- 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. Steel framing uses screws and fasteners instead of nails and will not sag over time like wood framed homes.
- A galvanized zinc coating (a natural element) is applied to the steel which prevents corrosion. This means that the life of a steel framed structure can last hundreds of years, reducing the need for future building resources. No wonder 80% of all commercial buildings are constructed with steel as the primary structural component.
- A steel framed building will always have straight walls and square corners. No aggravating nail pops or drywall cracks. Steel framing can take popular finishes like brick, stucco or siding, so a steel framed home looks every bit as beautiful as any conventional home.
- Steel is consistent in quality, produced in strict accordance with national standards. The weight of steel is 60% of the weight of wood making it easier to handle. Steel is also inorganic which means it will never rot, warp, split, crack or creep and will not expand or contract with moisture content. The square corners stay squared; windows and doors open and close as they should. Walls are straight and there will be no aggravating nail pops or drywall cracks. Steel framed homes are termite proof. Steel framing's versatility can also take popular finishes like brick, stucco, stone or siding.
- Steel framed homes have the flexibility of Clear Span Construction. This means that sturdy steel columns carry the full load of the roof and additional stories to all outside walls. This type of construction allows interior walls to be creatively placed in any configuration without load bearing considerations.
- Structures built with steel look better, perform better and provide a safer environment for inhabitants. Steel framed structures have a much lower probability of sustaining foundational problems, earthquake and high wind damage, and produce far less job-site waste (2% for steel vs. 20% for wood).
- When it comes to fire, steel framed homes are safer than wood-framed homes. The most frightening aspect of a house fire is the rapidity with which it can spread, a factor that’s multiplied many times over by the easy availability of wood framing as fuel.
- Steel is noncombustible and does not contribute fuel to a fire. Furthermore, a fire that does start in a steel framed building is less likely to spread from the area of origin than one starting in a wood framed home.
TORNADO, HURRICANE, EARTHQUAKE PROTECTION
- Being structurally stronger, steel framed homes can withstand earthquakes far better than wood-framed homes. They also stand up to the winds of hurricanes and tornado much better than wood. Steel framed homes can be designed to withstand winds up to 155 mph. Steel framing typically uses screws that provide a mechanical locking connection, giving your home more rigidity and structural integrity.
- Steel framed buildings are also less likely to be damaged by lightning strikes when compared to traditional wood homes due to superior grounding characteristics.
CONTROL THE SPREAD OF MOLD
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau report, of the more than 126 million housing units and commercial buildings, almost all are at some point likely to experience some form of excessive indoor dampness such as a water leak or flood. When there is excessive moisture, as well as a sufficient food source, mold can grow and lead to poor indoor air quality and result in serious respiratory ailments.
- Steel framing construction technology can help eliminate the growth of mold in homes and non-residential buildings. Cold formed steel framed structures are stronger, more resilient and offer a tighter building envelope since members are dimensionally straight and connected mechanically (screwed vs. nailed). This means no nail pops or drywall cracks.
- Moisture does not get into steel studs, substantially eliminating the expansion and contraction of construction materials around doors and windows, where leaks can occur. Steel does not provide a food source for mold to grow.
- While fire is a more recognizable harm to North American homes today, termites actually account for more property damage annually. Each year termites cause millions of dollars in damage to homes. Termites wreak havoc, chewing through wood framing and weakening the foundation of the home.
- Termites will not eat steel framing products, thus preserving the structural integrity of a steel framed home. Because steel is resistant to termites, it provides structures with years of security and durability against destructive pests, including termites and wood ants.
A typical wood framed house accounts for the cutting down of at least 40 trees. A steel framed house, on the other hand, can be made from 6 recycled cars. Use of steel framing saves our nation’s forests and has a positive impact on our environment.
- Because steel is both recycled and recyclable, it is not only a cost-effective choice, but a responsible choice for the environment. With a minimum of 25% recycled content, steel can be an important addition to any project where sustainable construction and design is a critical requirement.
- Since steel is recognized as a green building material, projects can also earn credits or points for green building rating programs, as well as other government incentives. Some advantages of steel include:
- Steel is 100% recyclable and is not only the world's most versatile material to recycle; it is also the most recycled material, more than aluminum, paper, glass and plastic combined. Each year, nearly 68.7% of all steel scrap in North America is recycled.
- Steel structures are built to last. They are highly durable and noncombustible and will not contribute fuel to a fire. With galvanized zinc coating (a natural element) preventing corrosion, cold formed steel structures can last hundreds of years.
- Does not contribute to the growth of a landfill - About 60% of the average landfill consists of construction debris. Since steel studs are straight and true, there is only a minimal amount of job-site scrap, which is also always recyclable.
- Energy efficient - Steel Framed homes are 40% - 60% more efficient than most wood framed homes. The depth of the steel exterior wall studs provides a wider space for insulation, enough for 9" (R-30) insulation factor. Most wood framed homes use 2" x 6" or 2" x 4" outer wall studs (R-9 or R-11 insulation factor respectively). Besides significantly lowering the energy bills, the extra insulation creates greater sound proofing creating a quieter and more comfortable home.
- Since steel-framing is unaffected by temperature or humidity changes, the house is more energy-efficient, thus saving on fuel costs. The lower energy consumption helps in further conserving our natural resources.