Portable Building UsesBy: Carports, Tents and Sheds Staff Writers
A portable building has many uses. This is due to the fact that the buildings can quickly and easily be set up in just about any location needed and can offer usable space without having to undergo a big construction project. A portable building is basically the same thing as a modular building – the two terms are often used interchangeably. Portable buildings are prefabricated buildings that can be easily set up and then moved when no longer needed or when needed in a different location. A portable building works well when additional storage is needed, as temporary office space during a larger construction project or even in a school when additional classroom space is needed but funding is not in the budget to add on to the school.
So what is it that defines these types of buildings? Portable buildings are either completely prefabricated from the manufacturer or there are portable building kits available that make putting up the building a quick and relatively inexpensive process. A portable building, or modular building, can be used in one location and then moved when the space is no longer needed because it is easy to move intact or can be disassembled and then reassembled. For example, in a school district if one school has a higher population for a number of years and needs additional space, portable modular buildings can meet those space requirements. If a few years down the road the student body population decreases at one school and increases at another, the portable building can be moved and set up in the new school to handle the space issues without a major construction project and the ensuing budget issues needed.
When it comes to portable buildings there are many uses. Here are just a few common uses for a portable building:
Portable storage buildings – A portable storage building is one of the most common types of portable building. It is an inexpensive way to handle increased needs for storage. Portable buildings can be used by businesses, both large and small, to hold inventory, stock, equipment, or even building supplies during a planned construction project. Even homeowners can use portable storage buildings to contain items that they own, and many often do on a small scale. A shed is an example of a small portable storage building, although large portable storage buildings are available in just about any size needed for commercial purposes.
Portable office buildings – A portable office building is a great option during another larger construction project so that the day-to-day operations of the business are not compromised during the upheaval of construction. A portable office building is also an option when a business has outgrown its current space but is not ready to embark on a large and expensive construction project or when the additional space is needed for only a limited amount of time. Portable office buildings can be a permanent solution as well and many of the newer buildings have all of the amenities that a more permanent structure has.
Portable school buildings – A portable school building is a very common site within many school districts. Portable school buildings provide additional classroom space or administrative space when a school’s population outgrows its surroundings. Portable school buildings are a great solution when space is needed since many school districts do not have funding in their budgets to add on to existing school buildings or to build a new building. Since population numbers fluctuate, it is also easier to realign the space where it is best needed.
Most portable buildings are metal or steel structures, although a portable building can be constructed with any type of exterior finish. Portable metal buildings offer strength and durability but are quicker to build than traditional wood frame construction. A portable metal building is constructed with an all metal or steel support structure. In some cases the exterior of the building is also metal and in others it can be covered with another finishing material.
You can find portable buildings for sale by searching online or contacting portable building manufacturers directly. Portable buildings can be purchased and installed by the manufacturer, by an independent contractor, or you can purchase portable building kits to make construction of the building easy but to save some money over ordering a fully constructed portable building. For those that are interested in constructing a portable building on their own, portable building plans can be found online or purchased to make the process easier than going it alone.
If you only have the need for a portable building for a limited amount of time and are not interested in the expense of buying a portable building, you can even rent a portable building or can search for a used portable building to purchase at a lower price. Since the nature of many portable buildings is that they are use for temporary situations, there is a market for used portable buildings for those who are looking for affordable portable buildings but do not want to rent.
Storage, office space and additional classrooms are just some of the uses for a portable building. There are plenty more, however, and since a portable building can be constructed in just about any size and with any number of amenities, portable buildings are a versatile option anytime additional space is needed for any purpose.