Temporary buildings and portable buildings are commonly used in the same conversation — but are the two terms really interchangeable, or do the contrasts between the two support greater levels of distinction?
The two types of buildings are particularly alike and — sometimes — used for more or less the same purposes; however, one is often more appropriate than the other in certain circumstances. Consequently, temporary buildings and portable buildings are often alluded to as both names when in reality, that’s not strictly true.
Firstly, let’s tackle the most common feature: Temporary buildings and portable buildings are both very easily transported and installed; it’s perhaps their single-most defining characteristic and the main cause of why most people swap terminologies when talking about one of the two. Yet it’s the “installation” bit where the main variations soon come to light.
On the one hand portable buildings require foundations to be laid to be able to sit securely, temporary buildings on the other hand do not — and can be constructed straight on to any hard ground or surface.
Temporary buildings are generally used by organizations needing just that — a temporary building solution; with industry and manufacturing maximizing the use of them, particularly suited for warehouse, storage, workshop or loading areas. They can also be used as temporary kiosks, information desks, market stalls, and first aid centers.
As cited earlier, temporary buildings are extremely flexible and like portable buildings, are quickly moved from one location to another (often across multiple sites, hundreds of miles apart). Brand new units (sometimes even refurbished ones) are manufactured, shipped, and built-in sections with the roof and cladding added subsequently.
While there is some crossover, portable buildings are normally used when building space is needed over a longer amount of time — this can be from 6 months to 2-3 years, or on some occasions even longer (hence the need to lay proper foundations before to the building is installed). Common examples include office accommodation and classrooms for schools, colleges, and even universities.
Temporary buildings, like portable buildings, are also built off-site. This will not only save time but will also keep costs down; keeping to stringent factory settings, processes, and systems that help make sure that delays are kept to a minimum and turnaround is kept within budget.
Ultimately, you’ve got to use the right tools for the task at hand — and when considering the different kinds of buildings available, it’s essential to establish whether a temporary building or a portable building will be the best fit for your requirements.
A perinate type structure is just that: They are built on site using building materials that are designed and engineered for the purpose of protecting people and their property.
We do not sell any of those flimsy type of portable or so-called temporary type of carport, barn and patio cover type of structures that you might see being sold in more ruel regions because most of our local more populated municipalities now have building permits and don't allow that type of so called portable or temporary type of structures.
In most of the more rule communities there may not be any local building code requirements like there are in most of larger communities. Most larger cities now have some type of rules and regulations in the way of a building permit of what you may or may not build on your property because they are tired of seeing these lightweight flimsy structures flying around in a high wind weather event. Those fake carports were never designed to be a carport in the first place. Most of these temporary or portable carports where only designed to cover the hay out in an open field from getting wet and then rotting and effecting the animal's health that is eating it. A structure that the farmer could move around and not for use as carport for our expansive vehicles and RVs. Who really needs any structure to be portable anyways?
We call them blow-a-ways because that is what happens to them. You see them sold by roadside vendors and plastered for sale all over the internet. Most of them have been fabricated out of flimsy light weight bent formed tubing and are light weight as possible mainly for their shipping and handling purposes. They are dangerous and may not hold up to our higher wind loads or the snow / ice loads that we are subject get. Those cheaply built canopies can turn into a flying UFOs and just blow away or roll down the street doing damage to your neighbor's property or cars, power line wires or whatever they might hit or land on. Do you know that an insurance company may not pay for damage claims because someone did not follow standard building code rules and regulation requirements. These should never be sold but they get away with it by saying they are a temporary structure and not a perinate structure.
DIY - Patio & Carport kits that are sold at the Club type of stores, Big Box retailers and some Garden stores. Most are built very light weight for size and shipping and handling purposes. Most come in box with a million screws to put them together. Most of them only meet about half of the minimum standard building code and engineering requires of a perinate type of structure are just made to look good but do not cut the mustard for the long haul. Do you research and leg work before buying any type of structure. Those sellers are not going to tell the bad things about their products. I've seen numerous people lose their down payments they put down after they found out they cannot permit a portable or a temporary structure which may be required.
Most of them have been fabricated out of some cheap light weight form of the bent formed tubing and are as cheaply manufactured. They are stuffed inside of a small box and are light weight for shipping and handling purposes.
These types of structures can be outright dangerous and may not hold up to our higher wind /snow /ice loads and some extreme thunderstorms that we are subject get within this region of the US. most are cheaply built canopies can turn into a flying UFO and just blow away or roll down the street doing damage to your neighbor's property or just come apart during a high wind event. Just talk to any of first responders and they will tell that they will fly, and they are dangerous.
Most of these cheaply build structures does not meet the standard minimum building standard of 20 pounds per square foot (20 PSF) life load that is a standard building requirement. That would be an illegal carports structures within most of the local more populated municipalities today. That is why most are marketed in the more rural areas as a so called temporary or portable type of structure and not subjected to the same minimum standard code of a more secure "permeate" building structure code might and their design engineering requirements.
The sellers or marketers like to use sales buzz words and come-ones like it's an all-steel product or 12-gauge steel. Don't let their marketing gimmicks sucker you into buying something that is a inferior product and just a temporary structure as there is a huge difference between portable / temporary structure and a well-built perinate type of structure.
Don't get me wrong there are some very well built light gauged structures that are available and marketed as a durable and longer lasting structure but like anything else they cost a whole lot more than the cheap ones. Normally by the time you were to purchase one of the better built light gauge light weight structures and also pay for the professional installation labor as well as have them installed into a approved cement concrete pear which is required where I live. We will offer you a much better solution for you at a comparable price point.
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