What is so good about steel frame buildings & sheds?
Building materials used to fabricate a building or shed will have a direct effect on the buildings stability. Many people are now choosing to use steel frames as the structural support for their buildings.
So just how stable are steel frame buildings?
Using steel to create the frame of the building will result in a building that is exceptionally stable. Steel is considered a superior construction material and the proper use of steel will produce a building frame that exceeds all building codes.
Out of all the possible building materials, steel has the highest strength to weight ratio, resulting in a building frame that will not warp or crack. It is also resistant to weather related expansion and contraction, which helps ensure that the materials used to create the rest of the building will not crack or buckle. The properties of steel make the frame of the building very strong, resulting in a building that is very stable.
How does steel framing benefit the rest of the building?
The strength of steel ensures that the walls of the structure are straight and the corners of the building are square. Steel will not bow when great amounts of weight are placed on top of it and will not shift during construction.
Because the frame will stay in place through virtually any circumstance, the doors and windows installed in the building should close properly for the life of the building. Steel is also lighter than other types of framing materials making it easier to use.
But doesn’t it cost more?
It may or may not, depending on a number of factors. In smaller buildings timber may have a price advantage. But as the shed size increases, especially the span, steel becomes more cost effective and can work out cheaper. There does become a point where timber is uneconomic to use.
The numerous advantages of using steel for the building frame greatly outweigh any additional cost. Steel frame buildings require less maintenance in the long run and the structure ages more slowly than structures made of other building materials. Because the material is inorganic, it will not split, crack, or warp. It is also not vulnerable to fungi, or rotting.
There are many advantages to using steel for building frames and many consider steel to be the best building material for the job. The increased stability of the building will save the owner money over time, offsetting any extra construction costs. Steel frame buildings are some of the sturdiest and strongest around, which is the main reason why they are so popular today.