best strength-to-weight ratio of any construction material; it’s weather-resistant, pest-resistant, fire-resistant, and easy to maintain.
Planning for Your Own Large Metal Shed or Metal Storage Building
If you’re ready to start making plans for installing your own custom metal structure, here are some good tips to keep in mind:
Decide What You Need in a Metal Building
What vehicles, equipment, or other property are you looking to protect whenever you’re not hosting a holiday gathering? Or, how much are you looking to grow your agricultural or food distribution business this year? Are you interested in an open-air cover, a fully-enclosed space, or a combination metal building which includes both? In terms of metal structure size and design, your options are pretty much unlimited.
It’s Smart to Go Bigger
How much building space will you need to be able to meet all of your intended usage goals? Many metal building buyers make the mistake of not getting a big enough building to meet their future needs. The truth is that it’s easier – and cheaper – to go ahead and get a bigger building now, rather than having to plan for a second building expansion later. It’s also a good idea to measure the dimensions of all vehicles and items you know you want to store to come up with a better estimate of your current building space needs.
How Big Is Your Building Site?
How much available space do you have for installing a metal building on your property? If your lot is on the narrow side, a side-entry garage could be a great solution. Or, if you’re limited in terms of square footage of available space, it would make good sense to go with a taller building plan. A vertical-roof steel structure can often be built to reach heights of 20 feet if desired.
Factor in Your Local Climate
Do you live in an area that tends to get some extreme weather? The good news is that there’s a metal building for that too, but you’ll need to plan accordingly. Consider choosing a sturdier 12-gauge steel frame, versus the 14-gauge frame that comes standard with many steel tubing structures. You’ve got options when it comes to the gauge of your metal roofing and paneling, too. Also, make sure that everything is properly secured and anchored for your foundation type, and your metal building should last you for decades to come.
What About Building Certification and Permit Requirements?
What about metal building certification? Certification simply means that a professional engineer has designed your building to meet the minimum required ratings for wind loads and snow loads. Certification isn’t required in all areas, but we still recommend you consider adding certification for any metal building you’re looking to install for greater peace of mind, if nothing else. And as far as local permit regulations go, it’s best to check in with your local building authority to see what the guidelines are for installing metal buildings in your area.
Are You a DIYer? Consider a Custom Metal Building Kit
Are you someone who likes to get things done yourself? If so, a metal building kit could be the way to go for you. You still get to design the building you want, and all the metal components are specifically fabricated to meet your exact building needs. You’ll be provided with all the essential building materials you’ll need, and then you can work on installing your own metal building on your time. And one more benefit of going with a metal building kit? You’ll receive a discount on your metal building purchase price, too.
Partner with the Right Metal Building Provider
There are plenty of metal building dealers out there these days, and it’s important to do your homework so you can choose the best provider for you. Here are a few questions you’ll want to answer about any metal building supplier you’re considering:
- Do you have a physical office somewhere? Do I have the ability to come meet with you in person to discuss my metal building project?
- Do you actually serve my local area? The last thing you want to do is to go through the effort and expense of contracting with a particular metal building provider, only to learn later that they can’t install in your area, or can’t provide the specific metal building you want or need.
- Who manufactures your buildings? What local or regional manufacturers do you partner with?
- What do you offer in terms of building customizations? Can you help me tailor my metal building to check all of my boxes? Can I work with you to design my own custom metal building?
- Are you accredited with the BBB? What’s your BBB rating? What do customers say about you on Google, Facebook, and other relevant review sites?
We hope these tips will be helpful as you make your holiday plans, as well as your metal building plans for your home or business. Got some specific questions? Want to chat with a metal building expert? Just reach out to the pros at THE BOSS at (336) 673-3065. We’d be happy to listen to your metal building goals and dreams, and we can help you get whatever you need!