Metal Buildings: Pros and ConsBy: Carports, Tents and Sheds Staff Writers
Of all the types of structures that can be used for outdoor storage and other purposes, almost nothing beats metal buildings. A metal building is versatile for all types of outdoor use due to its strength, durability, versatility and cost relative to other structures.
What makes metal buildings such a popular option for businesses and homeowners alike? Metal storage buildings, metal garage buildings, and other prefab metal buildings are often used by residential customers who need extra storage space and they function well as sheds or portable garages. The reasons they are used by homeowners is similar to the reasons that there are so many commercial metal buildings constructed for businesses. There are many pros to metal building construction that make it such a popular option. There are cons as well, and we will run down the benefits and drawbacks of metal buildings below.
Benefits of Metal Buildings:
Strength – Perhaps one of the largest benefits of metal buildings is their strength. Using metal or steel in the construction of structures makes for very strong buildings. Metal buildings do not require a great deal of added support structures or intricate design elements in order to add strength to the design, since metal building construction in and of itself offers strength that is unsurpassed by other materials.
Durability – In addition to the strength that metal offers, metal building components also offer the benefit of durability. Metal lasts longer than other materials, such as wood, vinyl or plastic, and requires virtually no maintenance. When constructing metal buildings, you do not have to worry about mold, mildew, rot, insect damage and other issues that often arise with wood buildings.
Versatility – Metal buildings can be used for everything from a small shed in a backyard to a large commercial building. Metal building systems are very versatile and can provide functionality for many different purposes. For homeowners looking to install a metal shed for extra storage, there are metal building kits that can easily be assembled for a strong and inexpensive storage option. For businesses that require large warehouse space, garages, or storage, a metal building contractor can design a structure that can meet those commercial needs, no matter how large the structure needs to be. Metal building manufacturers offer prefabricated metal buildings in many styles and sizes to meet a variety of purposes, which are a great option for homeowners or small businesses, or a contractor can easily design and construct a building to meet any needs.
Exterior design – Metal buildings can be made to look like almost any type of structure, depending on the exterior finish. There are different coatings that can be applied to metal building structures to provide different color options or different finish options. Some can even be made to look like wood buildings.
Affordability – Among the building options available to homeowners or businesses today, metal is among the most affordable of building options. Metal building prices will vary depending on many factors, including the design, type of metal used, finishes, and other criteria but are generally less expensive than wood buildings or buildings constructed from other materials.
Sustainability – Metal is a very sustainable material because it is easily recycled. When a metal building is demolished, it is often possible to reuse the metal from the structure for another purpose. Some metal building contractors also go out of their way to use recycled metal in the design and construction of their buildings as well.
There are some drawbacks to metal buildings as well, although for the most part the benefits usually outweigh the drawbacks.
Drawbacks of Metal Buildings:
Temperature regulation – It is sometimes difficult to regulate temperature and airflow within a metal building structure. This is because metal building insulation is not as efficient as the insulation qualities of other building materials. For this reason, most metal buildings are used for storage or garage purposes, rather than for living purposes – you do not find many metal building homes around because metal is not the best material for constructing residential living structures.
Noise – Metal buildings can also be rather noisy. For the same reasons as the issues in temperature regulation – lack of insulation – the structures can carry noise and there can be lots of echoing in the open space.
Dents and rusting – While metal buildings don’t have the same issues as wood buildings or other structures with rot, mildew, mold and insects, one of the issues they may have is with rust. Rusting of metal buildings primarily occurs in situations where a dent or large scratch occurs that is left unfixed. When the unfinished edges are exposed to the elements, rust can occur. This is easily rectified by quickly fixing any dents or scratches or covering them with a sealer to prevent rust from forming.
As you can see, there are both benefits and drawbacks to installing metal buildings. Metal buildings are a great option for homeowners that are looking for shed space, storage space or portable garage space. While they may not be quite as attractive as wooden sheds, installing a metal shed can be efficient and affordable. Metal building kits make it easy for homeowners to construct their own shed with minimal effort and monetary savings, which is a big plus for most homeowners.
You can find metal buildings for sale at most major home improvement stores and some other commercial retailers. Metal building kits can also be ordered online and can be shipped directly to your home for onsite assembly. Metal building prices will vary by manufacturer, style, size and other options, but you will generally find pricing to be attractive in comparison to structures constructed from other materials.