The primary load-bearing structure of commercial buildings can come from a variety of sources. Based on your objectives, your location, and your future needs, a diversity of options are available. When it’s time to build your next commercial building, discover the best fit for your unique needs through a careful look at the benefits of each type of commercial building construction. Here are some pros and cons of the favorites:
Wood is one of the oldest materials used for construction, and it is now back in the spotlight when it comes to possible sources of materials for commercial buildings.
- Building with wood can save both time and money.
- Wood is relatively abundant in its availability.
- Its cost is low compared to other materials.
- It is easily customizable to fit your business’s unique needs.
- Wood is easy to modify and can be put together in a relatively short period of time.
- Builders and contractors are super familiar with wood and work with it well historically.
- Although there are great benefits to using wood, there are a few downsides to it—like the significant amount of waste that occurs when wood is used in construction framing. A lot of environmental waste results due to the fact that it may be shaped or resized on-site.
- If moisture ever penetrates the structure, wood can host mold and mildew, which can create the toxicity of a building over time.
- If wood rots, or termites compromise it, major repairs are needed over time, and they can be costly.
- There are a limited number of options when it comes to designs while using wood for construction.
Steel has been a major component in the commercial construction industry since the late 1800s.
- Structural steel beams set in concrete allow builders to frame tall, durable, and structurally sound buildings.
- Steel is fire resistant.
- It withstands all kinds of weather elements for years to come.
- Steel is easy to manufacture, and it is often made from recycled material, which decreases its environmental impact and overall cost to clients.
- Steel is easy to customize to meet your unique needs and specifications.
- It is adaptable to a variety of architectural design styles.
- Steel offers clean minimalist lines and easily accomplishes the need for open spaces in today’s modern design structures.
- It is manufactured to your building’s specifications with precision—off-site. The off-site manufacturing reduces errors and decreases the need for modifications on-site, making it more affordable.
- Steel is extremely durable.
- There is no need to be concerned about rot, termites, mold, or mildew when it comes to building with steel.
- Steel helps people who are avoiding environmental and health issues because it isn’t prone to mold, mildew, or rot.
- There is a higher materials cost for steel.
- Steel is harder to customize on-site, so changes are difficult.
Concrete has been used for over 2,000 years for construction projects.
- Concrete is used in parking decks, skyscrapers, and modest commercial buildings.
- It is affordable.
- Concrete is generally supplied locally.
- One big plus about concrete is that it can be shaped easily into almost any form, making it ideal for businesses needing shapes outside the standard choices other materials can accommodate.
- It is fire resistant and extremely durable (think roads and bridges).
Concrete absorbs and retains heat well, aiding in keeping utilities lower due to its effective thermal mass.
- Cement, an element in concrete, is a big contributor to pollution due to the fact that it produces the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
- It has a heavy look to it aesthetically.
- Concrete can appear dirty or run down over the years.
Bricks help buildings stay comfortable throughout the year due to their thermal mass. If you are in a climate that gets warm in the summer and cold in the winter, a brick building will keep you comfy without escalating your utility bills.
- Bricks help reduce outside noise so you can concentrate on your work indoors.
- Bricks are recyclable, reusable, and don’t produce pollution.
- Bricks are durable.
- They come in a large variety of sizes and colors, making customization options endless.
- Bricks can be difficult to clean.
- They could collect mold if your climate has a lot of moisture.
Engineered Wood Products (EWPs)
Engineered wood products are used in conjunction with wood platform frames to provide structural support. These panels and beams are made of wood particles that adhere together.
- Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are used to form roofs and are excellent insulators.
- SIPs provide the benefit of built-in insulation and are strong enough to be used as load-bearing walls.
- If you desire open ceilings or larger spans, these engineered wood beams can provide strength and length so you can have the architectural elements and style you desire.
- There are limitations on customization since the panels are load-bearing.
- There are restrictions on how many cuts and holes you can put in the beams before structural integrity is compromised.
- SIPs and beams made of manufactured wood are more costly than other building material options.
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