What Actually are Pre-Fabricated Structures?
Pre-fabricated structures are buildings manufactured in a factory or other manufacturing site and transported to their intended destination once complete. In line with pre-fabricated structures, you might also hear of pre-fabricated components, which refer to individual parts of the building structure such as doors, windows or trusses. These can also be constructed off-site and later transported to where the building will be completed. In this blog post, we will look at what pre-fabricated structures are, along with their applications and benefits.
What are pre-fabricated Structures?
In some situations, a developer might prefer to have their building pre-fabricated. A pre-fabricated structure, also known as offsite construction or modular construction, is manufactured at a site other than the construction site. Once the components and structures have been completed, they will be moved to the construction site for final assembly and installation steps. The prefabrication process, however, includes more than just manufacturing. It encompasses the planning, design, engineering and transportation of partially completed building materials.
Pre-fabricated structures can be manufactured with various materials, such as concrete, timber and steel, but pultruded fiberglass is becoming an increasingly popular choice due to its many benefits. The benefits of using pultruded fiberglass for prefabrication include it being cost-effective, easily engineered into custom shapes and having multiple high tolerances.
Pre-Fabricated Structures and Their Applications
Pre-fabricated structures are used for a variety of reasons. Whether a temporary building is needed on hospital or school grounds or for use as a medical camp, there are many applications.
- Evacuation Centers
- Equipment Housing
- Vacation Homes
- Medical Camp
- Security Cabins
- Single, Detached Houses
Modular construction, or pre-fabricated structures, has many applications because of the benefits they provide construction companies and developers. From reduced waste materials to consistency of products, keep reading to discover more benefits.
The Benefits of pre-fabricated Structures
There are numerous benefits to manufacturing structures offsite. Not only is prefabrication a cost-effective method of building, but it also allows flexibility for the application it's intended for. In this section, we will outline the key advantages of pre-fabricated structures.
- Cost Effective
- Easy to Meet Standards
- Fast Turnaround
- High Quality
- More Control
- Reduced Risks on Construction Site
Manufacturing components and structures in a specific location, such as a factory, reduces workers' risk on a construction site. Manufacturing facilities are controlled environments with safety protocols in place.
Strongwell and pre-fabricated Structures
Strongwell manufacture a range of pultruded fiberglass products that are ideal solutions for both temporary and permanent pre-fabricated structures. Pultruded fiberglass can be molded formed into precise shapes, and its compositional and geometric properties can be tailored to your requirements.
For more information on how our pultruded fiberglass products can be used in pre-fabricated structures or for modular construction applications, contact us today, and we’ll be happy to help.