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Construction Office Trailers vs. Portable Structures for Construction Sites

When running a job site, it’s important to have areas for your workers, along with the necessary storage space. For your next job, should you opt for construction office trailers or portable structures? 

On site, there’s always going to be a need for some kind of temporary building. Typically, you’ll see construction office trailers parked up, offering some indoor space. The problem is, though, that they aren’t as adaptable as you need them to be. Plenty of construction companies are making the switch to portable construction tents. What makes them the better choice?

1. Much More Flexibility

When you have a construction office trailers on site, you can only really use it for, well, offices. That allows for space for site supervisors to meet in, but not much else. There’s lots more you can do with an enclosed space. For example, you could do with somewhere for staff to take breaks, out of the weather and the dust. Also, what about storage? You need somewhere to keep materials and vehicles overnight.

While the office trailer gives you an air conditioned office space, a portable structure gives you so much more. You can get a building with the right size and scale that you need for any project. It makes things a lot easier, as you can get a building to serve any purpose. Whether that’s space for extra inventory, offices, or break rooms, they can do it all.

2. Additional Security Can Be Added

Some business owners don’t want to use fabric portable structures, as they feel they aren’t as secure as an office trailer. It’s true that construction office trailers have solid walls, and have doors and windows that can be locked. However, this is where portable structures can show off their versatility again.

There can be several options added to the structure in order to make them more secure. The most common option is to add solid walls to them, making them easy to lock up and safer overall. This can be used in addition with extra fencing, motion sensors, and cameras as needed. That’s something you’ll want to consider if you want to store stock or materials in your building, especially over night.

3. Quicker To Set Up

Once you’re on site, you want to get started as quickly as possible. Part of that will be setting up your infrastructure, including any temporary buildings. Construction office trailers are a solid option, but you will need to wait longer for them to be up and running before you can start.

One of the great things about a portable fabric structure is that they can go up much more quickly. On average, you can get 10,000 square feet of portable structure put up in a day. That means that you can get yours erected very quickly and easily, allowing you to get to work in a much more timely fashion. That’s something to consider when time is money.

4. Create Covered Areas For Workers

An office trailer is designed to be an office, and so they don’t have much flexibility, as noted above. Your supervisory staff will be able to use them, but they aren’t offering any value to the rest of the staff on site.

Your team need somewhere where they can take breaks away from the site, where they can get out of the weather. It’s no fun being stuck in the pouring rain or sweltering heat, after all. A portable structure offers a space that you can turn into a temporary break room with ease. As a bonus, they’re easily air conditioned too. That creates a much more comfortable area for staff to take breaks in.

It’s not only about comfort, but about safety. If the team can get inside out of the weather, then you’re taking care of their well being. Being out in the sun all day, for example, can easily lead to heatstroke. With a portable building, you can avoid this happening to your team.

5. A More Affordable Option

When making plans for any new site, you’ll need to balance cost against practicality. Many business pay the premium for construction office trailers, as they don’t realize there’s a better option out there for them. A portable structure is actually much cheaper, while offering more features overall.

This is one area where you’re actually not losing out on practicality when you spend less. When you can get more for less than an office trailer, why would you spend more? Being able to make those savings will give you more room in your budget, something that will be very welcome to most business owners.

6. Long Lasting Building Options

A lot of construction business owners will use office trailers, as they feel they’ll be more suitable for long term use. As you’re working on the site, it’s likely to be a long term job. Because of this, you need something that can last over time.

While construction office trailers can certainly do this, portable structures are more hardy than you’d think. You’ll be able to use them long term, as they are designed to stand up to inclement weather. That includes wind, rain, snow, and more.

As they’re so well made, you can easily use them over a longer project with no worries about leaks or damage. Waterproof structures and hard wearing frames allow you to store goods under the roof without worry, making them a good option when you stack up the benefits overall.

7. Equip With Everything You Need

Construction office trailers can only hold so much, so they’re always more likely to just be used as offices. A portable building, on the other hand, can become anything with the right equipment.

For example, adding cafeteria style tables enables you to turn it into a lunch room. Adding in desks and chairs creates an office, and chairs create a break room. Plus, with additions like AC, TVs, cooking areas and more, you’ll have the perfect indoor space.

Portable structures are incredibly versatile, which is something that office trailers can’t offer you. With these buildings, you can get all the space that you need. Look into using one on your next job, and you’ll see that they offer a huge amount of value.

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