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Why Build with Steel?
Costs
The rising cost of lumber and the steady price of steel have set the stage. Now, based on current steel and lumber prices, the cost of steel framed home construction is comparable to wood framed home. The steel industry invested over $15 billion to modernize steel mills during the past ten years and is well positioned to meet increased demand with high quality, cost competitive material, steel is abundant, competitively priced and fully recyclable.

Superior Building Material
Steel possesses the highest strength to weight ration of any building material being utilized today. It remains one of the strongest, most durable and economically manufactured materials. 80% of all commercial buildings are constructed with steel as the primary structure. Stronger, straighter, noncombustible, longer lasting and many other characteristics contribute to the undeniable superiority of steel as a building material. With the dramatic current price advantage, there's no other choice in residential framing but steel!

● Inorganic; does not rot, warp, split, crack or creep.
● Fire Resistant: Will not contribute fuel to the spread of a fire.
● Termite Proof.
● Less scrap and waste (2% in steel vs. 20% in wood construction).
● Square corners stay squared; windows and doors open & close as they should.
● Post-framing professionals prefer steel frames.
● Lightweight: Steel is 60% of the weight of wood framing....making it easier to handle.


More resistant to the effects of severe hurricanes and tornados: Steel Framed Buildings can be designed to withstand up to 155+ mph winds
Less likelihood of damage from lightning strikes due to superior grounding characteristics .
Termite Proof: $ 750 million in damages per year Last year, 2 Million wood frame houses treated for termites.
Superior aging & maintenance advantages: The Steel industry consumes twice the amount of recycled material as all other industries combined - double that of paper, non-ferrous metals (aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, etc.), glass and plastics combined.
Price
Steel has been around a long time...so why did it take so long to arrive in home construction?
The answer has to do with costs! Until recently steel framing, while dramatically superior, was cost prohibitive to the average home buyer. Now, due to a devastating shortage of lumber, steel is no only comparable to wood construction it adds many features and benefits to your home, simply not possible with traditional methods.
It takes about 10 mature trees to frame an average sized home. These days, mature trees are scarce. Tropical forests are being destroyed at a rate of nearly 50 acres per minute. Deforestation in the U.S. is even worse than in Brazil, with 90 percent of the Native American old-growth forests already logged in the northwest.

Quality
Steel possesses the highest strength to weight ratio of any building material being utilized today. It remains one of the strongest, most durable and economically manufactured materials. That is the reason that 80% of all commercial buildings are constructed with steel as the primary structural component. Stronger, straighter, non-combustible, longer lasting and many other characteristics contribute to the undeniable superiority of steel as a building material.

Higher Insulation Rating
Steel Framed Buildings can be up to 40 percent more energy efficient than a wood-framed home. The depth of the steel beams provide a wider space for insulation -- enough room for 6-inch or greater batt insulation in the walls and roof or R40+ using foam insulation. Most other homes use much thinner R-11 to R-19 rated insulation.

Steel Framed Homes can be approved for Seismic Zone 4, the highest earthquake rating required in the U. S. Steel-framed homes have also withstood hurricanes and tornados with little or no structural damage, and can be designed to withstand up to 155 mph wind load.
The Superior Quality of Steel Frame Buildings
All Steel-framed homes are not built alike. Some companies take conventional wood-framed floor plans and substitute narrow steel studs for wooden ones (a stick-for-stick replacement). While this method utilizes steel as a building material, wood frame construction techniques (not steel techniques) are applied. With our suppliers, the craftsmanship is engineered into the components from the factory, and can be built only one way--the correct way.
Steel columns that are factory-engineered to fit together precisely. All Components are cut, drilled and marked in the factory, so they're ready to simply bolt together on-site, with high-strength bolts and screws, instead of nails and staples. Steel studs are then screwed in place to create non-load-bearing walls and floors.

With a majority of Steel Frame models, the steel frame fully supports the structure so there is no columns getting in the way. Add vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, lofts, sunrooms, and unusual door and window treatments.
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