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Prefabricated Steel Buildings

Prefabricated Steel Buildings

Cost benefits of prefabricated buildings

Prefabricated steel buildings range from simple storage structures to more complex steel framed office buildings but one thing they all have in common is the fact that they can cost up to 50 percent less than conventional buildings. Reasons for this are as follows:

Faster construction


Because the structure arrives at the site ready to be assembled, all that is required is to lay it out, raise it up and bolt it together. This means the time required to construct the building is significantly less than that of a traditionally built structure. Prefabricated buildings can come as building kits with all components included, making it easy for anyone to assemble their own steel buildings and helping to cut costs on labor.


Computer technology is used to generate accurate designs, measurements and plans. The building materials are then cut, drilled and welded with computer precision to ensure components fit together without any difficulty. This makes it possible for the contractor to produce an accurate estimate of all project costs in one package. It also prevents unexpected expenses arising during assembly and helps save on excess building materials.

One supplier

Companies that manufacture prefabricated steel buildings deal with all aspects of the project; from design through to delivery and construction. This means there are no extra fees and no delays waiting for the delivery of parts from various suppliers. Contractors can collaborate with a pre-engineering company and produce one package with all the costs included. Having a single point of contact also makes communication and correspondence easier, with considerably less room for misunderstandings.

Energy efficiency

Panels in prefabricated steel buildings usually include insulation. Metal panels also overlap when fitted together leaving no gaps and thereby keeping the weather out. Steel buildings are fairly economical in the summer as steel tends to reflect heat leaving the building inside cooler which helps towards saving money and energy on heating and cooling.

Less maintenance

Metal panels of steel buildings are coated in an aluminum compound which makes it far more resistant to corrosion and rust. This enables these buildings to last up to 30 years with hardly any structural maintenance.


Prefabricated steel buildings are carefully designed to be structurally sound and strong. They can withstand severe weather conditions and risk of damage from fire is greatly reduced. For these reasons some insurance companies are prepared to offer a discount of up to 40 percent.


Many steel buildings are expandable making it easy to add more units or to lengthen the existing structure. Some can even be moved to another location with little difficulty. Manufacturers tend to be quite accommodating when it comes to having a custom designed building constructed to match customer specifications. This gives the consumer a great amount of flexibility in the layout and design of their building for a fraction of the costs of a traditionally designed building. Customers also have a wide range of choices when it comes to the finish of the building, including masonry trims.