Benefits of Choosing Steel
Some of the benefits of using steel structures include:
- Material is cheap to maintain
- Steel structures can be constructed faster than wood structures
- Steel and metal are less vulnerable to most forms of weather, erosion, insects, rotting, splitting and fire
- Most steel manufacturers coat their product with galvalume, which protects against rust
- Pieces can be recycled or reused later
- Steel and metal are both environmentally friendly materials compared to wooden structures
Steel buildings uses steel beams for the infrastructure, and can also use steel for the exterior material including walls and ceilings. It can be prefabricated in a factory so that it can be assembled quickly. Steel is one of the strongest building materials available.
Recent advancements in construction technology, such as Computer Aided Design, allows steel pieces to be pre-fabricated and the primary components of the building constructed ahead of time. Because of this, amount of time it takes to put the building together is drastically reduced and can typically be constructed in about 60 to 90 days. Businesses and residents also see a savings of up to 30% of their money compared to projects using other wood or other materials.
Businesses choose commercial steel buildings because of its durability and strength. Because computer aided design and manufacturing processes are used to create pieces with high strength-to-weight ratios, steel has the highest strength-to-weight ration of any material used in construction, with 25 times the strength of wood. They are also more resistant to fires which is a big concern for businesses that use a lot of electrical equipment and machinery. For people living in coastal regions, residential steel buildings are typically perferred because they are not subject to erosion or other forms of water damage. In addition, steel does not have a negative effect on the environment like wood does, and can be used again for other projects in the future. Some of the other environmental benefits include:
-Every piece of steel forged in North America contains some recycled steel, and is 100% recyclable.
-Metal structures last longer than traditional wooden structures
-Most steel products don’t release the pollutants that treated wood products often do
-Cool metal roofing reduces impact on local climate
-Steel buildings are better insulated than most materials (especially around doors, windows, foundation and roofing), requiring less heating and cooling.
-Steel buildings are far more sustainable than most other materials according to the LEED criteria created by the US Green Buildings Council
Besides some basic maintenance costs, a steel structure is guaranteed to last for at least 20 to 30 years. Insurance companies will often offer rebates of up to 40% to insure metal building system structures due to their durability. If you are worried about the appearance of your new steel building, there are many options available to improve the look of the building. Finishes can be applied to a steel structure to give it the appearance of stucco, wood, or just painted panels in multiple color combinations.