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Frequently Asked Questions

Doing Business with Fortify

Thats a great question. We believe, unequivocally, that what sets Fortify apart from others in the market are our standards.  
We are affiliated with several independent organizations, such as the International Accreditation Service (IAS), the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB), that review our standards and practices on a regular basis and issue their respective approval based on their findings. We are, and have always been, in good standing with these organizations. 

In addition, we have several internal checks and balances in place to ensure that your steel building is not only an extremely good value, but that it will also meet the specified codes and loads requirements of your particular locality. 
Read more about what makes us a leader in the metal building and roofing market.

Our Products & Benefits

We want to make sure that the investment that you make in your property lasts as long as possible. This is why we provide a variety of warranties that will help protect the lifespan of your metal building projects when applied with proper installation and care.  Some of our warranties include the Weathertightness Warranty, Standard I, II, and III Weathertightness Warranty, Paint Warranty, Saltwater and Marine Atmosphere Warranty – just to list a few. Learn about our entire catalog of warranties here. 

The best type of metal building for your project would be one that meets or surpasses the most important criteria for your particular build and supports the longest lifespan for your build. This looks different for everyone, so we suggest taking into consideration some of the following things Occupancy Level, Dimensions, Location, and Permit Requirements. These are only a few things to keep in mind when selecting your metal building preference, but we suggest reading this article to get more precise details on each of these, plus additonal considerations.  

There are three main metal roof types: Gable, Single-Slope, and Lean-to.  
A Gable roof is defined by the triangular portion of the endwall from the level of the eave to the ridge of the roof and are the most common metal roof type. The benefits of metal gable roofs are that they easily shed water and snow as well as allow for more space, providing higher vaulted ceilings and better ventilation. 
A single-slope roof type requires the sloping of one plane. The slope extends from one sidewall to the opposite sidewall. You often see these metal roof types on retail shopping centers as they are an aesthetically pleasing option. 
A lean-to is more of an addition as opposed to a roof type however, lean-to’s are very distinctly identified and can have a common roof line if attached at the eave of the main building or a different pitch if connected at least 8” below eave.

 Learn more about each roof slope in our article about the topic

Yes. Metal roofing is a better value long term than selecting asphalt roofing. Metal roofing offers superior durability, often lasting 40-50 years longer than traditional shingle roofing. They are also exceptionally resistant to harsh weather conditions and require immensely less repairs and maintenance when properly installed and cared for.

Sustainability has become an increasingly important point to consider when designing a new building. This article speaks to some of the characteristics that make our prefabricated steel buildings an environmentally-friendly option that will conserve natural resources and reduce environmental impacts 

The advantages of metal buildings are numerous. The flexibility in design allows you to make choices on what you want in your building, providing you with virtually limitless options on the building you desire. The sustainability and ability for materials to be recycled is another benefit that makes metal so attractive for storage buildings. Also, the durability and resistance to elements of metal buildings means you can rest easy knowing that your assets, equipment or vehicles are well preserved inside. Metal buildings are better suited to seismic events. 

Learn more about the advantages of pre-engineered metal buildings and benefits of metal storage buildings

There are several aspects of metal roofing that make it the most optimal solution for a new or existing build. Metal roofs are durable and offer a lengthy lifespan. Their low maintenance design can save money and time over the life of your roof a require minimal maintenance in comparison to traditional asphalt roofing. 

Project Planning

We offer a variety of custom-designed solutions that give you the flexibility to design your building to any width, length, or height with a variety of available accessories and customization options. This article gives detail into the many ways that you can customize your build to not only meet your design requirements, but also ensure that you meet the required building codes. Here at Fortify, we don’t believe in sacrificing functionality for aesthetics – or vice versa!

Some of the major factors to consider when planning a metal building are the size and location of the drainage system, its proximity to other structures, and climate. However, while its important to consider these things, its equally as important to plan ahead to avoid unexpected occurances.

Dive into more detail with our Project Planner or our Top Things to Consider blog article

The Fortify Building Visualizer brings your vision to life! Use an existing template or go custom and submit your design to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives for a quote. Try it out here. 

While we understand the importance of a budget and see the value in allocating funds for certain purchases, Fortify chooses to provide products that merit the worth of the item. Here is what we mean by this - When it comes to investment, like a steel building that you plan to use for decades, our priority is not providing you with the most affordable solution, but to ensure you get a good value and unmatched quality. Contact Us for more insight into our logic, as well as the costs associated with a steel building.  

Metal buildings are known for their minimal requirement of maintenance. However, the need for maintenance does arise and keeping your metal building in good condition can help preserve it for many years to come. Maintenance should be performed a couple times per year on your steel building. Immediately preceding or following any major weather events, inspection of your building is critical for timely repairs. 

Learn more about metal building maintenance


Fortify does not install the building for our end customers, we provide all of the building materials and plans to properly erect your steel building. After you’ve received your materials, our customer service team is available to help you should questions arise.

There are three main factors to consider once you are ready to install your metal building. Accessibility, Storage, and Facilities.  
Accessibility - Your metal building will be shipped to you on a flat-bed 18-wheeler, so the installation site will need to be accessible via road, or you will need to have an alternate plan to unload the building materials and get them to the site. Ensure your site offers plenty of clear space, free from debris, with enough room to stage components prior to installation. 

Storage - To prevent damage to your metal building components, you will need a safe place for storage. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for storing materials. 

Facilities - After ordering your building and choosing an erector, check with them to find out what they require for the jobsite. Some erectors require that the building owner provide a dumpster and latrines for the site. 

Learn more about how to prepare your site for installation

To ensure the success of your metal building project, there’s one important thing to consider before the erection process begins: site preparation. A properly prepared installation site is crucial to create a strong foundation and ensure that your building is compliant with local building codes. Learn more details on the erection process here, and ensure you get it right the first time.