Pre-Engineered Building System
Pre-engineered building systems are steel structures or metal buildings that consist of primary members, secondary members and cover sheeting. These are all interconnected and are custom designed to be light weight but very strong and durable. Pre-engineered building systems are excellent for use in wide span, low rise buildings that are non-residential. They are typically found as factories, warehouses schools, community buildings, shopping malls and hospitals.
Advantages of Pre-Engineered Building Systems
There are numerous advantages of pre-engineered building systems. 10 major pre-engineered building system advantages are briefly described below.
They are extremely versatile and can be designed for your specific needs. These buildings have the ability to have vast clear space that allows for large uninterrupted interiors and they are adaptable with other construction materials. These buildings are available in several different sizes and shapes. They can be expanded relatively easily.
They are essentially made to last. These pre-engineered buildings will not rot, crack, warp, settle or become insect ridden. Maintenance on them is little and they are able to withstand Mother Nature’s high winds, heavy snows and other precarious weather conditions.
Each building is designed in factory and uses materials optimally, resulting in little to no waste. Labor costs are low as it does not take a large construction crew to erect the building. They are also extremely energy efficient and have low maintenance costs.
Due to the strength of the materials, the building is very safe when facing the elements. They are fire retardant and heat resistant. These buildings cannot absorb water and will not have rot or mold and mildew issues.
They are erected quickly and with a small crew. Since they are pre-engineered, all the pieces fit together like a jig-saw puzzle and do not require additional fitting and cutting to construct the building.
These buildings are all recyclable due to their steel structure. Therefore their impact on the environment is much lower that the use of non-renewable resources. There is no waste during the pre-engineering process. Once the building is erected, there is very little unusable material that needs to be disposed.
A pre-engineered building is about 30% lighter than a conventional building due to the efficient use of steel. Members of the building are all roll-formed to ensure that they are of high strength and minimum weight.
The foundation of a pre-engineered building can be as simple as a concrete slab or as complex and setting it on an actual basement. The prerequisites for a foundation are lower for a pre-engineered building than those for a conventional building.
The windows, doors and ventilation systems for pre-engineered buildings are specifically designed to fit the building and are standardized, interchangeable parts. These do include the flashing and trims. All these accessories are mass produced and are available with the building.
These buildings can be designed at a lower cost since they are generally mass-produced. Engineers work with pre-engineered building companies to design these structures and then they are simply modified to fit the specifications of a particular project. It will generally take eight weeks from the time the building is ordered to the time it is delivered to the construction site.