Many people specify a Shelter Works enclosure because it it so much more lightweight than a typical steel or concrete structure. Our buildings weigh just 2.25 pounds for every square foot of surface area (or 3.75 lbs/sq ft if they are reinforced with OSB), so the weight of a typical 8 x 8 x 8′ equipment shelter that is IBC-compliant would be as follows:
- Concrete: 19,000 lbs.
- Steel: 2,215 lbs.
- Shelter Works composite buildings: 1,200 lbs.
That’s 30% less than the metal building and 92% less than the weight of the concrete building!
Note: Because every project carried different requirements, these weights do not include floors or integration equipment like HVAC units, etc. that might be included in the final weight of an entire project.
Even though is it much lighter, our trademarked composite construction ensures that it is still pound for pound stronger than steel and can be certified to withstand hurricane force winds and hold up against Alaskan snow loads. All that backed by our unprecedented 25-Year Warranty!