Top 4 Benefits of Steel Buildings
Consistency and durability are the hallmark of steel buildings, which is why the construction industry defaults to steel. Today we’ll be talking about four of the major reasons:
The construction of steel buildings end up being less costly than traditional materials for a few reasons, such as:
- The metal can be procured and casted at significantly less cost than wood, bricks and cement.
- On completion, steel structures have metal roofs and are coated with heat-deflecting coatings resulting in the heating and cooling costs being much lower than traditional buildings.
- Steel buildings are not prone to damage by insects and termites, so the monthly and yearly maintenance cost is much lower
Steel has the highest strength to weight ratio compared to all other building materials, meaning that despite their light weight, steel buildings are an incredibly versatile and durable building solution. In addition, steel building components are 50 % lighter than concrete and wood alternatives which reduces footing and foundation requirements. Normally, 4″ x 3″ base angle is given to steel building foundations further protecting the slab while simultaneously adding strength and stability. Steel building materials are also non-combustible, impenetrable & non-porous ( discouraging mold and mildew growth), and can be engineered to withstand seismic and wind loads.
A wood framed home generates 50 cubic feet of waste on the land where the building is erected. Conversely, steel building kits & materials minimize their environmental footprint. Take a look at this chart provided by our friends at Ecohome:
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Traditional homes are also confronted with damages like wood cavities caused by insects, and cracks developed on concrete due to natural disturbances. These damages will often require more wood for repair, resulting in more environmental waste. Meanwhile, metal is non-organic and 100% recyclable, meaning you don’t have to worry about termites munching on your structure or expensive and wasteful repairs.
Safety and Adaptability
Steel buildings are earthquake resistant even if quakes occur at a large magnitude on the Richter scale. There is also little to no structural deterioration due to rain or snow on the span of decades unlike wood buildings. Moreover, steel buildings are alterable and the owner can expand an end wall by getting similar framework constructed, whereas with other building materials it would be a far more costly addition.
This concludes our brief summary of the top 4 reasons to build your building project with steel, we hope this article was informative and persuaded you in not only considering steel but also Tower Steel Buildings!