Premade, prefabricated buildings may seem like a relatively recent invention. But decades ago, Sears was selling a DIY house kit that they could deliver straight to your doorstep.
DIY houses in the Sears style went out of fashion for many years, but now prefab buildings are making a comeback. Prefabricated buildings are durable, affordable, and much easier to set up than ever before. The question is, are they worth it for applications like agricultural buildings?
Agricultural construction requires edifices that can withstand the test of time. Farmers and ranchers work on razor-thin margins, so they cannot afford something that will fall apart come next year.
We believe that the future of agricultural construction is with a prefabricated agricultural building. Keep reading as we discuss why.
Prefabricated Agricultural Buildings Are Very Affordable
As we’ve mentioned before, those working in agriculture are on a razor-thin budget. Farmers and ranchers rely heavily on government subsidies to make it through the year. A bad crop can lead to lifelong debt in extreme cases.
Unfortunately, many companies prey upon the desperation of farmers to make more money. Take for example the recent fiasco with John Deere. This monopoly of a tractor manufacturer tried for many years to force farmers to pay for costly repairs and maintenance.
Even with construction contractors, it can be very difficult for farmers to get a good deal when building a barn. This is where a prefabricated barn could save them some money.
Prefabricated buildings reduce the overhead cost to a fraction of what it might be otherwise. You’re taking advantage of mass production.
It’s much more affordable to pay factory workers to construct Butler building parts. Hiring a small team of construction workers to assemble pre-made parts is much cheaper that a full-blown construction project.
Plus, as we will see down below, a prefabricated agricultural building is low maintenance. Repairs further down the line will not be as costly–and will be fewer. You are saving money not just during construction, but in the long run.
They Are Very Low-Maintenance
It may seem like an oxymoron to say that a prefabricated building is low maintenance. After all, these are solutions that do not use concrete and other high-durability materials. One would think, logically, that they would fall apart long before a traditional building.
That might’ve been the case 100 years ago, but not any longer. Modern prefab buildings use high-quality steel and high-quality construction. Given that they are not abused, they can last easily for just as long as other traditional buildings.
Maintenance, like everything else we have mentioned up to this point, can put a dent in a farmer’s budget. Doing surveys of the foundation, patching holes in the roof, and more can stack up to a mean bill.
Part of the reason that prefabricated buildings require less maintenance is because they have less complexity. They have walls, roofs, and the bare minimum of components to hold them together. This does not diminish their safety, rather makes them less fussy by design.
They Are Easier to Replace
Many farmers work in areas with inclement weather. Floods, storms, and in some cases earthquakes. Very little is able to last forever in the rough environment in which an agricultural employee works.
When the flood waters bring down your barn, or a storm tears holes in it, the best you can do is replace things. Ripping up foundations and tearing down walls is a lot of work. And obviously, it’s quite expensive as well.
Prefabricated buildings can go up in a matter of days. They are very easy to take down as well. In an extreme situation where you need to replace a building ASAP, a prefabricated building is the best way to do so.
And going back to the topic of affordability, it’s much cheaper than a complete rebuild. Plus, you get to enjoy the durability of modern prefab buildings.
They Offer a Lot of Variety to Choose from
Agricultural buildings fulfill a wide variety of purposes. You have storage sheds for tractors and equipment, silos for storage of grain, and barns for animals. All of these buildings are necessary to perform your daily operations.
Fortunately, prefabricated buildings can also fulfill whatever purpose you may need. Not only do they have specific building types, but you can customize them to specific use cases.
This makes it easier to add on to your existing edifices. For example, you may need to add a small outbuilding as overflow storage. This is a lot easier when you can slap one on with very little effort or cost.
They Look Good
If there’s one thing prefabricated buildings have a reputation for, it is not being beautiful. Most people see them as a temporary, undesirable addition to a schoolhouse or office. But as we’ve mentioned before, things have changed, and prefabricated buildings are not what they used to be.
Modern prefabricated buildings use sleek, stylish steel sides that mimic other building sidings. You can texture and pattern them to taste, ensuring that the building does not clash with your existing architecture.
Get a Prefabricated Building for Your Agricultural Needs Today
Agricultural buildings are just as important for those in agriculture as the tools they use. Unfortunately, with the staggeringly high cost that comes with the industry, simply setting up a farm building can be difficult. A prefabricated agricultural building is more affordable, more versatile, and still just as effective.
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