Steel Advantages

Advantages of Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings

In a rapidly changing economy, builders and architects are looking at a wide variety of options to get the most for their dollar. Pre-engineered metal buildings offer a cost-effective, sustainable, long-term solution to many building challenges.

The greatest benefit of pre-engineered steel buildings are the custom structures that come to life as designed per exact specifications. Factors of the site, other buildings in the area, proposed purpose, and surrounding elements may be taken into consideration. Pre-Engineered Metal buildings are extremely versatile and traditionally have been used in the commercial and industrial market segments as warehouses, distribution centers and industrial facilities. They’re making inroads into other markets, however, such as churches, schools, shopping centers, office buildings and other commercial and mixed-use facilities.

Steel is a remarkable material that has been steadily increasing in construction popularity. Steel buildings are extremely durable while being 68% recyclable, which offers both environmental and financial benefits. Metal buildings are more likely to survive in harsh weather conditions than other types of construction, while also withstanding long-term effects of the elements and pests such as termites.

Steel building structures can incorporate many architectural finishes—including masonry, brick, tilt-up, ornamental metal or stucco façades—while still being cost competitive. Basic elements reign across all metal buildings: primary rigid frames, secondary members (wall girts and roof purlins), cladding and bracing. All of those elements work together to create an efficient system. Pre- fabricated steel building systems also withstand extreme loading from disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

Pre-engineered steel buildings is one of the most innovative options using steel. Pre-engineered steel buildings are the fastest to erect due to the incorporation of the design and manufacturing process. This pre-engineered process is great for meeting time constraints. On top of being fast to erect, it is also more cost effective than conventional buildings.

Based on local and national building codes, each metal building system is engineered to the required dimensions and designed to meet the loading conditions with the specified material. Once the building is designed and detailed, computerized instructions are sent to the fabrication plant where steel members are cut to exact standards. That precision custom manufacturing also reduces construction waste.

The buildings also are a good fit for developers, many of whom are starting to look at buildings as long-term investments. Due to the permanence, durability, stability and quality of metal buildings, life cycles can reach up to 100 years. Metal buildings can also help meet green initiatives. About 35 percent of steel used in buildings comes from recycled products and steel is 100 percent recyclable. In addition, metal buildings are easy to insulate and, when paired with cool roofing, can help lower heating and cooling costs.