The Ins and Outs of Steel Systems Construction
Whatever your building construction needs, steel systems and steel in general can meet them. Steel construction is becoming increasingly prevalent, and even experts advise that stocks affected by steel prices and sales are on the rise. With that in mind, lets consider that ins and outs of this approach to construction.
Steel buildings go up fast. Choosing steel can shave weeks and even months off a project, and that not only saves time but money. In many cases, construction can begin within just days of a customer choosing a design plan.
Flexibility of Design
Choosing to build with steel also gives you a get degree of flexibility, and that flexibility goes beyond the initial design. As the needs of your business evolve, for instance, you can expand easily and cost-effectively with wide-open spaces that don’t require columns and similar features. This means versatility not just for your exterior choices but the interior choices as well.
Strong and Durable
Buildings constructed from steel can survive all manner of harsh weather conditions and in most cases better than all other construction materials. They also withstand wear and tear from the elements long-term as well as pests like termites. Steel construction involves the use of premium and high-grade components, and that results in a building that will last for many decades.
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of steel construction is the maintenance—or lack of—required. Your building will remain look beautiful with minimal care. Low maintenance costs are certainly a factor here, but it’s also about the time commitments and downtime that aren’t required.
Steel buildings are simple and affordable to insulate with materials like fiberglass and rigid board. These options can substantially reduce costs associated with heating and cooling. Other options that can reduce energy costs include low-profile roofs, light-colored roofing materials and insulated panel systems.
Steel is also an environmentally friendly option. In fact, you can build with materials that are 99-percent recycled, and if it’s ever necessary to take your building down, that material can be recycled again.
There are also cost savings available that often don’t apply to other construction materials and approaches. Take for instance the tax credits that are available and which many businesses aren’t even aware of.
Total Cost of Ownership
One of the most important aspects of steel systems for construction is total cost of ownership. We mentioned many different factors, including lower upfront costs, lower maintenance costs, reduced tax obligations and even energy efficiency, and all of these result in low total cost of ownership. Another way to look at total costs is generating the highest return on investment possible.