Request Quote

SearchShelter Works

Shelter Works vs. Metal SheltersSee How Shelter Works Fiberglass Shelters Compare to Aluminum and Steel Shelters

Find out the difference between metal buildings and Shelter Works’ fiberglass buildings and why it might be a better choice for your next project.

Shelter Works fiberglass equipment shelters are often considered alongside steel or aluminum buildings. Which one is best for you? Let’s compare on all these factors.

Weather Icon

Corrosion Resistant

Metal buildings corrode, whereas Shelter Works fiberglass shelters do not. Chemical applications could be a problem for metal buildings, but Shelter Works fiberglass shelters are impervious to most chemicals. Metal buildings can deform under impact whereas Shelter Works fiberglass shelters will not.

Insulation Icon

Thermal Insulation Properties

When considering thermal insulation properties, metal has several challenges …Because metal expands and is conductive. In addition, the typical foam insulation used on metal buildings is exposed and therefore, attracts mice whereas, Shelter Works eliminates this potential nuisance because the foam is completely encapsulated. A Metal building also conducts electricity but Shelter Works fiberglass building does not.

Color Icon

Virtually Maintenance-free Color

If you need your building to be a specific color, get ready to paint—again and again! With Shelter Works, the color is molded into the exterior and bonded at a molecular level–no cracking, chipping, or peeling. Which makes it virtually maintenance-free!

Light Weight Icon

Lightweight

Shelter Works shelters are 70% lighter than steel and 25% lighter than aluminum - yielding reductions in both your transportation and foundation costs. Plus, the composite design provides an inherent thermal barrier with low conductivity.

Strength Icon

Superior Flexural Strength

Steel buildings have tensile strength, but Shelter Works shelters have superior flexural strength and are therefore pound for pound stronger than steel.

Transmission Icon

EMI/RFI Transparent

Steel or aluminum may interfere with EMI and RFI transmissions but Shelter Works’ fiberglass construction is both EMI and RFI transparent.

Warranty Icon

25 Year Warranty

The warranty on a metal building can be anywhere from 1-10 years, but all Shelter Works fiberglass buildings come with a 25 year warranty and may have a useful lifespan of more than 60 years.

Cost Icon

Lowest Cost of Ownership

All of these factors add up to make Shelter Works fiberglass shelters the lowest lifetime cost of ownership with the greatest benefits over metal.