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Commercial Metal Buildings: The Benefits of Prefabricated Custom Kits

Alicia Morales

Commercial Metal Buildings: The Benefits of Prefabricated Kits

The term commercial metal building can be misleading. Industrial metal structures and steel buildings are not just for massive retail outlets like Costco and Walmart, or warehouses and the like. In fact, commercial metal buildings don't even need to be used for commerce at all to be considered 'commercial.'

Once a metal structure has a clear span over 32 feet—the width of the building or length of rafters—it is considered a commercial building by most manufacturers and contractors.

Many people ask me, what are the benefits of prefabricated custom commercial metal buildings? The benefits of custom prefabricated commercial metal building kits are:

  1. Commercial metal buildings are more durable than their wooden counterparts.
  2. Prefabricated commercial metal building kits offer much faster construction time.
  3. Metal buildings can be used for various purposes, not just commerce.
  4. They are less expensive than traditional construction methods.
  5. Commercial metal buildings are easier to maintain than wood-frame buildings.

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Commercial metal buildings are stronger and more durable than traditional wood-frame buildings.

Commercial metal buildings are the popular choice for many businesses due to their strength and durability. They are built to last and can withstand severe weather conditions and high winds. Metal buildings are also resistant to fire, termites, and other pests. In addition, commercial metal buildings require less maintenance than traditional wood frame buildings. They are not susceptible to rot or mold and do not require painting or staining. As a result, commercial metal buildings are a wise investment for any business owner.

This is especially true for those who need a structure that may be subject to 'harsh' treatment, such as on a farm or ranch, for fabrication or industrial purposes, or workshops and mechanics.

Prefabricated commercial metal building kits offer much faster construction time.

Prefabricated commercial metal building kits come with all the parts and pieces you need to build your structure. The kit includes the frame, roofing, siding, and trim. As a result, construction is much faster than traditional methods that require cutting and measuring lumber, assembling frames, and applying roofing and siding.

Depending on the size of the building and the surrounding terrain, contractors can usually install a commercial metal building in just a day or over the weekend. This is a stark difference from the weeks or months it takes to build a wooden or brick-and-mortar structure.

Metal buildings are used for a variety of purposes, not just commerce.

Many think commercial metal buildings can only be used for massive retail outlets, warehouses, or auto shops. However, this is not true. Commercial metal buildings can be used for a variety of purposes, including manufacturing plants, churches, schools, garages, offices, and even homes. There are now entire neighborhoods made up of prefabricated metal homes.

To build a commercial metal building, you will need to pull a building permit. The process of pulling a permit may vary depending on your location, but in general, you will need to submit some plans and specifications for the building. When working with top companies like Alpha Structures, engineering plans are provided as part of the process.

In some extreme circumstances, you may also need to submit a soil test or other information. The permit process is vital because it ensures you won't run into problems with your local government for erecting a structure without permits. However, whether or not you choose to pull permits is up to you. Most contractors and metal building companies will still complete your construction regardless if you decide to pull the proper permits. That said, for a commercial metal building, you will need professionally leveled ground, concrete footers, or a suitable concrete pad for the foundation.

They are less expensive than traditional construction methods.

Wood materials are currently riding a lengthy all-time high. The only other time wood has been as expensive as over the last couple of years was a brief spike in 2017.

Commercial metal buildings utilize a prefabricated metal frame which is erected on site. This results in less labor costs since the frame is pre-manufactured and, often, delivered to the job site already assembled. In addition, using metal as the primary building material results in less waste and a shorter construction time frame.

Maintenance is another cost factor. For instance, wood is significantly more susceptible to rot and decay, requiring much more upkeep to keep it looking its best. Over time, the extra maintenance adds up.

Commercial metal buildings are easier to maintain than wood-frame buildings.

Metal is a more durable building material than wood, and it doesn't rot, warp easily, or decay. This means that a metal building will not need to be regularly painted or stained like a wooden building would, and it is less likely to suffer damage from pests such as termites. Metal buildings are also less vulnerable to fire damage than wood-frame buildings.

Here are a few maintenance tips for an ultra-long-lasting prefabricated commercial metal building:

  • Keep the building clean by sweeping and hosing down the surface regularly.
  • Inspect the seams and welds of the metal frame for any signs of rust or corrosion and repair them if necessary.
  • Apply a coat of paint or a sealant to the metal surfaces to further protect them from the elements.
  • Check all screws, bolts, and connectors for tightness and replace them if necessary.
  • Install gutters around the roofline to direct rainwater away from the building.
  • Add insulation to help keep the interior temperatures comfortable in extreme weather conditions.


As you can see, there are many benefits to prefabricated commercial metal buildings. They are easier to maintain, cost less to construct, and are more durable than wooden structures. Additionally, they can be used for multiple purposes, making them a versatile option for businesses. When it comes time to build or expand your commercial property, consider a metal building – it may just be the best decision for your business or storage needs.

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