Making The Choice: Aluminum Vs. Steel Prefabricated Buildings
March 30, 2007
Choosing between steel or aluminum in selecting a prefabricated building should be based on the attributes of both materials weighed against the building's application needs, according to Porta-King Building Systems, a major manufacturer of both aluminum and steel prefabricated buildings used for access control shelters for a wide range of security, parking or other applications.
Porta-King advises looking at the benefits of both aluminum and steel before making a building material choice. Aluminum is the long-lasting, low-cost material of choice for "maintenance-free" prefabricated buildings. Steel makes great sense when the area demands a higher profile look, or, if the building is susceptible to high abuse. Porta-King's aluminum and steel prefabricated buildings are examples of the diversity available from the two materials.
Porta-King's Duraluminum prefabricated buildings are designed to maximize anodized aluminum usage in order to minimize maintenance requirements. Non-weld construction means panels can be easily replaced, if ever accidentally damaged. Additional durability is built into the design with standard, rust-free aluminum treadplate floors, anodized aluminum window frames which protect against premature oxidation, and ceiling suspended aluminum doors with ball-bearing rollers that eliminate bottom door track wear-and-tear.
Porta-King offers two different types of steel building construction. the Durasteel line of steel prefabricated buildings features no-seam construction for a sculpted, elegant appearance available in a variety of acrylic paint finishes in both standard and custom colors. The Durasteel PC line of steel prefabricated buildings featues a steel pan inserted into a structural steel frame that creates a different appearance by creating symetrical lines throughout. the structure. The inherent strength of both steel designs allows prefabricated buildings to stand up to high abuse areas as they are routinely vandalized in such environments as construction sites, parking lots and industrial yards, etc. In addition to strength, steel's fabrication flexibility makes it a natural for virtually unlimited customizing possibilities.
Porta-King has been a leader in custom-designed modular and prefabricated construction solutions since 1969. Porta-King also manufacturers modular buildings and walls for use as in-plant offices, breakrooms, cleanrooms, equipment enclosures and more, Porta-King also manufactures a complete line of structural steel mezzanines and towers. Porta-King's modular and prefabricated building systems provide shelter, storage, safety and security solutions for virtually any application where conventional construction has been traditionally utilized. For more information, visit the company on-line at www.portaking.com or call 800-284-5346.