Cost Benefits of Steel Buildings

Among all the benefits of choosing a prefabricated steel building for storage or work space, the most immediately appreciated are the several cost related advantages. Both initial and on-going cost benefits of steel buildings help you stick to a construction budget and save money annually on things like maintenance.

One Supplier

When you choose to install a prefabricated steel building you will be dealing with one supplier and manufacturer. This ease of doing business with a single supplier contact presents a cost benefit, as well. If you are working with one person you do not need to hire a project manager to coordinate deliveries, design plans, or other logistics.

Material Costs

Every component necessary to install a prefabricated steel building is measured, cut, and welded before it is delivered to your build site. This will lower your overall cost of materials by preventing you from over-buying and throwing money away on materials that will go to waste. Wasted materials account for a large portion of most budget overages, making this one of the biggest cost benefits of steel buildings. Any steel you do not use, in the event of last minute design changes, can be recycled and used in another project you have in mind.

Property Insurance

Insurance rates for steel buildings are, on average, lower than buildings constructed of materials like wood or brick. This is related to steel’s resilience to fire and flood damage, which makes total loss claims on such structures less common.

Construction & Labor

Another big cost benefit to prefabricated steel buildings is the reduced expenses related to construction and labor. Since the components of the building are delivered ready to erect, little actual construction work needs to be done. The cost of hiring skilled contractors is much higher than that associated with willing laborers who can follow instructions and guidelines.

Ongoing Maintenance

Steel buildings present low ongoing maintenance demands, which benefits your long-term costs. A simple routine of periodically checking for excess moisture buildup or signs of wear can keep a prefabricated steel building looking and functioning well indefinitely. There is also a reduced need for full replacement of the building due to irreparable damages. Even in areas with extremely harsh climates and weather events, a steel building will need little upkeep. A resistance to mold, fire, pest, and weather damage also reduces the cost of maintaining a steel building.

The cost benefits of steel buildings extend beyond the initial construction expenses. Maintenance, insurance, and other ongoing costs related to the structure are also lower than other materials.

Guest writer Jim Smith has been in the construction industry for over 10 years. If you have questions about pre-engineered metal building pricing, give his company, Whirlwind Steel, a call today.