The Pros and Cons of Using Temporary Building Structures

With the rising cost of labor and building materials, many jobsites are looking to cut down on costs as much as possible. Temporary fabric buildings perform similarly to brick-and-mortar buildings and are cost effective, but that doesn’t mean they’re a suitable option for every project. If you’re trying to determine if a fabric building is right for your jobsite, let’s look at some of the pros and cons of using temporary building structures.

The Pros of Using a Temporary Building Structure

Pro: Flexible and Customizable

When compared to a brick-and-mortar building, temporary structures are easier to customize and have more options. Workers can attach the structure to a variety of foundations and can have lighting, HVAC systems, insulation, and solar panels installed.

Pro: Cost Effective

The components used to build a fabric structure are minimal, including a steel metal framework and a tensioned fabric membrane. This means temporary structures are much more affordable than traditional brick-and-mortar buildings and are a great option for jobsites looking to stay on budget.

Pro: Quick and Easy To Build

Due to the minimal amount of material used to make the structure, only a small crew is required to erect it, which is relatively quick and easy to do. Smaller structures take only a few hours to erect, while large temporary buildings take around two to three days to complete.

The Cons of Using a Temporary Building Structure

Con: Difficult To Transport

Temporary structures can have mobility accessories installed so you can move them from one jobsite to the other. However, the additions cost more, and if you need to move the building a considerable distance, the disassembly and assembly process adds more time.

Con: Hard To Connect Utilities

Again, temporary buildings can also have electrical systems added to the structure, but it’s at an additional cost. Comparatively, hooking up utilities in a brick-and-mortar building is a lot simpler, and electrical systems typically come included within the base cost of construction.

Con: Less Durable in Comparison

Temporary structures are durable, built to last, and can handle heavy snow and wind loads. However, there’s just no way to beat the durability of brick-and-mortar buildings. At the end of the day, the fabric isn’t going to surpass the endurance of brick, concrete, and steel.

Is a Temporary Building Structure Right for Your Project?

Now that you know the pros and cons of using temporary building structures, it’s time to ask the ultimate question—are they right for your jobsite? Ultimately, the answer depends on what you need the building for and the time and resources you have at your disposal.

If you need a structure that will last for years to come and have the time and money to put into construction, a brick-and-mortar building is the better option. However, if you’re looking for a fast and cost-effective way to safely house and store machinery and materials, you should consider using a temporary structure.



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