Steel buildings have existed for a long time, and prefabricated buildings hit the market soon after. These buildings are only just now starting to be recognized outside of the agricultural sector, though those who already have them appreciate the benefits they bring. Here are 5 benefits of prefab steel buildings. We’ll focus on the practical points that make the business case for steel buildings.
The Speed of Installation
A universal benefit of prefabrication is that it speeds up the installation of the building at its final destination. Pre-engineered steel buildings could be set up in a matter of days versus weeks to months for traditionally constructed buildings. If you’re putting up a steel building as a do-it-yourself project, you could finish it in a month at most whereas a traditional building could take six months to assemble.
The Lower Construction Costs
One benefit of prefabricated steel buildings is that you’ll enjoy lower construction costs, and that isn’t just because it takes less time to assemble. Because the metal building system components are already cut, prepped and ready to assemble, you can rely on lower skilled workers to do most of the work. You may need a welder, painter, plumber or other skilled tradesperson for particular tasks, but you won’t have to pay the expert rate for everyone on the team. This can lower construction costs by up to 60%. Because pre-engineered steel buildings up to 5000 square feet can be delivered in do-it-yourself kits, these are the only durable buildings that you could build yourself, eliminating the labor costs altogether.
Another point in favor of steel buildings is that they’re easy to expand. Simply remove the end wall and add clear span sections. If you want to relocate the building, you can dismantle it, move it and reassemble it.
Steel buildings are extremely hard wearing; they won’t fade, warp, ding or rot. They’re quite durable compared to wood buildings. The metal structure will resist hail storms, high winds and even hurricanes. They can stand high snow loads, too. They’re dimensionally stable, so they won’t expand and contract with the seasons, something that may cause the walls and roof of a wood home to crack.
Steel buildings won’t be destroyed by termites and other insects that will consume a wood building inside and out. This explains why steel buildings have thirty to forty-year warranties. They’re also inherently fire-resistant. And if there is a fire, their very design contains the flames, preventing them from spreading to other buildings. This means your insurance premiums could be up to half what you’d pay for a wooden building.
The pre-engineered steel buildings by Armstrong Steel are made to the same exacting standards for every client. You won’t end up with joints that don’t quite come together or need to work out a solution for mismatched parts and things that literally come up short. You’ll get reduced build time without sacrificing quality when you go with Armstrong. They’re an industry leader, and they’ve worked with a wide array of clients.
A side benefit of quality engineering is better energy efficiency. When doors and windows close tightly, when there aren’t gaps in the structure, your heating and cooling costs will be as low as possible. Reflective paint and insulation can make a steel building as energy efficient as any other building on the market.
Steel buildings have become a popular choice for commercial and industrial buildings because of their many benefits. You cannot afford not to consider this type of construction if you want to build or expand your operations.