Pre-engineered metal buildings have traditionally dominated many agricultural and aviation construction markets. This is because metal structures are an excellent way to save time and money while ensuring an easy construction process.
Steel buildings are still the most popular choice for low-rise commercial and industrial construction today, being used in 65 percent of low-rise commercial buildings and 95 percent of new industrial structures. Learning more about the advantages of metal building kits will help you make the right choice for your next project.
15 Benefits of Steel & Metal Building Kits
The Pocketbook-Friendly Prefabricated Option
Cost-Effective – The most economical building solution available today is a pre-engineered steel building. Purchasing a steel building saves money in three stages: during the purchase, during construction, and during use.
Here are a few ways steel buildings can save you money:
- Computerized Design – Advances in design and engineering software have made it possible for steel building companies to develop detailed production drawings more quickly than ever before. Every order complies with local building codes as well as the buyer’s specific needs. This computerization helps speed up the process of building completion and helps minimize overhead costs.
- Affordable Customization Options – Steel buildings are suitable for a variety of uses because of their versatility. The strength of steel allows for open, obstruction-free designs that adapt to practically any application.
- Use Less Material – Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any construction material, meaning you can create a strong frame while using fewer pieces of steel.
Lower Foundation Costs – Commercial-grade steel is so strong that it requires considerably fewer structural parts, which means less weight on your foundation. This often translates to a less expensive foundation than would be needed with a structure made with traditional materials.
Less Expensive Shipping – Pre-engineered steel buildings are shipped in pieces directly to your location. Because the pieces can be stacked on each other, they are easier to transport, and multiple kits can fit on one truck. The freight charge is split between the customers receiving a kit from that truck, making it more affordable.
Less Waste – A pre-engineered structure wastes significantly less material. The software and state-of-the-art machinery in the factory allows for such precise cutting, resulting in minimal waste.
Safe and Durable Metal Buildings
Breathable, Safe Interior Air – High-quality steel helps to create a healthier, more breathable indoor environment, especially when paired with additions such as ventilation and insulation. On the other hand, the usage of organic materials such as wood and wood products, can cause many indoor air quality issues.
Steel, unlike wood, never molds or mildews and doesn’t create dust like brick or stone. Volatile adhesives in manufactured wood products such as oriented strand board (OSB), plywood, and engineered wood products outgas into the building, creating a potentially harmful environment. However, since termites are attracted to wood, chemical treatments or aggressive termite treatments are required.
Mold and fungus, like termites and wood ants, feed on organic, plant-based materials like wood. Because steel is inorganic, it is resistant to termites, wood ants, and vermin.
- No harsh chemical treatments are required.
- Does not release VOCs or outgas.
- Will not support mold, mildew, or fungus growth.
Pest Resistant – Because steel resists pests like termites, ants, and wild animals, there’s no need for harsh chemical treatments that can lower the indoor air quality.
Fire Resistant – Metal framing is naturally resistant to fire, meaning it won’t combust or add any fuel to an existing fire. While no structure is entirely fireproof, pre-engineered steel structures have higher fire resistance.
Wood framework provides convenient, combustible fuel to propagate a fire once it has started, while steel framing will not encourage the spread. When struck by lightning, wood bursts because it is a poor conductor of electricity. By transferring the current into the earth, a properly grounded steel building resists damage from lightning, which is another source of fires. Because the commercial-grade steel framing of pre-engineered metal buildings is so fire-resistant, many insurance companies offer rate reductions when insuring them. For added protection, you can add a sprinkler system.
Better Insulation – A well-insulated metal building reduces outside noise significantly, resulting in a quieter internal atmosphere. It also helps to keep the interior cooler during the summer, warmer during the winter, and drier all year long. This will lower your energy costs, make the structure more comfortable for those inside, and ensure the contents of your building are safe from moisture and extreme temperatures.
Quality-Assurance with Strong Metal Buildings
Strength-to-Weight Ratio – Of all the current building materials, steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio.
Highest Quality – Each piece of a prefab construction kit has been designed and crafted to provide high-quality performance.
Sturdy Construction – Regardless of the moisture levels in your location, steel will maintain its shape and not sag or warp over time.
Superior Fasteners – Our metal building kits are attached using high-strength bolts and screws, providing more support and reliability than nails and staples.
Environmentally Friendly Prefab Steel & Metal Buildings
Recyclable – Steel is our planet’s most recyclable material. It can be recycled multiple times without losing strength, meaning your structure can go on to create new items at the end of its service life.
Conserve Energy – A well-insulated steel structure conserves energy and maintains the internal temperature without the use of heating or air conditioning, lowering your project’s carbon impact.
Reduced Environmental Impact – Metal buildings last for much longer than those made of traditional materials and require fewer repairs and maintenance work. This reduces the environmental impact by eliminating the need to source or produce new pieces frequently. Using steel instead of wood to construct structures also saves trees, helping to improve the air quality on the planet.
Customized Steel & Metal Building Kits for Unique Uses
Future Buildings has a wide range of structures that can be used in many applications and industries. These steel buildings offer fantastic versatility, whether for your business or personal use.
Prefabricated structures offer the easiest and fastest assembly, regardless of the purpose of your building. Working with our building specialists will ensure that your structure’s design and accessories align with your preferences and requirements.
For more information on the options we have available, contact us today at 1-800-668-5111 or fill out an online form or request a free quote.