Advantages of Pre Engineered Buildings

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If 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.

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

  • Insulation
  • Wall Lights
  • Windows
  • Skylights

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

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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

Enduring Storms

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.


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.

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.


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.

Factor 5: Construction

Pre engineered buildings require no welding and feature all bolt together construction. Each building’s framed openings are pre-punched at the factory, making installing the customization components extremely easy.

Savings Over Traditional Construction

When compared to to traditional construction methods, you can save up to 50% on time and material costs. This along with all of the reasons outlined above make a pre engineered building the right choice for your project.