The increased usage of metal building systems for commercial, industrial and auto shop building projects is primarily due to several key factors. The cost of a steel building generally represents approximately 15-20 % of the total cost of constructing a building, which includes land cost, labor, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning installation and interior finish. Technological advances in metal products and materials, as well as significant improvements in engineering and design techniques, have led to the development of structural systems that are compatible with more traditional construction materials.
Architects and designers now often combine a pre-engineered building system (PEB) with masonry, glass and wood exterior facades in order to meet the aesthetic requirements of customers while preserving the inherent characteristics of steel building systems. As a result, the uses for PEB now include office buildings, showrooms, retail stores, banks, schools, warehouses, factories and auto shops.
The following characteristics of auto steel building systems distinguish them from other methods of construction:
• Significant cost advantages
• Increased architectural acceptance
• Advances in design versatility and production processes
Shorter Construction Time: In many instances, it takes less time to construct a metal building than other building types. In addition, since most of the work on metal auto shop buildings are done in the factory, the likelihood of weather interruptions is also reduced.
More Efficient Material Utilization: Computer-aided analysis and design are used to fabricate structural members with high strength-to-weight ratios, minimizing raw materials costs.
Lower Construction Costs: The in-plant manufacture of steel buildings, coupled with automation, allows the builders to substitute less expensive factory labor for much of the skilled on-site construction labor otherwise required for traditional building methods.
Greater Ease of Expansion: Steel building systems can be modified quickly and economically before, during and after the building is completed to accommodate all types of expansion and this is especially effective when it comes to your auto shop as it allows for increased growth for your business. Typically, your metal auto shop building can be expanded by removing the end or sidewalls, erecting new framework and adding matching wall and roof panels.
Durable and Weather Resistant: Steel is one of the strongest materials available today and can withstand extreme weather conditions such as: high winds, severe snow storms, hurricanes, and even earthquakes. They are also resistant to termites, creeping, cracks, splitting and rotting, thus increasing durability. There are also options for reinforcing steel against vandalism and fire and most reputable steel building manufacturers offer a 25 year warranty which gives you immediate security when building your steel factory. All the above elements are extremely important for your auto shop, as your cars are ensured protection against all kinds of weather conditions.
Author: Conrad Mackie