Steel or wood, that is the question! When a company needs additional space to house employees or provide storage, the decision maker will wonder whether to go with a traditional wood frame or steel building contractor. Steel, although often used for all those little bits and bobs to help finish and tidy up a project is rarely used as a sole component for a build. It may be time to change that as steel is starting to play an increasing role in construction around the world.
For many years, steel was subject to heavy negative preconceptions about how it was sourced, how it was produced and how it could be used. Because of these negative preconceptions, it has been shunned in favour of materials such as wood for design and construction. Steel frame buildings save between 30 and 50 percent of construction time compared to traditional wood frame construction. Because it is pre-engineered, a metal building can be manufactured and delivered to a job site very quickly.
Producing tonnes of steel for internal core structures, roof sheeting and finishing features is far more sustainable than the production of other materials such as concrete. Steel construction eliminates rot, mould, and structural deterioration due to aging, unlike wood. Steel does not shrink, split, or warp like wood and there are never any nail pops or drywall cracks to fix with steel. If you are so much concerned about steel frames, you can always consult an architecture.
Steel has also become a popular choice for architects when designing an internal building structure. Most notably, the design flexibility of steel in the use of a building’s frame enables architects to focus on the energy efficiency of the planned building. In a word, steel buildings are non-flammable. This means insurance costs will be much lower. The above-mentioned high performance of steel buildings in all types of weather and natural occurrences also serves to lower insurance costs.