Metal structures are becoming more prevalent in various sectors, including personal, agricultural, and industrial. However, what are the reasons behind this trend? While it is clear that metal is a modern material that outperforms traditional ones, what specific features of metal make it superior? Let’s explore these questions further.

Here Are The Top 7 Reasons Why The Metal Building Is On The Rise

7. Durable

Metal is an extremely robust and durable material. It has a 25 times more strength-to-weight ratio than wood. It is dense and has a high load-bear ability. Metal structures suit large, internal column-free constructions and locations with extreme weather phenomena.

Metal is a non-porous material. It does not absorb moisture from its surroundings, so it does not rot or decay like timber. It holds structural integrity with time. Structural steel is a non-combustible material. Proper fire coating can resist fire for up to four hours.

Are you concerned about rust developing on a metal building? Fear not. Steel is dipped in molten zinc to create an even layer over it, a process called galvanization. This makes metal rust-resistant and prolongs its lifespan.

6. Cost Efficient

Metal building kits are affordable compared to traditional ones. On average, the cost of a prefab steel structure is between $10 and $25 per square foot. Most parts are made off-site at the factory. Hence, installation takes less time and requires less labor, saving both money and time.

Another lucrative feature is its low upkeep needs. A metal structure is non-porous and does not absorb moisture from the surroundings, making the metal less susceptible to rot and decay. Therefore, you need less frequent repairs and replacements for panels and frames.

Steel is an anti-fungal and dense material that does not let termites build colonies or support mold and mildew growth. Thus, you save money on monthly pest inspection and control. Structural steel is also fire-resistant, which is a bonus when it comes to filing for insurance.

5. Versatile Buildings

Steel buildings are widely used across various sectors. Here, we have listed some of them. Have a look.

Residential Agricultural Commercial
●      Carport

●      Garage

●      Guest room

●      Office space

●      RV garage

●      Metal barndominium

●      Barns

●      Loafing shed

●      Dairy farm

●      Horse barn

●      Hay & feed storage

●      Farm tools & equipment storage

●      Cold storage

●      Warehouse

●      Office building

●      Retail store

●      Factory outlet

●      Automobile repair shop

●      Car showroom

 

Note: A single steel building unit can be used for multiple purposes. For instance, a metal carport can be used for car parking or as a covered outdoor patio space.

4. Energy Efficient

A steel building with insulation and ventilation helps regulate the indoor temperature and humidity levels. This aids the functioning of HVAC systems, and they work effectively. All this results in less energy consumption and saving energy bills over time.

Further, you can add a reflective paint coating to the roof to redirect sunlight. This helps reduce heat transfer through the roof, keeping the indoors cooler. If you don’t have the budget for reflective paint, opt for a light-colored roof.

For installation sites with open locations, you can install passive vents for air circulation that do not need power. By saving 30% or more on energy, you can get a tax credit for your home or business. For more details, refer to the ‘Energy Star’ website.

3. Sustainable

Metal structures are not only energy efficient but also environmentally friendly. Structural steel is 98% recycled and 100% recyclable. They reduce deforestation and habitat loss for wildlife.

Over 90% of the water used for steel production is returned to its source cleaner. Once produced, steel can be used multiple times without losing its structural strength and durability.

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2. Flexible Design

Wondering if the steel building on your lot looks like a cookie cutter? Here are some functional design elements you can add to a metal structure. Have a look:

Reduce Cost of Foundation: Steel is a lightweight and robust material that can bear more load than conventional ones. Hence, it reduces the cost of the foundation. Being lightweight, it is also easy to ship and maneuver on a construction site.

Clear Span: Do you want a large warehouse to set up the storage and logistics or a metal garage with no obstructing columns? A clear span has it all. Yes, with steel, you can get open floor space that can be designed as per need. You can design a clear-span metal structure for up to 300 ft. wide.

Multi-Span: If you don’t want to increase the cost, opt for multi-span. It has supporting beams that bear the roof’s load. It can span up to 600 feet wider or even more.

Height: Structural steel is lightweight and robust. It can be as tall as 80 feet. Some metal builders can offer even taller steel structures. A taller structure gives you more vertical space and makes your building look larger.

External Facades: Want to give a rustic look to your metal structure? Add faux wood or stone facade to it. You can choose between 3D, curved, or perforated metal sidings for a modern and contemporary look.

1. Customizable

Size & Shape: You can select the dimensions of the steel building according to your needs and your property size. Whether you want a small garden shed, a large warehouse, a guest house, or a large metal Brando, customization allows you to pick the right functional size.

Roofing Style: There are various roof styles, such as gable, gambrel, flat, or A-frame. The roof design impacts aesthetics, functionality, and tolerance to high-speed wind and snow load capacity.

Doors & Windows: You can choose how many windows and doors you want to install. Any style of door, be it roll-up, walk-in, or sliding, can be customized to your needs. You can opt for individual windows or clerestory/ window walls to bring in some natural light.

Interior Layout: Customize your metal building’s interior space by adding partitions and mezzanine floors or sectioning the area for office or storage.

Gutter & Downspout: It is best to install a gutter and downspout for larger than metal shed buildings to carry all rainwater from the roof toward a deposition tank. Filter and use it later.

Color: Color adds an element of aesthetic to your building. Opt for lighter colors to keep the interior cool and darker colors for warmth. You can choose different colors for the metal roof, trim, panels, and wainscot.

Technology Integration: Integrate smart home features into your metal structure’s design and construction to improve energy efficiency and overall performance.

You can customize your steel building for any purpose, such as agricultural, industrial, or residential. Structural steel is versatile and can cater to a wide array of audiences.

Get Your Metal Building Kit Today!

Now that you have seen so many uses and features and have detailed information on how suitable and customizable a steel building can be, why wait? If you are planning a new construction on your lot, grab the metal structure and reap the benefits of metal.