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Why Choose Metal For Your Construction Project?
While researching modern construction trends and planning to build your own residential or commercial structure, you probably have noticed that metal buildings have surged in popularity worldwide over recent years. Could a metal building be the right choice for your project? In this guide, we will introduce you to everything you need to know about metal building basics. We will go over the advantages and disadvantages, metal building design options, the construction process, and more.
Why Choose To Build With Metal?To get started, let’s discuss some of the reasons why you might opt for a metal building instead of a traditional lumber frame structure.
Advantages of Metal BuildingsMetal buildings offer quite a few benefits and very few drawbacks. Here are some of the advantages that you can look forward to if you choose a metal home or commercial structure:
- Save money
- Steel is less vulnerable than lumber.
- Maintenance is minimized and longevity is maximized.
This can not only protect your finances, but also your peace of mind.Because metal buildings are not nearly as vulnerable to damage as buildings made of wood, they tend to stand the test of time more admirably. Indeed, time itself is less likely to damage a metal building since it can easily outlast wood. Because wood is organic, it decays far more rapidly. If you are hoping to pass your home down to your children and their children, a metal building is a far better choice. Long after wood buildings in the same neighborhood have gone into disrepair or have even required demolishment, your metal building may still be standing strong.
- Build your metal structure quickly, easily, and affordably.
- Metal is the eco-friendly option.
- A metal building can look any way you want.
- Metal buildings are incredibly versatile.
Do Metal Buildings Have Drawbacks?There are several possible drawbacks to choosing a metal home or commercial structure. Thankfully, they are pretty easy to mitigate. The first concern is rust. Those who live close to the ocean need to be most concerned with this because of the salt content of the atmosphere. You can protect your structure, however, by building it using galvanized steel or galvalume steel. The second concern involves energy efficiency. A metal home with no insulation or with regular insulation will feature poor regulation of temperatures. A process called “thermal bridging” conducts heat quickly and efficiently through metal, even when regular insulation is present. With thermal bridging in full effect, you would spend more money and use more power to maintain a comfortable living temperature in your metal building throughout the year.
How can you solve this problem?The trick is to install more insulation, and/or a higher quality of insulation than you would in a non-metal home or commercial structure. This can counteract thermal bridging, keeping your structure temperature-regulated during all seasons and preventing you from needing to spend an arm and a leg on heating and cooling. The only other significant disadvantages of metal buildings are shared by those which feature lumber construction as well. It is true that metal is more resistant to fire than wood, but it can still be destroyed by it. Poor distribution of stress throughout a metal building can also weaken it over time, just as it would with lumber. Regardless of the materials you choose for your building, you must make sure that the building plan is structurally sound.