Once a decision has been made that more operational space is needed and that a temporary building is the answer, how can you make the building work for you? There is more to be decided beyond working out the space required and where the building will be located. Various options are available for walls, floors and doors, to give you the functional space you need.
For a building only requiring basic protection, then a single skin steel wall is the likely option. It is durable and weather resistant, offering excellent value where a tight budget is a consideration. Its strength also makes it useful in withstanding errant forklifts!
If some insulation is needed without specific temperature control a walling system featuring a polymer composite provides good protection. The advantage of this system is that the panels slot together, making installation simple and maintenance such as cleaning or replacement can be carried out with ease.
Temperature controlled applications require specific insulated panels which are available in varying thickness’s depending on the level of insulation required. This type of walling would normally be combined with an insulated roof where a high level of temperature control is called for in a building to be used as chilled units for example
Which Doors to Choose
Pedestrian doors are necessary for most temporary buildings unless they are being used as a canopy structures for a loading bay or similar. For most uses a basic insulated steel door will suffice to use as access or fire exit. Sometimes, if a building is to be used as a retail outlet for example, something a bit different to a basic door is required. In this case something like glazed single or double doors are a more attractive, less functional, looking alternative. This type of door is a better option when there is a high level of pedestrian traffic.
If vehicle access to the building is required there are a few options. For a basic entrance, a utilitarian choice would be a simple curtain arrangement made from PVC. Most buildings, however, require a higher level of security such as a roller shutter door. Using an electric roller shutter door means that vehicles can move in and out of the building quickly and for some specialised applications, like a temporary fire station a rapid response speed door could be fitted.
A temporary building is built on hard standing or a concrete slab and it may be that this is an adequate surface for use in the building and no extra flooring.
A more sophisticated option would be a polymer system which is applied to the floor surface leaving it level and smooth. The type of compound used in the flooring will determine the level of durability and load protection. A grid mat system offers a less high level of protection, but the interlocking polypropylene tile system is easier to install and can offer a load bearing strength of 50 tonnes per square metre. One thing to think about when installing flooring is that it will slightly reduce the distance to the eaves of the building, which may affect any measurements made for installing racking for example.
There is much more to a temporary building than just measuring up and assembling it on site. With all the options available it can make a significant contribution to a business’s efficiency and future success. The building can give years of service, and be tailor made to suit any business.