Pre-Engineered Metal Building Systems

Modular Metal Buildings and How They Work

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Anyone who has undertaken a commercial building project will know and understand that it's a pricey endeavor. Everything costs a lot of money, from building materials to labor costs, and there's always concerns about quality of construction over the long run. 

Pre-engineered metal building systems are an answer to these problems, and they provide an alternate solution to anyone looking to put together a steel structure in a hurry. Modular metal buildings are pre fabricated and ready for a wide variety of applications, depending on your needs.

This article will talk about pre-engineered metal building systems in order to give you a better understanding of how they work and why you might want to consider them. We'll talk about the cost advantages of modular metal buildings, and what you'll need to be prepared for in terms of construction and labor.

Let's get started!

How It Works:

Pre-Engineered Metal Building Systems

Pre-engineered metal building systems are not overly complicated in how they work. The concept is pretty similar to the construction of unique steel buildings. Both pre-engineered and unique metal buildings will use a steel frame, usually consisting of 'I beams' to create a framework, around which a skin is constructed. The structural weight rests on the frame, while the skin clads the structure to seal it.

Many pre-engineeered metal buildings will also utilize steel as an exterior cladding, simply because it's also modular and an easy option to put together. It's durable and weather resistant, so it's a great option for warehouses and similar storage structures. However, after the steel frame is put together, you can pretty much use any type of cladding you like. Many pre-fabricated metal building manufacturers will give you a variety of options for exterior cladding. Wood, fabric, concrete blocks and conventional masonry are all legitimate options, so your building can basically look however you want it to!

Generally speaking, pre-engineered steel building construction involves a consultation by the manufacturer you choose. They will come in, assess your needs, and put together a plan for putting the structure together. 

Pre-Engineered Metal Building Systems: Advantages

Why A Prefab Metal Building Might Work For You

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Pre-engineered metal building systems work wonderfully for a wide variety of applications. Many times when people think of them, they go straight to warehouses and farm storage. While they work well for these applications, you can also use them for almost any type of structure. Think of it as a prefabricated frame around which you can build whatever you need. Here are a few advantages of modular steel buildings:

Save Construction Time:

Pre-engineered steel buildings come with standard details and fitting protocols. This means that they are put together very quickly, especially if you opt for a standardized model. They pieces are already put together, and everything is usually ordered all at once. By following the plans, pre-engineered metal building systems go up in no time, meaning your project can be completed in a hurry.

Lower Cost:

You can save a lot of money by going with a pre-engineered metal building system like this, particularly if you don't have any customization on your structure. The main savings come in the form of labor saving and material costs. Pre-engineered metal buildings are typically lighter and use less material than one-off projects, so you save in the materials too.

Structural Integrity, Building Codes:

You won't have to worry about structural integrity of your building because pre-fabricated metal building manufacturers have already dealt with that for you. Most prefab structures are already up to code, and what's more they are optimized for your area. The manufacturer will know exactly the load requirements and weather issues you'll face, so you'll have peace of mind.

Potential Downsides:

Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings

There are some potential downsides of pre-engineered steel buildings, depending on your intended usage.


The real economy of using pre-engineered metal buildings in your construction projects is realized by using standardized systems and building plans. If you have a plan that's a little outside the box, you might be out of luck. Of course prefab steel structures can be easily modified, but it cuts into your savings to do this. On the other hand, small modifications to the original plan won't set you back by very much.


In order to have a pre-fabricated steel building put together for your project, you'll need to have a manufacturer willing to sell to you and put it together. If you're in a remote location this can up the costs significantly, as you'll have to ship in the parts and potentially put it together yourself. 

Pre-Engineered Metal Building Systems:

In most cases, pre-engineered metal building systems will work for almost any commercial project, and they are applicable to virtually any use, from office space to farm storage. They can be modified to fit any use or appearance, so they're definitely worth taking a look at. 

The best place to start is by checking out local prefab building manufacturers and giving them a call. They will be able to give you an idea of price and the process involved. 

Good Luck!