Top Reasons Why Steel Frame Homes Are the Future
by Nick Marr on Aug 9, 2021
Traditionally homes have been made from wood. This is because there was a plentiful supply of wood and it is comparatively easy to build with. Of course, wood is also seen as a natural resource that can be replenished. That makes it an environmentally sound choice.
But, an increasing number of homes are now being made from steel and it is likely that this trend will continue. Here is why.
Steel frame homes are remarkably simple to build. They consist of a universal steel beam which is bolted to other steel beams to create the main structure of the house.
Because all the dimensions are known before the build, the beams can be created in a factory and simply delivered to the site. This is particularly beneficial as the process can be controlled, ensuring every steel beam is high quality.
Construction time on site is reduced and the home can be created in a significantly shortened amount of time, compared to traditional methods.
People don’t always think of steel as being environmentally friendly. However, the majority of steel for houses is actually made by recycling old steel. The metal is simply melted down and reformed to create solid beams for the build.
This makes steel housing sustainable, and surprisingly good for the environment. The only environmental impact comes from the energy used to create the heat needed to turn the steel molten.
Steel frame houses are very strong. This is partly because of the nature of steel and partly because of the way they are mounted to the ground and each other. The result is a house that can withstand hurricanes, floods, and even fires.
As the number of natural disasters increases every year, having a home resistant to many of them will make it easier to keep your home safe throughout the year. As an added bonus you may find your insurance costs are cheaper.
Steel is a grey color but it can be created in a huge variety of colors. In fact, thanks to the strength of the beams steel is more versatile both in color choices and in the way you layout your home. It is possible to have larger open expanses when you build with steel.
In short, your home can be customized as effectively as with any other building material, helping to ensure it is unique.
Termites can be a major issue. They eat the wood in your home and, if undetected and untreated, will cause structural issues. Fortunately, this isn’t an issue if you have a steel framed home, termites and other pests can eat metal.
That means a steel framed house may be more durable than a traditional wooden one.
Of course, it should be noted that steel framed houses are not as effective at retaining heat. You will need to allow for plenty of insulation when building one. This will help you to stay warm and keep your energy bills low.
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