Steel buildings are on the rise and is arguably the future of construction. These buildings are known for their consistency and durability over traditional construction. Below are five essential qualities which makes steel buildings one of the most sought after.
1. Steel buildings are cost effective
Steel buildings last longer and are low on maintenance. Therefore, in the long run, the cost incurred is significantly lesser than compared to traditional brick and mortar construction. On completion, the roofing is done with metal and then coated with heat-deflecting material. This insulation leads to savings in heating and cooling costs additionally. So the overall annual maintenance cost is much lower.
2. Strength of steel
This implies, that inspire of being lightweight, steel buildings are high on strength and durable. Research and statistics reveal that steel is about 50% lighter than wood. Also, being lighter than concrete, the requirements of having to make a foundation is done away with. Besides, pre engineered steel of a certain category can withstand wind and other kinds of harsh weather conditions. Steel if non-combustible so chances of catching fire is minimal. Also, steel buildings are less prone to molds and mildew as steel is impenetrable.
3. It is time saving
Steel can be pre engineered and then transported to the construction site for assembling and construction. This saves a lot of construction time – a trait which has made pre engineered metal buildings popular worldwide.
4. Leaves behind minimal waste
Steel buildings leave minimal waste behind, during construction. Usage of concrete and bricks for construction of buildings leads to a lot of waste. So is the case with wooden prefabricated buildings. Wood is known to leave 50 cubic feet (1.42 m³) of waste during construction.
5. Safe and extendable
It is a myth that steel buildings are not safe. They are known to withstand harsh weather conditions like hurricanes and tornadoes. Some steel buildings are also earthquake resistant and risk is minimal even if earthquake occurs at a high intensity on the Richter scale. Other than this, expansion within a steel building can be done quite easily by getting similar framework constructed.