What sets Attica Lumber apart from our competitors?
Attica Lumber has been in the custom post frame construction business since 1925 and we have constructed well over 50,000 buildings to date.
Our post, truss and purlin spacing is engineered to withstand snow and wind load requirements throughout the areas in which we build. The trusses are engineered using the latest truss software, and they are constructed with the highest grade of lumber available.
End wall posts are run to the top chord of the truss giving greater overall strength to the building by preventing racking
or creeling of the roof system.
Use anchor pads at the foot of the support posts. This serves to hold the building in the ground and resists wind uplift.
Attica Lumber uses only first quality metal in a variety of preferred colors.
The standard trim package on Attica Lumber buildings is more extensive than most of our competitors. This package results in a building more pleasing to the eye and tighter than most.
Metal is attached using color matched screws. The use of screws versus nails gives approximately 20% greater holding power.
By making high volume purchases from reputable long time suppliers Attica Lumber is able to acquire higher quality lumber than is typically available to the general public.
We constantly evaluate constructed buildings and provide additional training year round.
Do I need to have the building pad level?
A level site is preferred and will save a lot of headaches and problems during and after construction. Your Attica Lumber building specialist will provide and review site preparation guidelines when he meets with you.
Our strongest recommendation is that you require your excavation contractor to provide a level site. The use of a string level or a transit must be used to determine this as no one can consistently determine grade with the naked eye.
If the site is no more that 10” “off grade” construction methods do allow us to construct your building with standard materials that we have shipped to the jobsite.
Can I pour a concrete slab in the building after the construction is complete?
Yes, this is often done. Actually, we prefer to do it this way. Not only does it give you a better finish to your building, it also
serves to further anchor your building to the ground.
Can Attica Lumber build a post frame building on an existing concrete slab?
Yes. We often are requested to construct on an existing slab and can marry the building to the slab in a variety of ways. We do advise our customer that the preferred method is to construct the building first, then pour the slab. The second preferred method is to cut through the concrete at the locations where the poles are to be set, to set the poles at normal depth and then to back pour the concrete in those cut areas. This provides a better anchor in the ground and does not put undue stress on the concrete pad.
Do I need to have a building permit to have a post frame building constructed on my property?
The only way to determine permit and code requirements is to check with the permit and codes department for your local jurisdiction. The requirement for permits depends on rules established by your state and local codes jurisdiction. In some cases no permit is required. In some cases permits may be required for only certain types of properties.
Often where permits are required there are inspections associated with that process. You should ask about the number and type of inspections required and provide this information to your building specialist when he arrives to discuss your building.
Can Attica Lumber make any changes to their construction in order to meet local building codes?
Absolutely. When you work with your building specialist and provide him with this detail he will be able to take this into account as he develops your building price.
Can Attica Lumber install an overhead door in my building?
Yes, we offer overhead door installation in most areas. If we do not install overhead doors in your particular area, your building specialist will help you find an installer.
Can Attica Lumber install gutter on my building?
Yes, we offer gutter installation on all of our post frame buildings.
Do I need to have electricity at the job site?
We prefer that electricity is provided within 50’ of the jobsite. However, if electricity is not available let your building specialist know and he will make arrangements for the crew to bring a generator.
What happens if the builders encounter rock while digging the holes?
Most construction sites in our area allow for ease of hole preparation with normal equipment and within normally allotted hours for construction. However, we sometimes encounter rock or other items that hinder the process. If equipment rental and/or down time result from foundation hole preparation the purchaser will be responsible for the extra labor at a rate of $85 per hour plus the cost of any required rental equipment.
How should I ventilate my building?
Options for ventilation are quite extensive and include ridge vents, cupolas, vented soffit, gable vents, louvered fans to
name just a few.
Requirements for ventilation vary depending upon the intended use and should be discussed with your building specialist.
Can I purchase a material kit from Attica Lumber and construct the building myself?
Yes, Attica Lumber sells a large number of material packages each year.
Why don’t you have a price list?
We don’t offer a price list because we custom build to your specifications and we do not wish to limit your choices by
having only a few pre-priced “packages”.
Your building specialist will meet with you, discuss your need, make some suggestions based on his experience, review the
options and price the building that is designed specifically for you
What is the difference between 29 gauge and 26 gauge metal?
To the average person there is no apparent difference, and 29 gauge is the thickness that is the standard for our industry. 26 gauge metals are from .001 to .004 thicker than 29 gauge metal. The 26 gauge can be substituted at an additional price.
Is there any advantage in using galvalume metal instead of galvanized metal?
Galvalume is aluminum – zinc alloy coating that was developed to give the greater corrosion resistance of aluminum and the edge coating properties of zinc. It is applied to the raw steel through a continuous hot dip process.
Galvalume durability, edge protection, and resistance to corrosion is said to be twice that of galvanized metal.
Galvalume coated steel also offers exceptional heat reflectivity properties.
Do I need to send a deposit in when I order a building?
Yes, a portion of the contract amount (25%) is required when you sign your contract. This provides us with assurance needed for Attica Lumber to invest time in processing the contract, and to invest money in ordering and assembling the materials for shipment.
Once I sign a contract, how long does it take before construction begins?
Lead times between signing of the contract and initiation of construction vary depending on the time of year, the weather, whether permits are required, the other contracts to be fulfilled ahead of your contract, and even the complexity and type of materials required to construct your building.
Most legitimate builders require a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks to process the contract, order materials, and stage for shipment. But during periods of good weather and strong economy lead times increase significantly.
Your building specialist is kept current as to the estimated lead time. He will provide that information during your initial
discussion and again at the time of contract signing.
Can I use my farm exemption number?
Since these buildings are attached to the property and become permanent assets farm tax exemptions typically do not apply.We suggest that you contact a professional tax consultant about other tax advantages that might be gained.
Does Attica Lumber offer siding options other than metal?
Yes, Attica Lumber does offer more than just metal siding. We offer a vinyl siding, wood siding, and a brick siding.