How to Cut Steel Building Costs
Steel construction is one of the best types of building available and is a great value for money, not only in terms of maintenance costs but also in terms of overall construction costs. When you choose kafa steel construction, you are already making significant savings. We can also achieve cost savings by optimising the amount of steel used in steel buildings.
1. Choose a standardised building type
Generally speaking, customised building types cost more time and manpower than standardised building types, so it is most appropriate to choose a standardised building type to optimise the price of the building.
The second thing is that all the component manufacturing machinery for standardised building types is pre-adjusted and therefore does not add additional manufacturing costs.
In general, standardised modular buildings can meet the basic needs of many customers, but if there are special requirements, a customised building design can be used, which can greatly meet the various needs at a later stage and achieve long-term economic value.
2. Optimise building dimensions
Simply put, the smaller the size, the lower the cost. However, if you want to build a metal building of the same size at a lower cost, then you need a longer building, not a wider type of building.
Why is this so? Because metal building structures with large spans and column-free structures do not require too many support columns in longer spaces, whereas wider spaces require additional support columns, which disguises the increased construction costs.
3. Clear span or modular
A significant advantage of prefabricated buildings is the large span advantage, which is needed for column-free spaces such as warehouses, hangars, workshops and racecourses. However, when we need a wider building space, we need more steel column supports, which means more steel needs to be used and this clear span construction is not a good way to reduce construction costs.
If you don’t need a clear span type of building, we offer a modular type of structure that uses the least amount of support columns and thus saves on overall construction costs, especially for extra wide structures where modular construction is the cheapest type of building.
The choice between modular or clear span construction ultimately depends on your construction budget and functional requirements, with modular construction being more economical and clear span being more responsive to a variety of needs.
4. Straight or Tapered Column
The straight wall design is a lighter design, a lighter and cheaper type of steel column that is relatively inexpensive and more suitable for building widths of up to 40 feet.
Tapered columns generally refer to a heavy duty steel column type that provides adequate support strength and is generally suitable for large commercial and industrial buildings. Building sizes are generally the least costly up to 10K square feet, beyond this range the price per square foot of construction increases with the size of the building.
In summary, when choosing between straight or tapered columns, please obtain a NINGD quotation in conjunction with your specific functional requirements to select the best building solution.
5. Reduce the height of the eaves
Again, as the materials used increase, your building costs will increase accordingly. So, eaves height is also an area where we need to plan, and it is certainly more cost effective to choose a 12ft height than a 20ft height. If you are planning to buy a mezzanine floor, then a higher building height may actually reduce your cost per square foot.
6、Reducing the pitch of the roof
The pitch of a metal roof also increases the overall cost of construction. With an increase in pitch comes an increase in the amount of steel used, which also increases the overall cost of construction.
Here we recommend the most cost effective roof construction of 1:12, which is a low pitch roof that can effectively reduce your construction costs.
However, if there is heavy snow or rain in the area, a high-slope roof structure is recommended to reduce the stress on the roof and reduce the risk of collapse.
Therefore, when choosing a roof style, please select the best one for the local environment and budget.
7. Carry out self-construction installations
Do you have experience of project installation and if so, this skill will save you thousands in monthly construction costs. The steel components we supply are pre-machined and do not need to be cut and welded again on site. Each frame structure can be easily assembled.
However, kafa Steel Structures still recommends hiring a professional builder for the installation to guarantee the safety of your project.
Making the best choice to reduce steel building costs
When you’re still on the fence about how to effectively reduce your steel building costs, contact our steel engineers today to get the best steel building to match your functional requirements and budget. Seek out additional money-saving tips.
The KAFA steel team is here to help guide you through every step of the way. From determining dimensional requirements to recommending concrete and installation suppliers – our team has the knowledge and tools to provide you with the best experience possible.