What is Prefabricated Steel?

Prefabrication refers to the practice of assembling the components of a building in a factory or a controlled environment, before transporting the complete assembly to the final location of the structure. In contrast, conventional construction practices involve transporting the basic materials to the site, where the workers will carry out the necessary assembling.

Similarly, prefab steel buildings are structures delivered to the construction site after the workers have assembled the structure completely at the manufacturer’s location. Before installing these structures, the workers will need to provide the appropriate foundation in the ground. This foundation will need to support the entire weight of the steel structure.

Contrary to popular opinion, prefabricated steel buildings are not eyesores. Nor are they clones or replicas of other prefabricated structures. Increasingly, these structures are coming with a wide range of options tailored to suit the needs of the property owner.


What is the Difference Between Prefabricated Steel Construction and Conventional Steel Construction?

Prefabricated steel buildings are less expensive than their conventionally constructed counterparts. This is because the builder will cut all materials to precision at the warehouse. Thereafter, the builder will ship the prepared components to your site for assembling. As such, construction work onsite will be minimal. And, this will also help in minimising the time it takes to complete the entire project. Inevitably, this will bring down the project costs as well.


AspectsPrefabricated SteelTraditional Steel
The Design ProcessQuick, as the builders only need to use the basic designs repetitively to create the standard sections and connectionsSlow, because the builder will need to design each steel structure from scratch
The Delivery TimeApproximately five to eight weeks (based on project size)Could range from 20 to 26 weeks (based on project size)
The FoundationsHave a simple design, which is easy to buildTypically need extensive and heavy foundations
The Structural WeightThese structures are at least 30 percent lighter than their traditional counterparts because of the efficient use of steelWill usually be much heavier than prefabricated steel structures
The Building ProcessIs easy and does not take long to complete, which minimises the construction time and costIs a slow process that requires extensive field labour
The Architectural DesignsBuilders can use standard architectural features to achieve superb designs at low costsBuilders will need to research and develop special architectural design and features, which adds to the costs of the project
The Ease of Future ExpansionExpanding your prefab steel buildings will be simple and cost-effectiveNot as easy and will certainly be costlier
The CostStandardised design and production procedures enable builders to provide more accurate cost estimates with lesser overheads necessitated by the minimal use of heavy equipmentSpecialised design techniques necessitate the use of additional labour and heavy equipment, thereby making these projects at least three times more expensive than their prefabricated counterparts
Earthquake ResistancePrefabricated structures feature lightweight and flexible frames that provide higher levels of resistance to earthquakesThe rigid and heavy frames of conventional structures are not as earthquake-resistant
The Performance of the StructureBuilders usually test all the components to ensure that all components act cohesively, thereby providing optimal levels of efficiency and performanceThe seamless integration of all the different components in a conventional structure is not as easy to ensure because builders design each component individually


What Makes Prefab Steel Buildings So Popular Throughout Australia?

Whether you run a rural setup or a retail facility, steel framed buildings will give you the best value for your money. These prefabricated structures:

  • Offer effective protection from high winds, lightning, fire and earthquakes
  • Resist rotting, termite infestation, moulds and mildew
  • Are visually appealing, functional and energy efficient
  • Are extremely easy to assemble and install as opposed to conventional steel structures
  • Cost significantly lesser than wood, stone or brick structures
  • Are long-lasting and durable
  • Are easy and inexpensive in case you want to expand them in the future
  • Do not need much by way of maintenance
  • Are easy to design into structures having any shape, style or size that you might need and,
  • Are versatile enough for you to use in applications as diverse as industrial, retail, commercial, storage or rural


At Chappell Building Systems, we can give you prefab steel buildings tailored to meet your specifications and requirements. Not only will we give you structures that are highly appealing to look at. We will also give you structures that fuse solidity with versatility. With us, you can expect to receive impeccable services and long-lasting structures each time you collaborate with us.