How Steel Buildings Will Save You Money Now and Later
As one of the most affordable and economically conscious building options, it’s no secret that prefab steel buildings will save you money. With lower up-front costs, steel buildings will cost you less money than other more conventional building methods but that’s not the only thing that contributes to it. There are also post construction as well as lifetime costs associated with new structures that are reduced when you choose to build with prefab steel. Often times when something is cheaper in the beginning, it turns out to be more expensive in the long run with regular maintenance, cleanups, overuse of energy, repairs and more adding to the tab long after the construction has been completed. So what are some of these additional costs?
Shipping & Construction
With steel buildings, most of the pieces are usually shipped together since it comes from one source. Other types of buildings usually get materials from all over to complete a single job, whereas every part of a steel structure is designed, engineered and manufactured as a single order before being sent to you all at once to a job site that works best for you. When it gets there, the ease of construction means you’ll require much less labour – especially of the specialized variety. This will absolutely save money, as extensive construction with plenty of labour can add up in price very quickly. You will also require this labour for much less time than a traditional building job as erecting steel buildings takes up to 30% less time than other methods like concrete.
Almost No Waste
With most construction, there’s extra material and waste left over after it’s completed. With wood, brick, stone and concrete, these materials aren’t customized specifically for the job that’s being done, so in cutting, shaping, placing and moving these materials around there is bound to be extra left afterwards. In addition, packaging, broken tools and more can pile up at the end of the job and all contribute to the waste. With steel buildings, most of this type of waste is virtually eliminated. Each piece of your structure is specifically designed and pre-engineered for the job that you’re taking on – from sheds to airplane hangars. Every piece is already cut, sized and matched with its adjoining parts to create exactly what you’re looking for, so there’s no need to do any of that extra work while on the job site.
Almost No Maintenance
For most structures, the work doesn’t end when construction is complete. While other materials may take longer than others, most buildings will need some type of repair or maintenance much sooner than a steel building. Steel is highly durable as well as extreme weather resistant, so the need to do any major repairs is greatly reduced, as the structure is able to withstand a great deal of natural elements and other types of pressure. Olympia steel buildings are also fire and pest resistant, meaning there’s no need for any additional “proofing” to safeguard the structure itself as well as whatever may be stored inside.
Another potential cost that comes along with structures has to do with utilities and the use of energy. When correctly insulated and fitted with energy efficient appliances, steel buildings are adept at not overusing energy, in turn keeping your utility bills at reasonable amounts. This is also partly due to specially designed roofing features that help maintain reasonable temperatures in both warmer and cooler climates. Especially when being used for retail space or storage where temperature will be one of the most important factors, energy efficiency is an important cost to keep in mind when thinking about the longevity of your steel building. In a wood or concrete structure or one with older appliances, you are much more likely to experience higher energy bills than with steel buildings.
Just like with anything else, it’s important to weigh out all the factors as it pertains to pricing before making purchase decisions; and long-term costs are an important part of that. If you have any questions on how steel buildings can save you money today, call us at 1-888-449-7756