Auto Shops & Dealerships
Kickstart Your Auto Business with a Pre-Engineered Steel Building
For construction speed, ease of extension, and strength-to-weight ratio, steel surpasses concrete and any other material on the market today.
Highly resistant to external stress and virtually maintenance free, steel also offers the strongest frames and customized exteriors. Plus, steel is energy efficient and 100% recyclable, making it a sustainable building material that often comes with warranties of up to 35 years!
Detailed below are some of the most important features and benefits associated with modern metal buildings:
Whether you are planning to open up a new auto repair business or seeking to expand your already-thriving business, it would behoove you to consider making the move to a Pre-engineered Steel Building (PEB) for your shop. Why? There are lots of reasons. Among them are:
But possibly the most important advantage from an auto repair perspective is:
Auto shops present some unique challenges. They must be able to provide support for extremely heavy loads from pulleys and winches as well as the ability to hang and shelve heavy equipment. The word “steel” in itself signifies strength, and when it is pre-engineered into an auto shop, it is able to provide adequate support for virtually any conceivable load that would be found in this business. Steel I-beams like those used in constructing high-rise buildings can be used as beams and columns in strategic places and can take the worry out of load-handling.
Another important factor in an auto shop is openness. Nothing is more difficult than trying to efficiently arrange lifts, pulleys, and other work areas around existing columns. With a PEB, this challenge does not exist. By using an engineering system called clear-span, the entire interior of the shop can be built obstruction-free. With this system, spanning capabilities of up to 300 feet can be achieved, much more than most auto shops would ever require. This also make remodeling and equipment rearranging a breeze because you will not be stymied by the inefficient placement of stationary columns. Of course, some columns are always necessary, for attaching lifts and shelving and for running electric and pneumatic power lines. But the beauty of a PEB is that those columns can be placed and moved almost as easily as the equipment itself.
Given today’s economy and a business’s potential for growth, constructing a Pre-engineered Steel Building is really the only sensible alternative for the discerning auto businessman.
* For example, the European Steel Design Education Programme (ESDEP) cites “ease of extension” as one of steel’s foremost advantages in the commercial and industrial building markets, next to its “high strength-to-weight ratio” and “speed of erection.” It noted steel’s “ease with which metal sections can be connected to existing work” to be of particular significance.