Prefabricated Shelters

Our customers love the prefabricated shelters we build to protect their field equipment, usually because before they found us, they experienced one of three different solutions:

  • They specified an equipment shelter made from cheap materials such as steel or aluminum
  • They bought an inferior quality fiberglass shelter that didn’t use our patented FiberBeam™ technology
  • They built an equipment shelter on-site using wood or concrete

Usually, we write about how we have helped our customers solve an equipment protection problem or we highlight one particular feature of our custom-engineered fiberglass shelters. We don’t spend a lot of time being negative, but sometimes people ask us why we are the better choice. This article will highlight the differences between site- built equipment shelters and Shelter Works custom-engineered prefabricated shelters.

Customers come to us in frustration, fed up with the hassles of site-built construction. Here’s what they say about site-built equipment shelter projects:

  • Issues
  • Getting a permit to build the industrial enclosure takes time and money.
  • Working with on-site construction crews can be a hassle.
  • The need for multiple contractors can be a scheduling nightmare.
  • All that labor is expensive
  • Weather could put you behind schedule.
  • Roofing is a whole other consideration.
  • Painters need to be scheduled at just the right time.
  • On-going maintenance is costly and time-consuming.
  • Site-built buildings can show their age very quickly.
  • Warranties don’t usually last very long.
  • Site-Built Structure
  • You have to have the right drawings and coordinate inspection schedules once every phase of each contractor’s work is completed. This can add weeks to a project.
  • Will they show up? Do they know what they’re doing? Do they have all the tools and equipment they need to complete the job?
  • Construction crews to pour the concrete, carpenters to build the structure, tradesmen to complete the finish work, electricians to wire the equipment properly, roofers, painters… All these specialists need to be coordinated in just the right sequence. If one person gets behind, it can throw the whole schedule off!
  • Sometimes, when comparing costs for prefabricated versus site-built shelters, the comparison only takes materials into consideration. Each specialist adds to the overall cost of the project.
  • Rain, snow, sleet… Anything can throw the fragile construction schedule off track.
  • Once the structure is built, the roof and gutters need to be added.
  • Once the building is done, the whole thing needs to be painted. With this, many factors will come into play that might interfere with this work, like weather or other on-site work being done.
  • Wood, concrete, and steel all need to be repainted, retouched, or replaced due to the wear and tear of normal service.
  • The roof develops leaks, the wood rot, rodents can invade the insulation, and mold can deteriorate in high moisture environments. What starts out as the “cheapest” choice quickly becomes the “ugly” choice.
  • Typically there’s a limited one year warranty with site-built equipment shelters.
  • Shelter Works Prefabricated Shelter
  • When you buy Shelter Works prefabricated shelters, there is typically only one final inspection as a part of the process.
  • Shelter Works equipment shelters come fully assembled and ready to go.
  • With Shelter Works prefabricated shelters, all that scheduling has been done for you.
  • With Shelter Works equipment enclosures, all those costs have been factored in. Many have discovered that we are the most cost-effective option.
  • A Shelter Works shelter arrives at your site on an agreed-upon date ready to be installed and fully functional within a matter of hours.
  • Shelter Works equipment shelters come fully pre-assembled—complete with a roof customized for your project. You can still specify whether you need a detachable roof hatch, a seamless skylight, a roof vent, or any other custom-engineered element–but of course it all comes complete and ready to go!
  • If you buy a Shelter Works prefabricated shelter, the infinite choices of gelcoat are already chemically bonded into the wall as a part of our process. You’ll never have to paint again! There’s never any flaking, peeling, cracking or chipping.
  • Shelter Works prefabricated shelters are virtually maintenance-free-no painting, no fixing, nothing to worry about!
  • Shelter Works equipment enclosures maintain their looks for decades.
  • All of our fiberglass buildings carry a solid 25 year warranty.

Typically, the equipment that is put into the shelter costs tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the equipment shelter protecting these investments should be just as valuable. As one client put it, “Would you ever put a Ferrari engine in a beat-up, junkyard car frame?” No! Then why would you ever make the same type of mistake with your industrial shelter? You wouldn’t!”

If you’re tired of the hassles of site-built equipment shelters, come talk to us about the hassle-free, maintenance-free, on-time, on-budget experience of purchasing a Shelter Works prefabricated shelter.

Request a quote and see how delighted you can be.