Mention prefabrication to some folks and they may think of what the technology used to be – which is a far cry from where it is today. Still, there is the persistent belief that prefab panels yield flimsy, impermanent, inefficient structures. In actuality, that couldn't be further from the truth. Here, we will examine some of the common misconceptions surrounding prefab building techniques and reveal the truth behind it.
Myth No. 1: Prefab buildings are weak and unreliable
For whatever reason, some people assume prefabricated buildings to be structurally unsound. Maybe it's their distrust of mass-production, equating factory-made parts with low quality. But when it comes to prefab panels, the added precision allowed by contemporary manufacturing processes allows for more consistency and quality. More and more builders are relying on prefab panels because they can be produced quickly and match exact specifications.
Myth No. 2: Prefab buildings are inefficient
This thought is likely along the same lines as the first myth – that panels can't possibly be as high-quality and durable as traditional building elements. In the past, this was true: Modular buildings were not meant to be permanent structures, but were placeholders during construction or renovation. These days, prefab panels are built to include the latest in moisture barrier and insulation systems. That means they are inherently efficient materials – prefab buildings are among the most sustainable and efficient around.
Myth No. 3: Prefab buildings are unsightly
Let's face it – performance is important and structural integrity is essential, but most people would also prefer their home or office to be an attractive building, too. Some believe prefab homes are stamped out of a factory without a thought for visual appeal. In reality, the increased control surrounding prefab also allows architects and builders to choose more specific styles and aesthetics. It also largely eliminates human error which can further detract from the appeal.
Myth No. 4: Prefab buildings are inherently less valuable than traditional architecture
Here, it all depends on the definition of 'value.' In terms of monetary value, that's correct: Prefab materials are easier and cheaper to use in building construction, which makes for a less expensive building overall. But the broader definition of 'value' – the combination of all attributes – favors prefabrication over traditional construction. All things considered, from building time to control to performance to aesthetics, prefab structures either match or surpass typical architecture.
All of that considered, building panels aren't all created equal. Some providers offer panels with better performance than others. Sto Corp is one of the leaders in wall cladding systems. Their systems offer a variety of benefits over traditional construction or inferior panel providers:
- Consolidated process: Panels can be manufactured while the site is excavated, speeding up the whole construction.
- Easier construction: Prefab requires less manpower and scaffolding.
- Precision, quality, compliance: Sto Corp's panels fit perfectly, meet stringent regulations and make up beautiful structures.
The good news is that now, more builders and residents recognize the value of prefab – and understand the myths no longer apply. Using prefabricated panels allows architects to create compelling designs with sound structures and a high degree of efficiency.