Positive Aspects of Pre Engineered Metal Buildings

By Ken Thomson

Nowadays, pre engineered metal buildings are an attractive option when constructing new structures or expanding existing ones. This style of building is a sound investment because it costs less to construct and is exceptionally durable.

Another benefit of pre engineered metal buildings is they are fully customizable and can include a wide range of designer touches. Project owners can control the entire look and feel by selecting frame styles, wall panels, interior and exterior finishings, roof pitches, and gutters.

In the past, steel buildings were the preferred choice for warehouses, transportation facilities, and industrial plants. They were often identified by the arch-shaped steel frame and silver metal walls.

Today, they are used in many applications including churches, office buildings, and residential homes. A vast array of facades is available ranging from stucco to brick and provides the look of traditional construction methods.

Interior finishes can be as basic as exposed metal walls to elaborate designs that include crown molding, plush carpet, and wall partitions for private offices or individual rooms. Metal buildings can enjoy all the luxuries normally reserved for brick-and-mortar structures, but at around half the cost.

Depending on the type of metal building construction, project owners might need help from architects, general contractors, and building erectors. Project owners need to make numerous decisions whenever buildings are fully customized. Working with professionals will make the process easier and ensure work is conducted safely and satisfactorily.

Historically, pre-engineered metal buildings in the U.S. started out as Quonset huts with frames serving both as roof and wall structural support. Exterior panels were placed over the structures, completing these buildings. This design is still utilized today, mostly in the agriculture and aviation markets.

As the buildings evolved, manufacturers' incorporated different panel profiles and finishes over vertical columns and beams, referred to as rigid frames. This frame design allows for clear spans over 250' wide, eave heights of over 100 feet tall. These frames allow for overhead bridge cranes to be supported by the structure. With a variety of roof slopes and structural load capacity the uses for commercial and industrial applications are endless.

The pre-engineered metal building roof wall paneling systems have evolved into some of the most durable long lasting and energy efficient elements in the construction industry. Refrigerated Warehouse operators have been utilizing insulated wall and roof panels for years to keep the cold in and heat out. With finish warranties of over 30 years on some of these panels, their life-cycle cost benefit are best in class.

Hybrid buildings are now becoming more common, utilizing traditional wall systems were metal walls are not the solution, then frame and stucco, masonry and tilt-up concrete are now being added as elements to the pre-engineered metal building, providing the Owner the benefits of the rigid frames and 30-year roofs with their choice of architecture on the walls.

Prefabricated metal buildings are considered to be eco-friendly, making them ideal for companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint. Additionally, project owners can incorporate renewable energy sources to reduce utility costs. Popular options include geothermal systems, solar panels, and wind turbines, as well as various types of insulation.

Regardless of the type of steel structure, all can incorporate a multitude of interior and exterior finishings that are durable, yet easy to maintain. At Facility Builders, we specialize in helping clients select pre engineered metal buildings with energy-saving amenities that will last for years to come. Click here to contact FBE about designing your customized prefab steel building.