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Church Buildings: A Steel Beginner’s Guide

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Houses of worship not only serve their local communities but act as monuments to our society at large. Every church should be built with strong, durable materials that allow for beautiful customizations. If you think prefab metal buildings are exclusively for warehouses and industrial needs, think again. Prefabricated church buildings are engineered for a variety of needs, including worship. It’s just a matter of determining which size and customizations are essential to your congregation.

Why choose steel for your prefabricated church buildings?

Prefabricated buildings are the only customizable options that can accommodate your congregation in as little as 90 days. Today’s cutting-edge technology combines efficient off-site design and quick on-site construction to build metal church buildings in record time. But what are the benefits of metal for church buildings over other building materials like brick or wood?

Using prefabricated steel in your church building is an unbeatable way to protect against the elements. This is the only building material durable enough to withstand rust, mold, pests, and a variety of harsh weather conditions. Metal structures are exceptionally well suited in areas that are prone to heavy snowfall, earthquakes, and wind. But choosing a metal structure doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice design. Steel provides enough strength to support beautiful cathedrals while still maintaining an open concept for large congregations.

When considering the exterior design of your church, brick and wood structures may seem more aesthetically pleasing. But prefabricated metal buildings can easily be customized with a beautiful facade. Choose from stucco, wood siding, masonry, and more for your prefab church buildings to create a more inviting exterior.

One of the most significant benefits of prefabricated metal construction is the clearspan concept. These steel structures are designed to be an entirely open concept, without the need for massive beams or support walls. Without breaking up the interior of the space, you’re left with an opportunity to fully customize with skylights, office spaces, and Sunday school rooms. By choosing a flexible panel configuration, interior walls can be easily adjusted throughout the year as your needs change. Before you begin planning your new build, consider additions that you may need in the future. As your congregation changes in size, will you need to adjust the interior walls to accommodate a nursery or school?

 

What size prefab metal building is ideally suited for a church?

50 x 100 metal buildings create a 5,000 square foot space, the ideal size to fit a congregation of up to 300 people. While your congregation may be smaller, this size could potentially provide you with the most cost savings. A 50 x 100 structure offers over 56% more interior space than a 40 x 80. If you plan on customizing the interior with offices and classrooms while still accommodating upwards of 300 members each Sunday, a 100 x 200 metal structure may be a better fit.

A lean-to building addition is also a popular option to increase space in your house of worship. These open roof-covered areas provide opportunities for outdoor meeting spaces, covered entrances, or an inexpensive storage solution.

What customizations does my prefab metal church building need?

CAD design allows prefabricated metal buildings to be custom engineered for a variety of needs. Before beginning your design, it’s important to take into account all your current needs and those that may arise in the future. Create a list of building specifications beyond just the essentials. Would your church benefit from energy efficient insulation? Noise reduction panels?

When creating your list of church building customizations, take into account all the possibilities, including:

  • Exterior facade
  • Flexible wall configurations
  • Stained glass windows
  • Customized entrances
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Framed openings
  • Skylights
  • Lean-to structures
  • Noise-reducing wall panels
  • Kitchen spaces
  • Sunday school rooms
  • Offices
  • Storage
  • Waiting areas
  • Wedding reception accommodations

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