What is a Prefabricated Building? Benefits and Commercial Uses

A black, two-story modular office building in a warehouse.

Prefabricated buildings (sometimes called prefabs) have been a boon to the construction industry. They have reduced construction times, costs, and have greatly improved efficiency of products. While prefabricated buildings are not necessarily new (as they were popular in the 19th century, and were invented much before that), they are still undervalued as an economical and environmental solution. So, what is a prefabricated building? In this article, we will specifically explore the commercial uses of prefabricated buildings, defining what they are, covering their benefits, and going over some common applications.

What is a Prefabricated Building?

A prefabricated building is a structure made of separate components, each of which is made off-site in a factory. These parts are then transported to job sites and assembled. In traditional construction, the entire building is built on-site, which takes longer, costs more, and requires more labor.

An in-plant modular office with roll-up door.

Benefits of Prefabricated Buildings

There are many advantages of using prefabricated buildings for commercial use. Here are some of the most significant:

  • Low costs: Prefabs are more cost-effective than traditional buildings because of reduced labor costs and less waste.
  • Quick setup: Because these buildings can be constructed in a short amount of time, businesses can begin normal operations faster, with little disruption.
  • Flexibility of design: They are also fully customizable, and businesses can change the layout (or even move the entire building altogether) as needs change.
  • High quality: Since their parts are made in a factory, manufacturers can improve upon the quality of components.

Applications of Prefabricated Buildings

There are hundreds of applications for prefab buildings, but let’s cover a few of the most popular options offered by Allied Modular:

  • Modular offices: Perfect for businesses that need to add space at existing locations. These structures are flexible and scalable. Allied Modular offers fully customizable layouts, with many options in colors and materials.
  • Guard shacks: Great for security needs, our prefabricated guard shacks can be equipped with many features, including insulation, HVAC systems, and generators.
  • In-plant or warehouse offices: These are perfect for adding office space within industrial environments, such a factory or a warehouse. They can be used as meeting rooms, training rooms, break rooms, and more.

A modular in-plant office.

How to Choose the Right Manufacturer

Choosing the right manufacturer involves carefully considering several factors:

  • Customization: Look for providers that offer many options and materials to make sure that your specific project needs are met.
  • Warranties: Since any construction project can be expensive, it’s important to choose a company that provides warranties on their buildings. At Allied Modular, we offer 10-year warranties on interior buildings and 1-year warranties on exterior buildings.
  • Customer support: Choose a manufacturer that offers support both before and after installation. With attentive customer support, issues can be solved quickly.

If you’re planning your next project and need a prefabricated structure, reach out to Allied Modular for a free quote to secure both high quality solutions and services.

The Bottom Line

Prefab buildings are a wise choice for businesses who may need to expand or optimize their spaces in the future. With benefits ranging from cost savings to lowered construction timelines, these structures are perfect for businesses who need to save on both time and money.

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