Prefab Steel Buildings
What do you think of when you hear the word 'prefab'? Damp, temporary classrooms with the wind howling through them? Ugly, blocky buildings that have no redeeming features? Street upon street of identical post-WWII houses? If that's what's conjured up in your mind's eye, you might want to take a fresh look. Because while prefabs can be like that – and sometimes have been – they don't need to be. With this article we want to challenge any preconceptions you may have and introduce a new kind of prefabricated building – one that you would be delighted to own.
A prefab is simply a building for which component parts are manufactured in a factory, before being transported to the building site where the structure is assembled.
Materials commonly used are concrete, timber and steel, and these may be mixed within the same construction project. For example, you might have a steel building with timber cladding, if you find that aesthetically pleasing.
Prefabricated steel buildings have been around for a long time and they remain popular largely due to the many benefits they confer. These include:
Consistent quality - component parts are manufactured in factory conditions to exacting quality standards.
Faster construction - because the various elements are manufactured offsite, the chances of downtime due to bad weather are reduced. Things like wall insulation can be built in to the relevant panels rather than having to be applied after the steel building has been erected. Also, because component parts are made to specific measurements, buildings can be assembled quickly and without fuss.
Versatility - with prefabricated construction methods, both the size and make-up of component parts can be bespoke, per build. That allows you to choose the right size and shape of steel building to suit your needs and site, and to specify, for example, whether the walls are to be insulated. You also have a great deal of freedom when it comes to the positioning of elements like doors, windows and skylights.
Greater site safety - high quality materials and less construction time equates to less risk – and reduced on-site traffic.
Cost-effective - the savings made in construction time alone make prefabs a cost-effective option. There are other savings to be made, too – it's a neat way to get a bespoke steel building on an affordable budget.
Add to that the fact prefabs are frequently made of eco-friendly materials and can be recycled at the end of their lifespan, and it's clear they're good for businesses, the people who use them and the planet.
Prefabricated steel buildings, like standard steel buildings, are set on solid foundations. The work needed for this stage is just as exacting as for a bricks-and-mortar construction. Other aspects that are the same as for a more traditional build include drainage, utility supplies and access roads.
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When it comes to prefabricated steel buildings, we have years of experience to draw on. Whether you are considering a prefabricated steel building and want to know more about what site preparation work would be involved, we can help. Get in touch today.