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Tuesday
Apr232013

Why Build with Steel?

 Steel Frame Housing

It is undeniable that steel is stronger than wood and concrete for earthquakes, hurricanes, high winds and other destructive weather conditions but what are the other benefits to building with steel?

It is structurally stronger than other framing materials like wood, concrete and block and provides the highest strength to weight ratio of any building material. 

  • Steel is non-combustible.
  • Steel does not rot, warp, split, crack or creep.
  • Steel is dimensionally stable.
  • Steel is straight and does not expand or contract with moisture content.
  • Steel can be erected by a low-skill level work force.
  • Steel has nearly limitless design flexibility.

Steel is the “greener” option than wood and concrete for those considering the environment. 

  • Steel is made of nearly 75% recycled material.
  • Steel is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled construction material on earth.
  • Steel does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Steel does not have to be treated with chemicals for insects, and is free of resin adhesives.

Steel framing can lower overall construction and maintenance costs. 

  • Steel does not rot, warp, split, crack or creep so once it is completed, there are virtually no damage during the construction process.
  • Steel is consistent and that means less scrap and disposal.
  • Steel’s spanning capabilities exceeding 100’ can virtually eliminate load bearing walls to create large open spaces.
  • Long-term maintenance costs are reduced because steel is resistant to rot, mold, termite and insect infestation. 

The facts are clear, steel is the stronger, more flexible and greenest option over tradition wood framing.