Oil and gas is a huge, booming industry in West Texas. To protect that industry, it makes sense to choose a strong, durable shelter for outbuildings, office spaces, and other structures related to oil. Steel buildings can provide that for West Texas oil and gas companies. Steel buildings have the strength, cost-effectiveness, and speedy construction that oil companies need to protect their assets and keep making money. Here’s why those in the oil and gas industry should choose steel buildings:
Steel buildings are quick to erect. This is perhaps one of the most important considerations when choosing a building. Since oil and gas is such a booming industry, you need to keep up. You can’t be stalled waiting for a building to be finished. Steel buildings are one of the fastest types of buildings to construct. Money-making operations will begin more quickly than if you choose a traditional building.
Steel buildings are cost-effective. Choosing steel will save money over time due to reduced labor costs from the fast construction, the lack of maintenance, and lower insurance premiums. Since steel can come in pre-fabricated pieces, this will greatly reduce waste and the extra costs of hauling off waste.
Steel buildings work well with the hot, dry summers and the cold, dry winters of the Panhandle. As we all know, West Texas has some insane weather patterns. It could be 30 degrees one day and 80 degrees the next. Normally it is dry but we never know when it is going to flood. Buildings, especially those used for oil and gas, have to withstand this weather. It was found that we live in the windiest area of the United States and many of the buildings will be out in the middle of nowhere with no protection from the wind. A wood building might warp over a few years of strong winds but a steel building will not. A steel building will not rot, crack, or decay like brick, concrete, and wood. Steel can also withstand a tornado or a fire.
Steel buildings will last for many years. As we just stated, steel buildings don’t decay, they aren’t affected by termites, and they don’t warp. In the oil and gas industry, the last thing a company needs is to replace its buildings every 15 years. That would be a huge waste of time and money.
Steel buildings will provide a low maintenance structure. No company wants to spend its money on repairing and updating a building. There is little (to no) return on that investment. Manpower doesn’t need to be wasted on maintaining structures. A building material like brick constantly has to be repainted. Luckily, steel buildings are extremely low maintenance so instead of wasting time and money on repairs, an oil company can be doing what they do best: working and making money.
Steel buildings are flexible. When a company is doing very well, naturally, it will need room to grow. Steel buildings allow for a large amount of flexibility, design modifications, and additions without a large amount of time. There can be virtually no downtime when expanding a building. Steel buildings are fully customizable to meet a particular company’s needs and state and federal building codes and regulations.