Pros and cons of prefab and new construction commercial buildings
If you are a business owner who is looking to build on vacant land you’ve probably wondered if you should go with a prefab building or build new construction from the ground up. Both of these situations have their advantages and disadvantages. At Sharrett Construction, we know a business owner’s time is extremely valuable. That’s why we’ve worked out all the pros and cons of prefab and new construction commercial buildings in this easy to read guide.
Prefab Building Pros & Cons
In today’s world, prefabrication encompasses the practices of assembling various structural components at a manufacturing site and then delivering and assembling the pieces on your vacant land. This type of construction is often used in warehouses, hotels, apartment complexes, high rise buildings and shopping centers. Prefabricated materials usually consist of concrete, steel and large glass panes.
The pros of building prefab: This modular method of construction is one of the most cost-effective options out there. It’s also more efficient than having your building constructed completely on-site. In fact, it can cut your total construction time by 30 to 50 percent! This faster construction speed also lowers labor costs and allows you to begin using your new facility sooner. Most prefab buildings are made with metal and steel; that means they’re durable, flexible, and safe. Steel and metal are also extremely recyclable and sustainable.
The cons of building prefab: You have less customization when it comes to choosing a prefab building, and piece size is limited by transportation laws. Your pre-fab building also is not specifically engineered for the location you are choosing, which could lead to problems down the road.
New Construction Building Pros & Cons
You’re pouring your heart and soul into your business so you want everything to be just right. That means working one-on-one with a contractor to build your commercial property from scratch. With a new construction building, you specify each aspect of the space, and it is tailored 100% to your wants and needs.
Pros: Constructing a commercial building from the ground up means everything can be customized. For example, with new construction buildings clear span framing is more attainable. This is a necessity if you will need ample open space, without pillars and support beams. New construction buildings often have a stronger structure than prefab commercial buildings as less pieces are involved. A finished new construction building is a work of art, can permit unusual design aesthetics and be anything you want it to be.
Cons: Your timeline will be longer with a new construction building. In addition, costs are typically higher due to the additional labor needed to complete construction. While you have more versatility, customization comes at a cost.
Sharrett Construction – Your Commercial Construction General Contractor of Central Florida
Whether you’re looking for new construction, tenant build-outs, a renovation, or need onsite help to finish out a prefab building, the building experts at Sharrett Construction are here to help. Schedule a consultation with one of our commercial contractors today by calling (863) 840-9781.
Sharrett Construction is proud to serve our clients throughout the area of Central Florida, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, Plant City and Brandon.