Want To Turn A Pre-Engineered Metal Building Into A Home? Start With This Information

Alternative housing options have never been more popular than they are today. Instead of being limited to a choice between mobile homes or traditional stick-built homes, people are now transforming inexpensive products, like portable sheds, shipping containers, and metal building options previously used mainly for agricultural needs into comfortable, efficient homes for their families. 

If you have become interested in an alternative housing project, this information about using pre-engineered metal buildings is a good place to begin your journey. 

Verify site regulations

Because alternative housing projects are still considered to be outside the norm by many cities, counties and states, it is critical that you verify the housing regulations for the homesite you have selected before making any commitment to purchase. County assessors, planning and zoning boards, and local code inspectors can all provide information specific to your area. Failure to take this step can lead to wasted time, money, and hard work, if existing housing restrictions prevent you from being able to get an occupancy permit upon completion of your alternative housing project. 

Understand potential weather-related issues

Pre-engineered metal buildings come in a variety of designs and metal gauges, some of which may not be suitable for all locations or usages. For example, areas where frequent snow storms or excessive winds are common will need to verify that the building they wish to purchase can withstand those conditions without risk of collapse or serious damage. In addition, prospective purchasers will want to ensure that the building they choose can provide adequate load-bearing support for the interior walls, ceilings, floors, and other parts of their design.  

Plan for effective insulation

While a pre-engineered metal building offers a fast, cost-effective way to erect a shell for an alternative residence, purchasers must make a good plan for effective insulation to insure that the interior can be kept comfortably warm or cool in all seasons. Pre-engineered metal buildings, especially those with curved or arched architectural features, can be difficult to install traditional types of insulation, like batts or rolls. 

Spray foam insulation, however, can be applied directly to the interior surface of the metal building. In addition to ease and speed of installation, this type of insulation can prevent concerns about condensation, which can be problematic in any metal structure when used as a residence.

Pre-engineered metal buildings are available in an array of sizes and configurations, many of which can be readily adapted for residential use. To see available designs and get information about site preparation and installation timelines, contact a pre-engineered metal building contractor.