K Building Frequently Asked Questions


1. Where did you get the name K Building?
ANSWER: The last name of the owner of Elgin Service Center-K Building begins with a “K”. During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Dodge had a car model called the “K” Car. The combination of the two is where the name originated.


2. With so many buildings already available, why did you decide to start a new building company?
ANSWER: Although there were and are many brands of buildings available, nearly all were post frame buildings with a limited longevity. The manufacturers of all-steel buildings weren’t manufacturing with the agricultural market in mind and we believed that we could provide a better building at a competitive price.


3. Is the K Building a pole building or a steel building?
ANSWER: Actually it is a hybrid or combination building.  It combines the strength of steel with the economy of wood.


4. Can the K Building be used for commercial applications?
ANSWER: Yes, the K Building can be used for virtually any application.


5. Can I build a K Building to live in?
ANSWER: Yes, you will need to check carefully with your local zoning authority to be certain of the requirements in your area.


6. Are buildings with other than standard specs available?
ANSWER: Yes,  K Buildings will manufacture other sizes whenever possible.


7. Can I use existing concrete for a K Building foundation?
ANSWER: In some cases, but it will depend on the specs and conditions of the foundation. Obviously, K Buildings cannot be responsible for problems related to existing foundations.


8. Can I buy the building as a kit and assemble it myself?
ANSWER: Yes, many customers build their own buildings. We provide an erection manual and have telephone support for assistance.


9. Can I buy the building and have my own contractor build it?
ANSWER: Yes, if your contractor has experience with either post frame or steel construction they can easily erect a K Building.


10. What is included in a basic building package?
ANSWER: Included are the steel main and endwall frames, wood purlins and girts, wind bracing, covering and trim, hardware, fasteners, and anchor bolts.


11. How long does it take to manufacture a K Building?
ANSWER: Lead times vary within the calendar year.  Orders placed in the height of the building season may have a 10-12 week lead time while orders placed in off peak times of the year can expect shorter lead times, often in the 5-7 week range.


12. Where is the K Building manufactured?
ANSWER: In northwest Ohio, in the village of Elgin.


13. Does K Buildings use American made products?
ANSWER: Yes, our steel and lumber are from American mills.


14. When giving building specs, what does eave height mean?
ANSWER: Eave height is the distance from the top of the foundation to the top of the roof at the eave. Sometimes it is referred to as the height at the square or sidewall height.


15. What is the relationship between Elgin Service Center and K Buildings?
ANSWER: K Buildings is a division of Elgin Service Center, Inc., an Ohio Corporation.


16. Do I have to have a concrete foundation?
ANSWER: Yes, but it can be a concrete pier, monopour slab or foundation wall.


17. Can I build a K Building on my own?
ANSWER: Absolutely! In fact, the end user builds many K Buildings. Technical help is also available by calling our manufacturing facility M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


18. Can I put asphalt shingles on a K Building?
ANSWER: The K Building can accommodate many different types of roofing, including asphalt shingles.


19. How does K Building pricing compare to pole barn or post frame construction?
ANSWER: K Building pricing compares favorably to name brand pole manufacturer pricing.


20. How flexible is the design of a K Building?
ANSWER: Very flexible. Locations for windows, walk doors, partition walls, concrete floors and drains can all be determined once the structure is built. Future changes to window and door locations can also be easily accommodated.


21. What advantages does a K Building have compared to a pole barn?
ANSWER: The pre-engineered frame of the K Building removes any question of how it should be built.  With pre-determined fastener locations, the K Building will be built as designed, every time.  The space created by the K Building vaulted ceiling turns unusable dead air space of the pole barn into ideal space for lofts, bulk storage or open shop space.  Another significant difference are the three concrete foundation options and the elimination of rotting wood posts.