Advantages of Steel Church Buildings

By Ken Thomson

Many congregations are choosing steel church buildings over traditional wood-frame churches due to the many benefits they offer. A few of the greatest are reduced building costs, improved energy efficiency, and large interior open space.

Furthermore, steel church buildings require considerably less maintenance both inside and out. Exterior wall panels can be painted with a 30 year warranted paint or make use of stucco or brick facades that will last for decades.

Prefabricated buildings let congregations enjoy a structurally-sound, weather-resistant structure for about half the cost of traditional churches. There are a number of reasons why prefab buildings cost less, but it has nothing to do with inferior material quality.

A top reason for reduced costs is prefab churches are manufactured at a steel building facility. Every component of the structure is produced according to the architect's plans.

Since the contractor isn't preparing individual components, he doesn't have to pay for additional materials or expensive equipment. Instead, the prefab building kit is delivered to the site ready to go.

Steel building erectors assemble the church onsite by attaching structural frames to a concrete foundation. Once the frame is installed, other components are added to fortify the building. Afterward, finished wall panels, roof panels and insulation is added, then doors, windows, and exterior detailing are installed.

Overall, steel churches can be erected in a matter of days or weeks instead of months. This is a much less disruptive construction method that lets congregations resume worship services quickly.

Church metal buildings are the perfect choice for congregations that plan to expand in the future. Designers can integrate features which allow for easy addition of gymnasium, choir room, or administrative offices when the time is right.

Congregations will find it beneficial to hire an experienced steel building contractor with a solid history of erecting churches. Contractors can assist with choosing steel frame styles, wall panel colors or facades, interior finishings, and architectural features that deliver the desired appearance.

Another reason to work with general contractors is to learn about features which can perpetuate savings. For instance, contractors can advise of renewable energy sources and weather-stripping materials to lower energy consumption.

They can offer guidance regarding the best type of insulation and panel colors to achieve an energy-efficient building regardless of weather conditions. Knowing about available options helps congregations make informed decisions and understand how to best protect their investment.

There are many steps from conceptualizing a design and delivering the final product. Numerous people might be involved when church projects are large. For example, designing a metal church complete with gymnasium would involve a architect, building material supplier, foundation contractor, metal church building erector, and utility and finish subcontractors.

Working with a general contractor simplifies the process since GC's oversee the project from start to finish. Project owners work with the architect and contractor to develop a plan suited for their purposes and then let contractors take care of the rest.

Facility Builders and Erectors have been helping congregations design steel church buildings for 20 years. Our professional team is dedicated to providing quality craftsmanship while helping congregations save money.

We invite you to learn more about our company and the services we offer. FBE would be honored to help you with your modular steel church buildings project. Call us at 714-577-8060 to get a free quote or click here to reach us by email.