Steel Buildings Aren’t Just For Parking Your Garden Tools

Steel Buildings Aren’t Just For Parking Your Garden Tools

When you think of steel, you think of big heavy beams used to build skyscrapers. Not so any more. Steel has broken out of the industrial market and is making its way into the residential sector. Now used in homes, outbuildings, and carports; steel has become a popular choice because of its strength, durability and resilience.

For centuries the preferred building material has been wood. Now, steel has entered the picture. Why does steel make sense? Take a look at some shared things like space shuttles, bridges, computers and cars. If you think about it, what do all these things have in shared? That’s right…steel.

Steel is a compound made up of several basic elements. Carbon, sulfur and silicon are the basic additives to the iron ore. You can change the similarities of steel by adding additional elements such as chromium, molybdenum, nickel and aluminum to name a few. Steel comes in several gauges, the lower the gauge the thicker the steel. Molten steel can be formed in a variety of ways. Steel studs typically start as rolled steel. Studs are roll formed by being passed by several continuous rolls, creating a slight bend until the desired shape is produced.

Not only is steel a ‘green’ product, it is structurally sound and manufactured to strict specifications and tolerances. You don’t have to worry about weaknesses such as knots or splits as you would with wood. Steel doesn’t warp, buckle, twist or bend and any excess material is 100% recyclable. The use of steel products can also slow the spread of fire and structural damage.

Let’s make a comparison of Steel Buildings and wood structures. If we deconstruct a house we can find several ways to replace the wood studs, rafters and other elements.

With the propagation of mold and mildew in residential buildings, using steel minimizes these infestations. Mold needs moist, porous material to grow. Steel studs do not have those similarities. This will prevent many people with mold allergies from needless experiencing and in harsh situations, death.

Household pests, such as termites, insects and rodents, aren’t able to penetrate steel. This is especially meaningful in rural areas where this is a shared problem.

Another rare character of steel elements is their strength. A steel I-beam can sustain more weight over a longer span which allows for larger rooms and wider open spaces than a wood structure. Steel is about 50% lighter than other shared building materials and can be integrated into wood and concrete structures in addition.

Steel trusses are also manufactured which puts much less stress on the foundation of your building. The metal roof has also become quite popular. Using steel is not only more reliable it is much more economic for the consumer. The cost of steel is considerably less than wood with very little waste.

Now that we have reviewed individual elements, let’s look at Steel Buildings as a whole. These buildings come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, colors and finishes. You can buy a do-it-yourself kit or have one custom made to your specifications. You may want an exterior that fits into the current surroundings or manufactured in a specific color or finish. There are barns, airplane hangers, storage buildings, riding arenas and already churches completely constructed of steel.

Construction time on steel buildings is much quicker. All of the elements are pre-built and easy to assemble. A small steel building can be completed in just a few days while its wood style could take weeks to construct. Unlike a wood frame, which requires a skilled framing carpenter, the skill level to assemble these buildings is much easier and does not require any special skill. Just read and follow the instructions carefully. And since all of the materials are packed in one facility, you won’t have to scramble around trying to find parts.

Steel buildings are also quite lasting and weather resistant. They are able to resist snowstorms, hurricanes and already earthquakes. They are also galvanized to prevent rust and protect the finish. Most buildings are covered by a manufacturers warranty in addition.

already though steel is much less expensive than wood or concrete, you may only have enough in your budget for a small building. However, these structures are easily expandable. Let’s say you have a one car garage and want to enlarge it for two cars. You can do this by simply removing a wall or end panel, adding on to the frame and attaching the additional wall and roof panels. Much easier than paying that construction crew!

Now that you know that steel buildings are not the hot tin cans they used to be, you may want to consider trying one. And remember they are one half the price of wood and not a single tree has been sacrificed. So if you want to go green – go steel! Your wallet will thank you too!!

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