Steel Buildings Makes “Cents”!
Steel not only provides a stronger and more durable building than lumber, it’s also more cost-effective. There are a great deal of factors to weigh when considering not only the initial costs of a building but also the long-term maintenance and safety it provides.
Having a steel building completely prevents termites or wood borers. The USDA states that the cost of termite damages is over one billion dollars a year! Many people pay hundreds of dollars just in preventive care alone. The average costs of a chemical treatment for a 1,200 square foot building is $1,350 – $2,500 and tent fumigation ranges from $1,200 – $2,500. If you live in an area with termites, steel construction is the smart choice.
Steel provides a major advantage against many types of weather damage such as hurricanes, heavy snow loads, tornadoes and even seismic activity. Steel won’t contract and expand as wood does when exposed to moisture in the air. Due to the durability that comes with steel metal it might make sense to think steel is heavier than wood, but in all actuality it weighs significantly less. In areas with high winds, you’ll have the added protection of rigid stability.
Steel is the recommended building material if you’re constructing in an area where there is a high fire liability or there’s risk of wild fires. A wood building will catch on fire quickly and will be more likely to have extensive damage costs, not counting the initial expenses spent on maintenance to reduce potential fire-hazards in the first place. Being able to withstand fires and sustain less damage is what makes steel buildings the optimal choice.
In addition to maintenance costs and fire hazards, wood framed buildings have a greater risk of molds growing. Molds have the potential to cause wide variety of costly health problems such as allergic reactions, skin irritation, nose, eyes and throat problems, and can trigger dangerous asthma attacks. Depending on the size of the area, mold clean up can be expensive to repair.
Using steel results in a safer structure with less labor costs and upkeep. You’ll have lower operating costs and greater protection against foundation problems, environmental deterioration, insect, water and fire damage. Steel construction can withstand the test of time.
When deciding on what type of building to construct, weighing in the factors shows that steel is the smart choice. If we’ve kick-started your interest, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions about steel buildings.