Factors To Consider for Modular Buildings Systems
March 17, 2017
If you are considering putting up a commercial building, you can choose a preferred construction method between, modular and traditional onsite building. Over the years, modular building systems have increased in number as builders and owners alike learn about their advantages over those built on site.
If you are considering putting up modular commercial buildings, you will need to consider some important factors before you proceed with the project.
What Are Modular Buildings?
Modular buildings are those that are built in a factory setting, instead of on site. Different parts of the building are prefabricated in a facility, before they are shipped out to the construction site where they are put together with the use of cranes. Once the building is complete it resembles on site built buildings and has the same characteristics.
It is important to note that modular buildings are not the same as manufactured homes, which are actually considered to be mobile buildings. Once a modular building is completed at the building site, it is permanently fixed and cannot be moved.
Now that you know what modular buildings are, read on to find out some of the main considerations to keep in mind when it comes to getting one built.
Choosing A Manufacturer
Choosing the right manufacturer for your modular building is vital. Just like you would look for the best builder for a regular on site constructed building, you need to take the time to find the best manufacturer to source the modular building components from. This is because different manufacturers may be serving different markets or offering varying design selections. As such, it is recommended that you take the time to research the available options before selecting the most appropriate one.
It is true that the client can specify just about any design. There are also numerous architects specializing in creating modular designs for commercial projects. It is however worth noting that simpler designs ensure that you get to reap all the benefits associated with modular buildings including lower project completion costs as well as shorter delivery periods.
Complicated modular designs take longer to manufacture, therefore increasing the cost. This actually means that most of the savings made by choosing this construction method are substantially reduced or even completely wiped out.
Site preparation is an important part of the modular building process. The foundation built to hold the modular building should perfectly fit the measurements of the structure to be placed above it. It is worth noting that any deviations in this respect could render the foundation unusable.
Furthermore, it is important to prepare the site accordingly to accommodate the proper operation of the machinery, including cranes, to be used in putting together the modular commercial building. For instance, overhanging trees and cables should be cleared.
Choosing to put up modular commercial buildings can actually save you a lot of time and money. However, some aspects such as putting up a basement are left out of the cost of the modular building as they must be constructed separately, on site.
Consider all these factors beforehand to ensure that you end up making an informed final decision.