When designing a new building there are many things to consider. Which material is the most affordable? Which is the longest lasting? And many others. Lumber, concrete, and masonry all have their advantages, but using steel gives you a durable, affordable, structure that will last for years.
Using prefabricated steel kits saves you money for different reasons. Steel kits are designed beforehand, and they save you time and money on construction. You don’t have to cut or measure the pieces, because that has been done for you. There is also significantly less human error in cutting, measuring, and assembly. For smaller projects, you could even set up these kits with a few friends and make a relaxing weekend out of it.
Because the steel is prefabricated there is also much less scrap. The Steel Recycling Institute found that the average project using steel had 2% scrap versus 20% with using lumber. Having less excess materials saves you money on waste disposal or landfill fees.
Steel is also extremely durable and dependable. Many insurance companies offer discounts for buildings made of steel. That’s because they know a building made out of steel will last longer and won’t need expensive repairs.
Steel is an incredibly durable material that can stand decades of use. It’s fireproof, it isn’t affected by termites or mold, and it needs very little maintenance. Wood structures can warp and rot and will need a lot of fixing over the years. Over time they can also be destroyed by termites and other pests.
Concrete and masonry are also durable and fireproof and sometimes a great choice for a project. But over time they may require costly repairs because of cracking and wear.
Steel has the highest strength to weight ratio of any building material. Because steel is so strong, it is the best choice for withstanding natural disasters. If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, tornados, or forest fires steel would be a better choice than wood or masonry.
According to the Steel Recycling Institute, 86% of steel is recycled and 2/3 of new steel is made from old steel. The high rate of recycling means that the creation of steel has a lower impact on the environment.
Scrapping extra steel can also help you to offset construction costs.
Wood is a renewable resource but the process of making lumber is wasteful and damages the environment. According to the American Institute of Steel Construction 40% of each tree harvested is left behind and 56% of wood that gets to the lumber mill isn’t used in the final product of lumber. Using steel also doesn’t use trees that make up part of the ecosystem.
Buildings made of steel also have better air quality. This is because steel doesn’t emit volatile organic compounds and other chemicals.
Steel is an all-around better choice for building. Prefabricated steel kits can help you save money in construction costs because they are ready to build. They can save money in waste disposal and insurance costs too. Steel is more durable and easier to maintain than other materials. It also stands up to natural disasters better than wood or concrete. Finally, steel is environmentally friendly because it is made using recycled steel and is usually recycled after it is used. Using steel doesn’t deplete woodlands and steel isn’t wasted during production like wood. For all these reasons steel is a great choice for construction.
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