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Types of Steel Buildings: The Different Options And How To Choose The Right One

Types of steel building

There are so many different types of steel buildings, that it can be difficult to know which one is right for you.

At Vanguard Steel Buildings, we believe it’s important for anyone thinking about a steel building project to understand all of the different options available to them.

In this article, we cover the different types of steel building options to help you choose the right one.

Different Types of Steel Buildings

When it comes to the different types of Steel Buildings, we can narrow them down into three main categories:

  1. Commercial steel buildings
  2. Domestic steel buildings
  3. Agricultural steel buildings

The type of building you choose won’t necessarily impact things like the cost of your steel building, but it’s good to be aware of what types of steel buildings fall under these three categories.

Industrial And Commercial Steel Buildings

First up, we have Industrial and Commercial steel buildings. Steel buildings are an extremely cost-effective and versatile solution for businesses in all industries.

The cold-formed, fully galvanised steel used by the likes of Vanguard is extremely robust and durable meaning it can last for decades.

Common uses of Industrial and Commercial steel buildings are:

  • Warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail operations
  • Office blocks
  • Storage units
  • Car showrooms
  • Transport depots
  • Aircraft hangars
  • Production facilities

Industrial steel buildings are incredibly versatile and you can be sure that whatever the need you have is, you will be able to design the perfect building. They are highly durable and can easily withstand the rigours of daily use.

Whether you’re looking for an insulated building for office space or a storage building to keep materials dry in a temperate-controlled environment, an industrial steel building will allow you to do that easily.

Benefits to a steel industrial and commercial building:

  • Customisable designs – regardless of what your intended use of the building is, there are endless possibilities for what your building can look like and be used for.
  • Large spans – If required, the building can provide large, clear spans of space which is perfect for industrial applications.
  • Durable – Cold-formed steel is extremely robust and durable meaning it can last for decades.
  • Energy efficient – Steel buildings can be insulated and can be kitted out with efficient lighting and heating which can reduce your business energy costs and environmental impact.
  • Quick – Time is money. Steel buildings can be erected quickly due to the pre-fabricated components used.
  • Low maintenance – Steel buildings require very little maintenance which can reduce unnecessary overheads.

Domestic Steel Buildings

The term “domestic steel buildings” covers all the buildings that are commonly purchased by people (rather than businesses) for personal use. Steel frame buildings are a very common building type for domestic use because of how customisable they are. They’re also very quick to erect and are perfect for things such as car storage.

Common uses for Domestic Steel Buildings:

  • Workshops
  • Garages
  • Sheds
  • Home offices
  • Carports
  • Lean-to’s

Like with industrial buildings, you can choose from having a single-skin building, perfect for keeping the weather out, to fully insulated buildings that can be heated to create a warm home office.

Benefits of domestic steel buildings:

  • Design choices – Domestic steel buildings can be designed in a number of ways such as colours, allowing you to style the building in line with your home or surroundings.
  • Durable – Steel buildings are incredibly durable against things like weather and pests. You don’t need to worry about your shed blowing away!
  • Affordable – Steel buildings are often more affordable than traditional building materials such as wood and brick.
  • Efficient – Steel buildings can be incredibly energy efficient. You can use things like insulation to create a warm home office or workshop.
  • Quick construction – Steel buildings can be constructed quickly – often within just 2-4 days. Perfect if you’re looking for a quick and affordable solution. And if you’re a DIY’er, you can likely erect it yourself!
  • Versatile – You can use your steel building for a variety of uses. Garages, workshops, sheds, and home offices are all appropriate and you can change the use whenever you like.

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Agricultural Steel Buildings

The third type of steel building you can get is an agricultural steel building.

Agricultural steel buildings are growing in popularity all over the UK due to the wide range of benefits they provide. Farm buildings such as barns, stables and sheds need to be long-lasting and durable due to the harsh conditions they tend to face.

They are commonly used for things such as the storage of tractors, farm machinery, hay, crop and grain stores and even shelters.

Benefits of agricultural steel buildings:

  • Modular design – Steel buildings are modular meaning they are easy to assemble and disassemble as needed. This means you can move the building or add to the structure if needed.
  • Customisable – You can choose the size, shape and colour of your building easily, allowing you to create the perfect space.
  • Large spans – If required, the building can provide large, clear spans of space which is perfect for agricultural applications.
  • Strength and durability – Steel buildings will easily stand up to wind, rain and snow – never rusting or corroding.
  • Energy efficient – Steel buildings can be insulated and can be kitted out with efficient lighting and heating which can reduce your farming energy costs and environmental impact.
  • Low maintenance – Steel buildings require very little maintenance which means you won’t have to worry about maintaining them.

Choosing The Best Steel Building Type For You

As we mentioned at the beginning, selecting the ideal steel building for you can be a daunting task, but now you’ve read this blog, I hope you have a clear idea of what the best steel building type is for you.

We have shared the three main categories of steel building, sharing the benefits of each and giving you some examples of what you could use them for.

If you’d like a free quote for your commercial, domestic or agricultural steel building project, get in touch with Vanguard Steel Buildings today. We’ll work with you to design a bespoke steel building that’s perfect for you.


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