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The Beauty, Benefits and Cost Savings of Today's Steel Buildings

Wood is a commodity that can have a shocking daily variability in pricing. It is why you will not find lumber with set prices in the weekly circulars put out in the Sunday newspapers from your local building supply centers. The next time you shop for lumber, take a moment to notice what the building you are in is made of. Most likely, it is steel. Today's steel buildings are used to make everything from big box retail spaces to churches and office buildings. Steel has an incredible range of design capabilities for everything from a backyard shed to a giant aircraft hangar.

Wood is a commodity that can have a shocking daily variability in pricing. It is why you will not find lumber with set prices in the weekly circulars put out in the Sunday newspapers from your local building supply centers. The next time you shop for lumber, take a moment to notice what the building you are in is made of. Most likely, it is steel. Today's steel buildings are used to make everything from big box retail spaces to churches and office buildings. Steel has an incredible range of design capabilities for everything from a backyard shed to a giant aircraft hangar.

Fast Construction Times

Steel buildings can be erected faster. Speed is essential for any commercial structure. You have to begin making money using the structure as fast as possible to protect your profits. Slow construction eats away at your bottom line. The quicker you can get the structure serving the purpose for which it is being built, the quicker you are earning money utilizing the space. The components of your steel building are engineered and manufactured to fit together before they are even delivered to the building site.

Large Open Spans

Steel can be engineered to support wide open interior spaces to house large machinery up to the size of huge aircraft. The Airlander 10, an airship that is 302 feet in length, is housed inside an aircraft hangar made of steel. Truss systems made of steel can support roof structures without the clutter of support columns getting in the way of utilizing the massive cubic feet of space within the interior of the building.

Glass Panels

Advances in window technology permits steel buildings to make use of glass as a large component of the exterior. The wall support is the steel. Large openings in walls can support the placement of window glass used as part of the beauty and functionality of the architectural design of the steel building you wish to construct. Churches made from steel can still have giant stained glass windows. Office structures can make use of natural light.

Building Facades

Many commercial steel building designs use a cost-saving feature of erecting a facade of brick or other material to fit in with the look and design of other nearby commercial structures. Steel buildings adapt to using any type of exterior surface materials. There are buildings with the standard coated steel panels to churches sheathed in brick. Steel roofing options vary as well. The cost savings increase when using steel for the roof and exterior walls but can be adapted according to specific needs.

Steel is also a reusable resource, and more pressure than ever is on designers and builders to consider the duration of the structures they create. Part of the design for green buildings is what will happen to them when they reach the end of their service life. Steel can easily be recycled into something new, keeping hundreds of tons of waste from being trucked off to a landfill when a building is deconstructed to make room for something new.


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May 6, 2016 Category: General Posted by: admin



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