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What are the Different Types of Prefabricated Metal Buildings?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: C. Wilborn
  • Last Modified Date: 02 October 2018
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Prefabricated metal buildings are often manufactured in a manner that allows them to be quickly assembled and used. Sometimes, however, prefabricated metal buildings are manufactured in their completed forms so that no assembly is required. These structures are generally available in a variety of designs and can be used for numerous purposes, such as storage, offices, and residences.

The prefabricated metal buildings that are manufactured to completion are generally the smaller options. Lawn and garden sheds are examples of structures that tend to be readily available without requiring any assembly. Cargo containers can also be purchased in their completed form. Although these are generally designed for storage and transportation, they are often used for other purposes. In poor countries, sometimes a container is bought with the intention of using it to house a small shop.

Trailers may also be available without requiring assembly. These are often utilized as offices on construction sites or at locations where the interior of business facilities are being renovated. Some schools also use trailers when the main buildings do not have enough space. These structures may be used by educational bodies as classrooms, workshops, or storage facilities.

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Mining is an industry the often relies heavily on prefabricated metal buildings. These are used not only for offices but often for living quarters as well. Although mining ventures are generally long-term, it is often considered unreasonable to build permanent structures. Prefabricated living quarters can be erected quickly and can contain amenities to make them feel like homes. Some have multiple rooms, including kitchen and bathroom facilities.

Prefabricated metal buildings can be very large. Some mining camps use such structures to create dining and entertainment halls. Militaries may also use large prefabricated structures on temporary military bases. These could include gymnasiums, communication centers, or supply warehouses.

Some large prefabricated metal buildings are erected with the intention of using them as permanent structures. In the agricultural industry, these structures can be used as low-maintenance alternatives to traditional structures such as barns and stables. Religious organizations may use prefabricated metal buildings as churches or sanctuaries. In the aviation industry, these structures are often used as aircraft hangars.

One advantage of prefabricated buildings is the ability to design and customize the structures to a client’s specifications. These structures may also be fitted with various amenities and accessories, which can vary according to the manufacturer. Additionally, these buildings often require less maintenance across their lifetimes than structures made of other materials.

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