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Comparing Permanent and Temporary Modular Buildings: Which Should You Choose?

Comparing Permanent and Temporary Modular Buildings: Which Should You Choose?

In our world today, temporary structures are now being accepted by many for both residential and commercial purposes. They are manufactured in a factory off-site and then transported on-site for assembly, which makes them a cheaper and effective alternative to traditional or permanent buildings. The best part is that you can use them for anything you can use permanent buildings for. In fact, you do not have to worry about any adverse effect on your health because they are equally as safe as permanent buildings.

When it comes to the design capabilities of temporary modular buildings, they can be manufactured in the usual rectangular shape or built in a more stylish or sophisticated design. Modular buildings can be permanent (traditional) or temporary. Hence, you will need to be certain which category of building will best suit your needs.

Here are a few tips to help you make up your mind.

Understanding Their Purposes

Both building types function effectively for different situations. You should go for a temporary modular building if your work is in dire need of temporary workspace. A situation where a temporary workspace would be beneficial could be if you are considering the best fit for natural disaster recovery in places that there is a high demand for homes and office shelters; you should go for temporary buildings. Another reason why you shouldn’t be quick to pick a permanent structure, is if you are yet to make up your mind for the long term. You will find temporary modular buildings more in non-profits, government buildings, and schools that are in the process of expanding, or places that constantly need more space to catch up with the growth of the institution. Check out Smart Space for amazing modular buildings.

The Manufacturing and Construction Costs

The truth is that permanent buildings are more expensive than temporary buildings. The ability to either rent, buy, manufacture or move temporary buildings from one location to the other makes them the cheaper of both modular building types. However, the disadvantage of temporary buildings is that you cannot use them as collateral since they are not categorized as part of your real estate. They are seen as personal property. This makes permanent buildings the better alternative if you are thinking about retaining the value of your assets. This implies that temporary buildings depreciate over time. The fact that permanent buildings are a form of investment makes them more expensive than temporary buildings.

Building Design

If you are thinking of renting a temporary building, you should know that there will be very little you will be able to do to personalize its design. This means that you will have to fit your needs around the designs available. However, there are no limits to the design you can implement in a temporary building if you are looking to manufacture a new one. When it comes to structural designs, there is little or no difference between a permanent or temporary building.

There are no restrictions when thinking of the best modular building for you. The fact is that both categories are great, however, you may need to go for the building type that best meets your needs before you try to achieve your stylistic goals in a temporary or permanent modular building.


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by Harvey Carr // Harvey Carr is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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