Advantages of Pre-Engineered Buildings

These 4 advantages set our buildings apart from other options.

Advantages of Pre-Engineered Metal BuildingsaIf you Google “pre-engineered steel buildings” while looking for a new business facility, garage church, or other building type, it’s clear that there are plenty of options. It’s easy to see that not all buildings look alike, but it’s even more important to recognize that not all buildings are built equally.

Chances are that you have heard about these types of buildings but you may not know about all of the advantages that make them the top choice for your project. Below are four factors that make General Steel the most sought-after brand in the industry and the best choice for your project.

Factor 1: Customization

A cookie-cutter building design may work for applications such as a backyard shed or sod storage, but it’s likely a more customized structure would work better for you. Some of the customizable aspects of our pre-engineered steel buildings described below make your structure more reliable while others add functionality and aesthetic features. Either way, as you envision your new building, customizability is the difference between the perfect building and settling for the status quo.

Designed According to Use

No matter the reason for constructing your new building, there are design considerations that simply make your building more efficient and functional. Here are some instances where being able to design for a specific use is beneficial.

  • Auto Repair Shops: The right combination of bay sizing and spacing is essential for an auto shop to generate revenue from every possible square foot while maintaining an effective workspace for the mechanics.
  • Churches: Accounting for a stage, chairs or pews and even a fellowship area is a science. General Steel designs its church buildings to utilize every square foot of space efficiently with room to accommodate patrons and a variety of events. Our pre-engineered metal buildings can even be designed with a future expansion in mind.
  • Warehouses: Engineering a warehouse space to be column free ensures that every available portion of rentable or storage space is available. With up to 300’ of clear span area possible, pre-engineered steel buildings make this goal easily attainable.
  • Garages: Our team takes your unique combination of cars, gear, tools and other garage essentials into account when designing your garage or workshop. This ensures that the space is tailored for you personally and you’re not left trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.
  • Homes: Your specific combination of rooms can be sketched into a custom residential plan, making a metal building home more attractive than a track home development.

Accessories and Colors

Choosing the right mix of metal building components is just as important as the size and shape of your building. Adding any of the following accessories to your building order will improve the functionality of the exterior and interior of your building.

Exterior Accessories

  • Roll Up Doors
  • Sectional Overhead Doors
  • Bi-Fold Doors
  • Gutters and Downspouts

Interior Components

You can also personalize your pre-engineered building with a variety of color schemes including a monochromatic, complementary or analogous selection.


Colors that are shade or tint variations of the same hue.

Monochromatic Colors


Colors across from each other on a color wheel.

Complimentary Colors


Colors located adjacent to each other on a color wheel.

Analogous Colors
Engineered for Your Exact Location

Engineered for Your LocationA licensed engineer in your state stamps the plans of all General Steel pre-engineered buildings. Most of the alternative building methods, however, will only provide a “certificate” that says your new building will stand up to the conditions unique to your location.

While a certificate may suffice if you live in an area with temperate weather, a pre-engineered metal building is definitely a better choice if you need it to resist snow loads, wind speeds and even seismic activity common in your locale.

Factor 2: Versatility

After learning about all of the ways you can customize your building, it’s easy to conclude that this type of construction is versatile. Below is a range of applications we have supplied within each building category.

Business Expansions

When looking to expand their businesses, entrepreneurs and some of America’s leading companies choose General Steel buildings.

Advantages of Pre-Engineered Steel

Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings

Private Individuals

Whether it’s an aircraft hangar for a Cessna pilot or a workshop for a hobbyist, a pre-engineered building is affordable and accommodating.

Pre-Engineered Aircraft Hangar

Metal Workshop Building

Churches and Non-Profit Organizations

From a small congregation moving into its first sanctuary to a mega church adding a gymnasium, General Steel buildings are the leading choice for churches as they establish and grow.

Advantages of Pre-Engineered Buildings for Churches

Pre-Engineered Steel Gym Buildings

Institutional Buildings

Steel school buildings are a more budget-conscious decision than portable school buildings and our fire stations provide ample room for living quarters as well as fire engine parking.

Steel School Buildings

Pre-Engineered Buildings for Fire Stations

Factor 3: Strength and Durability

For many people, a pre-engineered metal building is one of the biggest investments they will ever make, especially if it’s being used as a primary residence. Simply put, you get what you pay for and if you opt for a cheaper “economy” building you will be sacrificing the strength and durability synonymous with rigid frame buildings. The difference is in the framing and here’s what sets a pre-engineered metal building apart from the alternatives.

Primary Framing

Although a pre-engineered building is erected on top of a concrete slab or piers, the primary framing is really the foundation of the building’s strength. When compared to the primary framing of other types of buildings, it’s no wonder why there’s no equal.

Primary Framing: Pre-Engineered Metal Buildlng

Your Primary Framing Options:

Arch Style: Thin sheeting is attached to a concrete slab and is relied upon to support the entire building.

Pole Barns: Wooden poles are placed into shallow holes and the soil is ultimately relied upon to support the structure.

Light Gauge: At first glance the framing looks like it is made up of I-beams, however these I-shaped beams are nothing more than aluminum in most cases.

Pre-engineered Buildings: Are constructed using 100% American-made I-beams that were engineered to withstand the atmospheric conditions in a given location.

Secondary Framing

The secondary framing  consists of girts, purlins, bracing and eave struts. These ancillary framing measures reinforce the primary framing. Most of the alternatives do not have secondary framing.

Secondary Framing: Pre-Engineered Metal Buildlng

If there’s any question what type of building is the strongest and most durable, do a simple Internet search for storm damage. Most of the images you see of failed commercial buildings are Quonset huts, pole barns and light gauge buildings. General Steel pre-engineered buildings, on the other hand, have endured even the strongest storms time and time again as seen in this video.

Dare to Compare?

Every day our customers send us their quotes from other companies. The most common estimating errors we see relate to loading the building correctly. It doesn’t really matter whether the mistake was deliberate to cut costs and change order you later or simply just a mistake. Either way, your building could fail under snow loads or wind loads common to your locale if underloaded. Typically we see that the lower priced buildings are underloaded by as much as 40% when compared to a General Steel building.

General Steel Buildings 100%
Alternatives 40%

Our Price Match Promise

If you have a quote from another company, send it to us for a free price evaluation. General Steel will not be undersold!

Factor 4: Value

Consumers are always looking for the most value whether they’re buying a car, television or pre-engineered building. While rigid frame buildings are not the cheapest available option, they certainly deliver the most value.

Initial Investment

Prefab buildings often carry a higher initial investment than light gauge buildings or other building designs. At around $8-$14 per square foot, metal buildings can be out of some preliminary budgets, but it’s better to save your money. In fact, in some areas local insurance companies won’t even insure the alternatives, so you may end up replacing your building out of your own pocket. It’s better to buy once than twice and have a building that will last for generations.


All General Steel buildings come standard with the best warranties in the industry. Your other options may come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty, but that perils in comparison to the General’s 50-year structural, 40-year paint and 25-year Galvalume roof warranties.

Pre-Engineered Buildings are Green Building MaterialsSustainability

Steel is one of the most sustainable building materials on earth. If one of your project goals is to build green, look no further than steel since it is 100% recyclable and can be recycled an infinite number of times.

Need Help? We’re Listening!

If you’re not quite convinced a pre-engineered metal building is the best choice for your project, give us a call at 1-800-745-2685 or message us @gensteel on Twitter to speak with a representative at our Corporate office. He or she will walk you through the advantages specific to your steel building project.

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When it comes to constructing a new building you have options, but not all buildings are created equal. Find out why pre-engineered metal buildings are the best choice for your upcoming project and why General Steel is the leading brand in the industry.
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