Construction methods for prefabricated buildings can create many advantages for the manufacturer and also the end user. In the main these are based around building in a controlled environment as opposed to on-site which in term affects things like waste, quality, lead-times and disruption on-site once the construction process actually commences.

Buying or hiring any type of building has its pros and cons and when it comes to prefabricated buildings there are distinct advantages over a traditional build. Below are a few of the benefits of using this type of building

Off site build

A prefabricated building is a modular system built off site in a controlled factory environment. One advantage of this process is that it can be refined to achieve maximum efficiency. Cost savings in areas like materials, labour and energy usage means that they can be passed on to the customer.

Better Quality control

The build quality can be closely monitored in the production facility throughout the process meaning that the building will be as good as it can be when it leaves the factory. A controlled environment means that less obvious factors like sustainability and green factors can be addressed more easily than would be the case if the building was being built in the traditional way.

Shorter Lead times

A controlled manufacturing process means that the build is scheduled in to the production roster meaning that the delivery date can be precise which allows the site erection to be planned for in an orderly way. Building and traditional building on site from scratch often encounters timescale overruns.

Controlled Cost

The construction method of prefabricated buildings means that the cost is not only competitive but also known to the end user. Other types of building have the potential to be subject to cost overruns due to site conditions or other unforeseen circumstances, which isn’t the case with a prefabricated building.

Quick On site build

When it comes to the actual construction on site it should be fast and non-disruptive. Some prefabricated buildings need a concrete pad laying prior to build, but most can actually be built directly onto existing level ground. Either way, as the manufacturing has been done off-site, its only assembly that needs completing on site which should not disrupt daily operations in any way.

If the site does need to be prepared in any way this can be done while the building is being manufactured. This could reduce time frames by half when compared to a more traditional building, which needs foundations and build carried out sequentially.

A prefabricated building is functional and practical, however it is also versatile with many options of size and type. For example a basic building would consist of a single skin wall, but there are also sophisticated wall panels that can be used if a temperature controlled environment is required. These buildings can also be branded, with company colours and logos, which is particularly useful where the building is used in the retail sector.

These buildings may not make a grand architectural statement, but the price and convenience more than makes up for any shortfall in aesthetics, and unlike a traditional building erected on your premises, they can be hired instead of bought outright.

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