Modular construction is becoming the wave of future construction in Canada. Though this method of construction is gaining popularity, many people think that modular construction is not ideal for commercial projects. There are so many such myths about modular construction that prevent people from choosing modular construction method to build their desired projects. Another myth is that modular construction does not use high-quality materials. To break this myth, here’s an ‘educational blog’ to help you understand the types of material used and their benefits during the modular construction.
Many current modular construction projects are using precast concrete as a common material when it comes to meeting the demands of their clients. This material can cast in reusable forms and moulds which is cured in a controlled factory setting, transported on the site, and assembled. Even manufacturing of the concrete in the precast plant can assure the highest quality control, thus providing high-quality materials to construct modular buildings. Precast concrete can be meticulously controlled to meet the demands, project’s aesthetic, and structural requirements. Because of the advanced innovation offered by the precast concrete, it has paved the way to faster design and construction timeline while saving costs on material handling, logistics, and transportation.
Wood, as an insulator, helps to control the energy loss better than any other building materials. Due to the shrinkage and expansion caused by moisture, wood tends to improve its strength properties. Therefore, it makes it a sustainable modular building material to protect from inclement weather as the materials are manufactured in a factory setting during modular construction. Since wood is manufactured in a controlled environment, it also results in fewer air quality issues for those who occupy the finished building.
Steel is more durable, has greater corrosion resistance and has a higher resistance in harsh environments. The steel-frame construction allows a large beam span with limited components than a wood-framed construction. This results in using fewer raw materials during the construction process, hence reducing overall costs. Moreover, steel building materials are often more consistent compared to wood in terms of design, quality, and sustainability. Using structural steel in the modular construction project helps in erecting fire-resistant buildings.
No matter what type of materials you choose for constructing your modular building, they always contribute to saving costs compared to traditional stick-built construction. So choose the right materials that best suit your project needs and design a flawless modular building.