Most religious communities start small. However, there will come a time when members can no longer fit in the space for worship. When this happens, a larger church is definitely the answer. But there are other considerations as well such as the material(s) to use, the design and of course, the budget.
A growing number of religious organizations are choosing prefabricated steel buildings to build their new churches rather than use traditional methods of construction. This is not complete surprise since modern prefabricated steel buildings can now be designed to fit whatever purpose they are built for.
Far from the boxed-type look associated with farm and industrial buildings of yesteryears, today’s prefabricated steel buildings are indistinguishable with structures made of conventional materials. For this reason, steel buildings are still prevalent in the farming and industrial sectors, but they have also invaded the commercial, residential and religious sectors as well.
There are many other materials to use for the primary structure including wood, brick or concrete, why choose steel? The major advantage of steel is its strength and durability. Although steel is lightweight, it has the highest strength to weight ratio of all building materials. The strength of steel allows prefabricated steel buildings and steel framed buildings with superior structural stability that makes them withstand the harshest of weather conditions.
If church design is a major concern, then there is nothing to worry about. There are actually, two choices when building with steel. An all-steel building means that steel is used in the framing, roof and walls. On the other hand, a steel framed building has steel framing and other materials for the walls and roof. As a result, any church design can be accommodated with steel construction.
Another major concern is the cost of prefabricated steel buildings. All-steel buildings are least costly than steel-framed ones. But if what is needed is a place of worship that looks more traditional but with steel framing, then this will cost more. However, having the primary framing built with steel will ensure that the structure will endure for decades just like major sports facilities and skyscrapers, which are all constructed out of structural steel. Besides, savings in labor costs is a given with steel buildings due to prefabricated nature.
Moreover, prefabricated steel buildings and steel framed buildings allow for maximum use of space due to their ability to have clear-span interiors up to 300 feet, perfect for large congregations and gatherings. And in case more space is needed in the future, new framing can be added easily at affordable costs.