The Advantages of Steel Building Construction
With the many benefits of steel buildings, traditional construction is becoming less and less popular.
Pre-fabricated and pre-engineered metal buildings have many advantages over other building materials.
With the ability to customize, the speed of construction, and the decreased maintenance and insurance costs, nothing else can compete with a metal building.
When you choose to build with steel, you save money, get a sturdy and secure structure, and have the most energy efficient and environmentally-friendly material to construct with.
Those are just a few of the benefits of metal buildings.
Let's discuss these benefits and more in detail.
Steel Buildings Are Customizable
No matter what your needs are, a steel building can be customized for you and created at the manufacturing plant and delivered to the job site ready to go.
Warehouses, retail spaces, event centers, and even a home or garage are all ideal structures to be made from steel.
Your steel building can be designed to match the surrounding environment, or it can stand out as a unique piece of architecture.
Steel buildings today can be made with panels that have the textures, colors, and shapes of other materials while maintaining the strength and quality of steel.
Metal roof panels can mimic wood or asphalt shingles, wall panels can be painted in a variety of colors or made to look like brickwork, and a steel frame can be covered with stone.
Metal building interiors can be designed for use as a small office or a long-span open space you'd find in a warehouse.
Steel Builds are Strong And Durable
Steel provides great strength without bulkiness.
Stone is strong, but it also isn't always practical.
Buildings can be made of steel that would be impractical in stone because of the sheer weight of it.
Wood construction is much weaker than steel and is prone to rot termites, and other hazards if not properly maintained.
A steel structure can last for decades without any diminishing returns.
The building will be as useful in year 30 as it was on day 1.
Steel can stand up against environmental extremes like high winds, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other events that would damage traditional wooden construction.
There are even specialized steel coatings that will protect your building from rust while still allowing it to be painted or coated with other coverings.
Are Steel Buildings Eco-Friendly?
Steel is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled material in the world.
Most of the steel used in construction today has been recycled from other uses.
And, when it's recycled, it doesn't lose any of its quality.
If for whatever reason your steel building has to be dismantled or demolished, the steel will be re-used on another project instead of sitting in a landfill.
There's a huge emphasis today on going green, so if that's your goal, steel is the best option out there for you.
Steel doesn't give off toxic fumes during the construction process, and it won't give off toxic fumes in the event of a fire or other disaster.
If you're looking to obtain LEED certification, sustainable construction is crucial.
A LEED certification can make your building more suitable for certain leases that require an environmentally friendly building or green construction.
Steel buildings are also very easy to insulate and have better seals around doors and windows.
That, in turn, lowers your heating and cooling costs during the extreme months.
Heat island effects can also be mitigated with a cool roof design.
How Are Steel Buildings Efficient?
When steel is being manufactured, the use of advanced CAD/CAM processes greatly decreases the amount of waste material. You don't need as many components for your steel building, as you may for another structure.
Fabrication is accomplished with minimal waste while still meeting the strictest strength-to-weight ratios.
Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material.
Its strength-to-weight ratio is 25 times greater than its wooden counterpart.
A lighter frame equals a more cost-effective foundation, and it allows the addition of other materials with less concern for completed building weight.
Steel Buildings Have Shorter Construction Times
You know what they say, time is money, and with a steel building, you are getting your money's worth.
Every prefabricated steel structure is created at the manufacturer to precise specifications. They are designed and pre-built for easy reassembly.
Getting the site prepped and the foundation placed can be completed while the building is being manufactured.
Once it's complete, the structure is shipped to the job site with all the necessary hardware to get it assembled as fast as possible.
This still requires skilled labor, but the time to complete it is significantly shorter than traditional construction times.
Short construction times lead to lower labor costs and early returns on your investment.
Steel Buildings Have Lower Construction Costs
The labor costs aren't the only thing minimized during the construction process.
Other constructions costs are lower as well, up to 60% lower.
The automated engineering at the manufacturer saves time and raw material waste.
And, as we talked about above, several construction processes can be performed at the same time.
Since a steel structure is lighter than other materials, it can stand on a foundation that costs much less to create.
Finally, the ease of re-assembly mitigates construction costs in labor, time, and in some instances, the level of expertise needed to complete the job.
Steel Buildings Minimize Maintenance Needs
Because of the strength and durability of steel, it will require less maintenance than other building materials.
Steel is not susceptible to rotting and won't need to be replaced periodically.
Colored steel coatings won't need to be repainted.
Steel Buildings Can Be Easily Expanded
Once your steel building is completed, it remains very flexible in how it can be used.
Spatial design can be reworked by moving interior walls, adding or subtracting wall and floor coverings, or changing openings.
If you eventually need more space, you can add on to your building by enclosing more floor space, or you can build upwards.
Steel frames are strong enough to take on the additional weight of added stories.
Space can be added at the ground level by adding more units to an existing building and expanding its footprint.
Steel Buildings Are Easily Relocated
Even the biggest steel buildings can be disassembled, moved, and reassembled in a new area.
Some small steel buildings don't even need to be disassembled before a move.
All you need to do is get it off its foundation and put onto a flatbed truck.
Steel buildings are designed in such a way that they easily come apart and go back together if the need ever arises.
Steel Buildings Are The Smart Choice
Steel buildings are the least expensive and most durable building material.
They are highly customizable, eco-friendly, and extremely hazard resistant.
Steel buildings are useful for decades and can be passed down from generation to generation.
And, even if your steel building needs to be taken down, the steel will be recycled and used in a new project.
So, why would you build with anything else?
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