• Joe Street - Street Toyota

    I'm pleased to write a recommendation. In the summer of 2001 we contracted PSB to add five new service bays to our service department. We are very please with the results and with the length of time it took to do the project. We would definitely recommend them and will be considering them again for any future projects.

  • John Reid - Stanfield Printing Co.

    The price was the lowest I received, probably because PSB listened to what I wanted more than other companies. When something wasn't what I expected (and I'm picky), all I did was mention it and it was fixed to my expectation. When we need another building our first call will be PSB. When we overpaid for the project, the gladly wrote us a check of reimbursement.

  • Darryl Baldwin - Panhandle Tire

    I'm happy to recommend Panhandle Steel Buildings, Inc. I employed Panhandle Steel Buildings, Inc. to build a new building for my company. I found them to be courteous, prompt, and knowledgeable. The work was done professionally, promptley and at a reasonable price. I wouldn't hesitate to use PSB again.

  • Franklin McCasland - Mountain Road Truck Wash

    They erected our 75' X 100' building in 2001 and we are very pleased with the professional job that PSB has done on our building. I would definately recommend PSB to anyone wanting a great looking building. They care about the job that they are doing for you! The follow and service after the job was complete was excellent.

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Learn The Difference Between Prefabricated, Modular, Panel, and Manufactured Buildings

 

If you are researching online for your first steel building, you will come across the terms prefabricated, modular, panel, and manufactured. These terms may cause some confusion if you aren’t sure exactly what they are referring to. Many websites will use the words interchangeably, but in reality they don’t mean the same thing. In order to be on the same page with your steel building company, take a look at the true meaning of each of these terms. You will be more knowledgeable when it comes time to purchase a building and you will be more prepared to make the right decisions. 

Prefabricated

Prefab for short, you hear this one a lot with steel buildings. When a building is prefabricated, it means that the entire building or just portions of the building have been built and assembled in a factory and then shipped to the construction site where it is installed. After the parts are welded together, the rest of the building process can commence such as putting up sheetrock, installing plumbing, putting in electrical components, etc. 

Many steel buildings contain prefabricated portions because it allows for a faster, less expensive construction process. Prefabricated buildings most often show up in the commercial sector, but are becoming more popular in homes. Prefabrication allows for wide, open spaces and tall ceilings, which is important to many steel building owners. 

Panel and Modular fall under the realm of prefabrication but they are slightly different.

Modular

Modular building refers to the process of constructing smaller, separate box-like modules, and then securing those boxes together to form a whole building. The individual modules are created in a factory and then shipped to the construction site on trucks. As you can see, this is a unique type of prefabricated construction. With new technology, modular buildings can become more customizable than ever before. In the past, each module had to remain under 16 feet wide in order to fit on a flatbed truck but now more options are available. 

In the world of steel buildings, modular is an option. It allows for extremely fast construction times, which means that the building owner can occupy the building much sooner than they would with a traditionally constructed building. 

Panel

Panel building is the process of laying down the floor and then lowering sections of the wall in place by using a crane one at a time. It is used more than modular construction for commercial buildings because it allows for more design flexibility, wide, open spaces, and long spans. 

Manufactured 

A manufactured building is built entirely in a factory and shipped to the construction site. Obviously, since the building has to fit on a truck, it has to be rather small. Manufactured steel buildings are best as small garages and carports, not as large steel buildings for commercial businesses.

 

These are the types of steel buildings that could be classified as prefabricated. Of course, there are other types of steel construction methods such as I-beam and steel framed. The important thing to know is that steel is an extremely versatile building material that can form buildings of any size, scope, and purpose imaginable.