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What to Look for in a Church Builder

Constructing a new church facility is an exciting adventure for your entire community. You are able to plan for a building that will benefit your congregation well into the future while creating an atmosphere where you can worship and serve.

Post-frame buildings are a great option for a church or activity center because they can be constructed in less time when compared to traditional building methods, without sacrificing quality. Post-frame buildings can also be built to your requirements, providing a functional, aesthetically pleasing house of worship. When choosing a post-frame builder, it is important to look at the strengths of each company, as well as the needs of your own congregation.
Constructing an energy-efficient building will not only keep your members comfortable, it will also save your church money. Post-frame buildings typically provide over six inches of space between the inside and outside wall, leaving significant room for insulation. Wood components do not conduct as much heat as a steel or masonry components; therefore, the wood has greater insulating properties. Regardless of the type of heating or cooling equipment you incorporate into your building, it is important to start with an efficient structure.

When constructing a new church or activity center, you want a building that fits the needs of your community now while allowing for future growth. Post-frame construction is a great option, because there is no need for load-bearing, interior walls. That means your building's floor plan can be laid out in the best possible way for you. It also means that, in the future, your building can be remodeled to reflect the changing needs of your congregation.

So, whether you want a sanctuary and offices or are thinking about adding a gymnasium, coffee shop, nursery or classrooms, post-frame construction offers the flexibility to build the facilities your congregation needs to grow.

One of the most important factors in choosing a builder is finding a company that has a history of constructing quality buildings. A construction project is a major undertaking, and a company that can walk you through every step from concept to completion is crucial. From discussing the aesthetics and functionality of your building to obtaining financing, getting permits and overseeing subcontractors, a one-stop-shop type company can handle all aspects of your project to ensure it runs smoothly.

When choosing a company, it is always a good idea to look into how they do business. Do they manufacture and sell the building materials to outside contractors who assemble the building, or does the company employ their own crews? Companies that employ their own crews have better control over the quality of their buildings. After the crews have finished your building, a strong warranty will also give you much-needed peace of mind. However, a warranty is only as good as the company that supports it. Some companies offer long warranties on their buildings, which is a benefit as long as they remain in business long enough to honor their warranties. This is where it pays to go with a builder that has a reputation for standing behind their work.

Choosing a company with a strong history is important; companies that have been in business for many years and have done thousands of building projects are going to be able to handle almost anything you can dream up. These companies are also more likely to be in business long after your building is completed.

Talking with past customers and touring their facilities is just as important as researching a company. When you go to a builder, ask them to see photos of churches they have done in the past and, if possible, talk with a member of the church who was involved in the construction process. Not only will you be able to hear firsthand the experiences of others, you can also see the features and layouts they chose, which may give you a better idea of what your own church will look like.

The more you know about the builder and the buildings they have constructed, the more comfortable you will be in making decisions about what will work for you and your congregation.

Morton Buildings has been in business for over 100 years and is one of the largest, most established post-frame builders in the United States, www.mortonbuildings.com.

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