The Basics of Prefabricated Metal Buildings

By Ken Thomson

Prefabricated metal buildings are at the forefront of preferred structures due to their durability and affordability. These long lasting and weather-resilient buildings are ideal for many applications ranging from personal storage sheds to industrial and public works projects.

There are many benefits associated with prefabricated metal buildings. Since structures are made of steel they require minimal maintenance and last for decades. Frames, panels, and other building components are constructed off-site and shipped to the worksite; making them much simpler to assemble.

Building manufacturers construct components in accordance with drawings provided by architects. Metal frames, wall panels, and roofs are cut, drilled, and welded at the plant which lessens the amount of time and labor required to erect the building.

In turn, this provides additional savings because project owners don't have to invest in costly equipment or hire multiple construction crews. Instead, they work with building erectors who assemble frames and wall panels from the prefab kit.

Prefab buildings can be fully customized to meet the needs of the owner. The best approach is to work with a construction management firm who can help with every facet of the build from start to finish.

CMs are the preferred choice for large construction projects involving public works, industrial, and commercial applications. They orchestrate the thousands of details on a project to insure a successful and timely completion.
Furthermore, construction managers help project owners choose the appropriate building style, components, and finishings. Certain applications, such as airplane hangars and aviation buildings, require special features to accommodate massive overhead doors.

Office buildings typically involve modular framing design, while agricultural and transportation facilities make use of clear span steel buildings. Figuring out building styles aids in choosing other design elements.

Prefab metal buildings are a preferred choice in regions prone to seismic activity, such as California. Earthquake-proof structures make use of engineering standards and manufacturing techniques they can better withstand seismic forces.

Prefabricated Metal buildings have historically preformed very well in earthquakes. Additionally roof systems can be designed to withstand winds of over 150 mph. paint finishes are available today that include 30 year warranties, minimizing the life cycle costs of the building.

Depending on the application, pre engineered steel buildings will require insulation. Most often, metal buildings are insulated with either fiberglass or insulated panels. R values up to R 50 can be easily achieved. .

Paint finishes with eco-friendly reflective coatings can also aid in maximizing energy efficiency.

Designing a building from scratch can be a mind-boggling process. Along with choosing the right steel frame and wall panels, project owners have multiple decisions to make regarding architectural design and finishes.

Working with an experienced design builder company, such as Facility Builders, will ease the burden and allow owners to develop the building of their dreams. With over 20 years' experience, FBE can help you sort through the confusion and choose the right components for your next metal building construction project.

Our website offers detailed information about the different types of prefabricated steel buildings and the benefits they offer. If you are in need of a west coast general contractor, design builder, or construction management team we hope you will get in touch with FBE to discuss your needs.