Temporary buildings and prefabricated structures are always going to be compared to more traditional buildings and workspaces. Terms like ‘temporary’ and ‘prefabricated’ can often throw up doubts in minds about suitability and functionality.
Are these justified thoughts or unwarranted misconceptions? How do storage buildings, industrial canopies and prefab options differ from the more common brick and mortar approach? Are there any similarities between the types?
The prefabricated nature of temporary and storage buildings means they can be erected very quickly. In fact, they are designed to be installed and ready to go in a short period of time. Between the sourcing and moving in stages, there’s minimal downtime, fuss and disruption.
More traditional premises require a little more to be ready. Having to find and maybe wait for property to become available can take a very long time, often resulting in a feeling of uncertainty. Difficulty knowing when and where property will be available can also make it difficult to plan, operationally and financially
Despite the often used ‘temporary’ and ‘storage buildings’ terms, prefabricated structures are much more than simply a means to keep stock and excess items. It might be true that they’ve historically been connected with keeping unused items out of the way but times and technology really have changed.
With an emphasis on being able to cater for a broader range of activity, manufacturers can now adjust designs to accommodate all manner of specifications and requirements. Even in highly sensitive circumstances, such as temperature controlled areas or storage of high-value items, there’s a capability to incorporate everything that a business needs.
Of course, ‘conventional’ buildings can play home to almost any specifics. It may be undeniable that the more traditional approach is better suited to a wider range of uses but storage buildings are starting to catch up and there isn’t as much in it than you may have thought.
Again, the term ‘temporary’ might not lend as much credit to these buildings as they deserve. The name may denote short-term solution but in some cases, businesses can get as much as thirty years or more of use out of storage buildings and prefabricated structures.
In comparison, traditional buildings should be able to withstand just about any length of time, barring disaster. With that being said, endurance or durability needn’t be a deciding factor in an overall decision, especially when downtime and overall costs are factored in.
Most business decisions are influenced by cost, or rather, cost-effectiveness. When weighing up the key differences between storage buildings and traditional structures, it can be difficult to get a true reflection of how economic a decision for either may be.
Firstly, there’s the price of the premises. If you’re renting premises, the outlay will likely be much higher than hiring storage buildings. Purchasing a prefabricated structure can make the cost even smaller. The structure belongs to you meaning there is no rent or hire fee to pay.
Which of these options works best varies depending on long-term business objectives and resources available. There’s also additional costs of any estate agents, council tax and other fees to consider.
With a shrewd plan and continued success, hopefully, your business will continue to grow. As a by-product of this, further workspace and capacity may need to be acquired as and when there is a need for it.
When this times does come, the whole process of deciding between the traditional and storage buildings will have to be repeated. Or will it?
Thanks to the modular prefabricated design of temporary structures, expansion is simply case of adding to an already existing design. Traditional buildings don’t have this luxury although prefabricated structures may be used to expand upon them.
In an ideal world, each workplace would have the perfect number of windows, doors, sockets and anything else, all in the perfect place. This may be achievable to some degree with traditional property but temporary and storage buildings really come into their own here.
Having a building made from scratch gives the ultimate control. Size, materials, features and placements are all able to be determined completely by you.
Take a look at our Building Configurator to see the different options available.
More Comparable than Ever
When all of the facts are laid out, it’s easy to see why temporary, prefabricated and storage buildings are gaining more traction with businesses. Whilst they may have been limited in the past, they are now fully capable of assisting companies of all natures and in all sectors.
With enhanced capabilities comes a renewed approach to workspace. One that may just be better suited to your requirements.