Posted: April 14th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, CostEffective, Flexibility, Metal, Package, sustainability | No Comments »
The strength and durability of metal as a construction material is well known. But what is perhaps under-appreciated is the fact that these qualities also help reduce the cost of steel buildings by ensuring the longevity and sustainability of such structures. Both closely related concepts, it is the longevity and sustainability of modern steel building designs that have made them some of the more popular building designs of choice in this day and age when cost-effectiveness is such an important concern.
The longevity of steel buildings is much simpler to quantify than its sustainability. You only have to look at the lifespan of steel buildings to realize that on the whole, they last longer with much less need for repairs than other structures made out of conventional building materials. As important as this benefit is, it is because of their sustainability that metal buildings find favor among a growing number of building developers and contractors.
The sustainability of steel building design can be measured in terms of several factors, including:
reduced material use and maintenance
lower energy consumption
increased overall longevity
These factors contribute to a number of benefits that are apparent throughout the lifespan of a steel building. In the particular area of roofing, metal buildings already have a number of advantages over other structures made out of conventional building material. Metal roofs will require much less maintenance and repairs than roofs made out of other materials, and this will itself have a number of advantages it of reducing overall maintenance costs.
From both cost and environmental standpoints, metal buildings have a number of added advantages as well. A lot of the materials used in the construction of steel buildings are recycled, and these can even be recycled after the structure has outlived its purpose. And with a much lower rate of scrap associated with metal buildings, there is much less wastage for a building that can be constructed at much less cost and a fraction of the time that it would take to erect a similar structure made out of conventional building materials. In contrast, buildings made out of concrete will require clearing and processing of broken masonry, which is virtually useless for any construction purpose. By going with a steel building design, you can greatly reduce the auxiliary costs so often associated with building construction.
Design flexibility of steel buildings
Steel buildings also lend themselves to a tremendous degree of flexibility with regard to meeting the needs of the customer, conforming to local building codes, and adapting to specific applications and environments. Unlike other types of materials, the components used in metal buildings can be custom made to very specific requirements. Not only will this result in building materials that are more closely suited to specific applications, it will also mean much faster construction process with a minimum of costly and time-consuming on-site modifications. This in turn will translate into lower overall construction costs.
Most people who are wary of the traditional look of steel buildings are probably unaware of the many design innovations that have been implemented over the years. While the metallic gray structure of steel pole barns remains commonplace for certain settings and applications, there are many more steel buildings that have adopted more visually pleasing characteristics. Structures built to metal building design standards can in fact take advantage of metal’s unique characteristics and incorporate structural and design flourishes far removed from the traditional barn or hangar look of many decades ago. Since metal can be fashioned into large expanses without much need for support columns, metal buildings have become the design options of choice for churches and cathedrals, as well as commercial facilities in which space is an important concern.
Metal buildings can even incorporate more traditional design elements and materials, further enhancing their visual appeal. This is particularly true with metal framed buildings many of which incorporate design elements such as brick or stone exteriors, and even wide expanses of windows. If the boxy, gray look of the traditional steel building is the only thing keeping you hesitant to take the plunge, the new designs of modern metal buildings should be enough to convince you to reconsider.
The issue of cost
Although myriad variable factors make it difficult to say for certain just how much cheaper the construction of metal buildings is compared to other types of structures, there is no doubt that the average cost of metal building is far lower than you would spend on a similar project using other types of building materials. Although largely because of metal’s much lower cost, this is also due to reduced planning and construction factors. All in all it is safe to say that steel buildings construction will provide you with a construction solution that has the ability to surpass all other types of structures in terms of cost efficiency, durability and reliability.
Posted: April 10th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Advantages, buildings, Metal, Their | No Comments »
Why metal buildings?
Metal buildings are fast gaining popularity and preference over conventional building materials such as wood and lumber. The reasons are the several advantages you enjoy with a metal building as compared to other materials where such benefits are absent.
Also, an insatiable demand for non-renewable resources like wood has resulted in clearing of forest cover which has adversely affected the global environment. High costs, low availability and limited options have led to the shift from other building materials to metal buildings.
What are the advantages of metal buildings?
Metal buildings have numerous advantages over other building materials which makes them the preferred choice for building strong, stylish and durable high-quality buildings.
Cost-advantage: Metal buildings are relatively cheaper when compared with buildings of other materials. What distinguishes them is that they have low maintenance costs as well. Building a metal building is a one-time affair and the expenditure is a long term investment.
Durability: Another important feature of metal buildings is that they are very sturdy. Metal buildings are heat-resistant and are strong enough to withstand climatic changes. Other materials such as wood do not withstand climatic changes that well.
No labor costs: Professional metal building companies deliver pre-fabricated dismantled metal framework with marked components. These require just bolting and erecting which can be done easily with the help of the detailed assembly handbook making doing-it-yourself possible for smaller structures.
No waste: If a 40′ X 60′ wood building is to be constructed, tons of waste is to be expected. In case of metal buildings, this is not the case. Prefabricated building engineered at the factory in accordance with pre-decided dimensions and completely recyclable material guarantee that there is no residual waste.
Desired design: If you require very high ceilings or want to have a complex design according to the placement of your heavy machinery, metal buildings are best suited for you. You can choose from a wide variety of options and give your requirements beforehand to have your own customized metal building.
Insulation cover: Another addition with metal buildings is the insulation cover you can opt for. Insulation advantages not only reduce the noise level of falling rain in the interiors but also lower overall energy consumption costs.
Insect-resistant: Metal buildings are not affected by insects of any kind and hence are more durable.
Posted: April 5th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Choice, Materials, Metal, steel | No Comments »
The most widely used of all the metal building materials is steel. Often times this it is recycled, so it comes at a cheaper cost than you might expect, although it’s just as good at doing the job. Steel Is one of the most perfect building materials in the world, due to its durability, strength, resistance to weather conditions and because it can be made into more complex shapes than other materials (such as wood and stone) with relative ease. Having the ability to change your metal building materials into various different shapes means that you can build something that’s the exact shape that you want and need it to be.
Another advantage of using metal building materials instead of wood is that it doesn’t rot, it isn’t affected by termites and other insects and it won’t catch alight. While it does need painting every so often to keep it from rusting, this maintenance time is minimal when compared with the alternatives.
Apart from the main walls and roof sheeting, steel is often used as the main material for the other, smaller parts of these buildings. For example, all of the nuts, bolts and screws will all be made from steel, as well as the main support beams/girders.
One of the main problems with having a metal building is that the metal sheeting offers very little resistance from the cold air (since it’s not usually that thick in size) and it tends to hold the heat of the sun well (making the inside extremely hot on occasion). A good material that can be especially useful at fighting against the cold is Stucco. For those that don’t know, Stucco is a type of plaster that’s usually found on the outside of buildings. It can be used to insulate the inside of a building, but to you’ll need to get a professional to do this since it can be a bit tricky. Stucco is the most popular of all the metal building materials because it’s relatively cheap to buy and it makes for great insulation.
Other materials commonly used to insulate buildings are brick/stone and wood. This is a bit of a grey area in the community; since many people don’t believe in replacing the metal sheeting on the side with another material (otherwise it’s not a real metal building). That being said, having a wall of bricks does keep the cold out a lot better, although it’s much more expensive to build and can’t added to the kinds of metal buildings that have an arched shape.
Posted: March 30th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Building, Materials, Metal, Protect, Roofing | No Comments »
Metal roofing building materials seem to be in demand at the moment. Metal roofing seems to be one of the fashionable trends for homeowners with the virtues of metal roofing building materials being broadcast far and wide. They can be used to fit a roof on both big and small structures alike and builders enjoy using various building supplies to achieve the effects that any given client wants. That includes performance, aesthetic appearance and the space that various materials can give. Metal roofing building materials are especially useful because they actually control the energy distribution in any given home.
Metal roofing building materials can really brighten up the look of a place because architects can use various different materials to achieve different effects. They also come in a wide variety of colours and so can be tailored to fit in with the existing look of a building as well as altering the look completely if home renovations are in order. Metal roofing building materials are fantastic for ensuring that the roof you have on is safe and will not cause you health problems later on in life as well!
You can get metal roofing building materials made in a wide range of metals too. Steel, aluminium and copper are all popular because they are generally made of recycled products and are easily coated to prevent degradation as well as achieving the best possible look. As a result of their recycled content, they can be incredibly cheap and can also be recycled when they have served their purpose.
Metal roofing building materials can really enhance the living quality of any homeowner and may also reduce the costs of running the house effectively. Metal roofing building materials can keep heat in because they reflect it and thus may actually reduce energy and heating bills within just a few days of installation. However, if you do invest in materials that are prone to rusting, you may want to invest in a coat layer as well. Zinc is excellent for that purpose, as is aluminum coating. The latter has a warranty of twenty years and thus you have peace of mind that nothing will happen to your roof!
Metal roofing building materials are extremely environmentally friendly for the reasons outlined regarding energy bills and can enhance the longevity of your structure, but they are becoming more and more sophisticated to keep up with the latest technological innovations as well as the wants and needs of homeowners. As a result, they are improving homes all over the country as we speak. If you are planning to give your roof an overhaul then you should check out the benefits that metal roofing building materials would bring you.
Posted: March 29th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Along, Building, Going, Green, Materials, Metal, Process, Recycled, Rollforming | No Comments »
Going green with regards to building materials may take on new meanings depending on where you are building. However, a definition that is fairly universal for a green building states that a green building is erected using methods that increase efficiency within the building and that focuses on conservation of the materials used in both the construction of and maintenance of the building. There are a wide variety of products from which to choose with regard to both increasing efficiency and conserving resources.
These range from using products that improve the efficiency of the insulation and are made from renewable or recycled products. This may include cotton insulation or building using straw or packed earth, therefore increasing the insulation factors. There are some foam products that increase the efficiency markedly that are preformed and use less concrete than traditional concrete block structures. These are becoming more and more accepted in both hot and cold climates, including salt water environments. They are practically indestructible once the construction is finished. Along with the prefabricated building material, metal is becoming a product that is used instead of wood. One of the reasons for this is that metal can be recycled thus adding it to the renewable category of building materials.
In most cases it doesn’t matter how often the metal is used, it can still be recycled. Unlike wood which has little or no reusability other than as firewood, most metals can be melted and reused. Once the metal has been recycled, a rollforming process can be used to fabricate products used in the building process. Everything from roofs to beams can be made from steel and used in the construction of both residential and commercial buildings. With the use of hydraulic shears and roll form dies the recycled metal can be punched, cut and reformed into a variety of strong building materials that are as much or more versatile than wood.
As metal forming machinery becomes more sophisticated, so do building materials. Metal is an amazing creative tool in the hands of architects and builders. Without the added cost of creativity, the use of steel offers advantages in framing and cladding roofs and walls. Steel allows houses to be easy and cost effective to insulate. They also are fast and easy to erect, savings money in the cost of construction. Steel also adds the advantage of being capable of withstanding earthquakes better than some of the other construction materials.
Posted: February 10th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Advantages, Building, Metal | No Comments »
When it comes time to decide what material to use for construction of a large or small building, metal is often the final decision. There are many advantages to steel buildings, especially when compared to traditional building materials, whether they are put together by a building firm or come straight from a metal building manufacturer.
In the past, wood and brick were the materials used most commonly in construction. These days, with the introduction of steel buildings that have been pre-engineered, everything is very different. This way of constructing buildings is more flexible than other approaches, better for the environment, and inexpensive to implement. Metal buildings are constructed for a wide range of purposes all over the world today.
Another reason so many companies choose to construct steel buildings is because metal building manufacturers are well known for providing excellent services to the client and making sure everything is implemented successfully. The entire process from start to finish goes more smoothly with metal construction methods.
Steel building manufacturers start by finding out what your needs are, and then come up with an initial design. These companies will work with your business to navigate the world of building codes and other rules that metal buildings must follow. Whether you’re building a pole barn, storage building, or metal garage, certain specifications have to be met for construction to move forward.
The manufacturer also comes up with detailed blueprints and procedures for fitting and erecting the metal building. If your business doesn’t already have a general contractor, manufacturers often find one for you. Prefab buildings are the most convenient way to construct a building and have it finished in a short period of time. Companies that construct prefab buildings may also give suggestions pertaining to doors, windows, and other design features such as layout, so that the entire project goes smoothly and efficiently.
The manufacturer even comes up with finished plans so that the whole project will go off without a hitch. Businesses continue to use metal building manufacturers because they provide all the services you need for construction. And it doesn’t matter what type of building you wish to construct – a pole barn, storage buildings, or a metal garage – metal building manufacturers will cater to the client’s needs.
All pieces are custom-made to fit when they arrive on the construction site, and don’t require any modifications, so that all the work that occurs on site is focused on erecting the building in the fastest amount of time possible. This saves plenty in construction costs and ensures that your building goes up quickly.
You can expect savings of about a third of what you pay for traditional materials, even if the price of metal fluctuates. The savings come from the lower labor costs as well as the faster construction time.
Metal buildings even allow for companies to expand in a cost-effective manner as their needs change and develop over time. All you have to do is order more metal panel and framing, and you can proceed with construction without getting in the way of running your business.
Posted: February 8th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, Business, Expand, Metal | No Comments »
Having well designed and cost efficient structures is very important for industrial businesses around the globe. Industrial metal buildings can be the perfect solution for these businesses. In fact, steel buildings are gaining in popularity as well as becoming a standard practice amongst businesses in many different industries.
Businesses have started using steel to build with because steel is a quality building material that has many great benefits to it. Affordability is possibly the biggest reason why businesses are using steel to build their business structures. Construction materials and labor can be up to seventy-five percent less using steel, as opposed to building structures with wood or other materials.
Besides being an inexpensive building material, steel requires minimum maintenance. Because of this, industrial buildings are easy to expand as the needs of your business increase. These buildings are durable and reliable. They will protect materials, equipment, products, and even employees, in case of fire, storms, and other natural disasters.
Another benefit is that industrial metal structures are built using high grade steel. This means that they are able to be designed and manufactured to meet all building codes. They can also be cut to fit very precise specifications. This allows building to be expanded and tailored to fit the growing demands of your business.
There are many different types of industrial buildings. They can be used for many things. Some examples of industrial metal buildings are self storage units, warehouses, auto repair shops, auto body shops, manufacturing plants, and distribution plants.
Self Storage Units are becoming more popular due to families’ and business’s needs for additional storage. These buildings costs very little to build. They are extremely durable. They are able to withstand the elements like rain, snow, sleet, or hail. They also stand up well against general customer traffic and wear and tear.
Steel warehouses typically have very low start up costs. They can be built rather quickly as well. Most warehouses require very little maintenance which saves the business an enormous amount of money on repairs and maintenance. Warehouses are designed to be efficient, obstruction free and flexible workplaces.
Auto Repair and Auto Body Shops typically come pre-engineered and are easy to erect. They offer large clear work space. They can be customized however you need them to be and they can be painted to match the local surroundings. An added benefit to these buildings is that they are very sturdy. The walls are strong enough to shelve or hang tools, pullies, winces, and cranes, and other heavy equipment.
Manufacturing and Distribution plants have very low overhead costs for the amount of work space that you get. Most of these buildings are pre-engineered and can be customized to suit your business’s needs. The designs can be very flexible, depending on what you need the building to function as. These buildings can also be built without columns inside of them in order to provide an open air workspace.
If you are looking to start a new business or expand an existing one, metal buildings can be a very good investment, no matter how big or small your business needs are. By investing in a metal building, you will get a high quality structure that is fire proof, virtually maintenance free, and built to last a long time. Think of all the money you can save in the long run.
Posted: February 6th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: buildings, Impact, Metal | No Comments »
Many developers are increasingly choosing to construct their buildings out of metal for various reasons. Metal buildings are stronger and less vulnerable to the ravages of time and weather. Because metal is inorganic, the owner does not have to worry about the structural supports of the building being damaged by termites, mold, rot, or fungi. Using metal to construct the building also lessens the risk that the building will become warped during construction, allowing the building to be built with right angles and ensuring that all of the windows and doors in the building will open and close properly for the life of the building. One feature that has many individuals clamoring for a metal building is the building’s ability to withstand the impact of heat.
A metal building is better able to withstand the intense heat of a fire or explosion better than many other types of building materials. This is because the metal has a burning or melting point that is much higher than building materials such as wood. It is also an inorganic substance, so the fire cannot feed off of the metal like it would be able to off of organic building materials. It is very difficult for a fire to reach the temperatures needed to severely damage or destroy the structural supports of a metal building to the point where the building would collapse. On the other hand, buildings made out of wood or other organic materials actually feed a fire and help it to race through the structure, destroying everything in its path.
Metal buildings typically use a highly heat resistant metal such as steel for the building frame, structural supports, interior columns, and included in the slabs used to form the building for added support. This makes the most vital areas of the building extremely heat resistant and lessens the possibility that the structural stability of the building will fail in the event of a fire. In fact, a typical building fire would not generate nearly enough heat for the structural features of the building to be greatly damaged in any way, even though the walls and furnishings of the building may be completely destroyed. There are very few things that can damage a metal building to the point of structural failure.
Many individuals choose to construct buildings out of metal because it is very rare that the entire building will need to be replaced because of damage. Walls and furnishings can be replaced easily and usually within a matter of weeks, but individuals that have constructed a metal building typically will not have to worry about replacing the entire building due to some unforeseen event. Metal buildings [http://www.futuresteel.com/commercial.html] not only have the ability to withstand the heat of a fire, but can also withstand small explosions, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and tornados. All of these natural and man-made disasters can cause a great deal of damage to the building and its contents, but the building will not be destroyed. In many cases, it is mainly the metal buildings that are left standing after a disaster.
Posted: February 4th, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Advantages, buildings, Metal | No Comments »
If you are Constructing Metal buildings, using prefabricated kits saves a lot of time and money that would have otherwise been used on construction. Assembly of a metal building can be done over the weekend with the help of few friends and family. One only needs to follow the instructions on how to put up the building as no prior construction experience is necessary. Kits come pre-drilled to make the process as easy as possible. This way buyers can handle the process themselves and save some money that would have gone to contractors.
Normally these buildings are made from steel alloys that will be able to withstand natural environmental conditions for decades. You have the freedom to paint them, although it is not really necessary as this only changes the building cosmetically. There are also many other advantages of metal buildings as discussed in this article.
Metal houses and storage units offer more durability and strength compared to wooden barns. Unlike wood-based construction metal building components provide better results since they have no knots, splits or twist. In addition the building kits are prefabricated, hence they result in final structures that have stronger connections fitting perfectly. This in turn means they can withstand higher weight loads. They are more unyielding to earthquakes and hurricanes.
These buildings are a cheaper alternative compared to wooden ones. This applies whether it is for standard size construction or building metal barns. In all these cases, building from a prefab kit makes financial sense. Metal does not require a lot of maintenance. However, major exterior changes such as painting can cost as much as several thousand dollars, depending on the building size.
These buildings are not only economical to build, but also to heat. This means you make enough savings through their energy efficiency. Another great characteristic of steel buildings is their flexibility and can be highly customized. This means that they not only economical and fast to construct, but easy and to expand inexpensively. This also means they can be modified easily to meet any environmental specifications.
These buildings are also resistant to insects and rot. Pre-engineered steel buildings are resistant to insects and rot, are not vulnerable to warping and cracking as wood structures are. Their resilience combined with easy atmosphere control makes them ideal for storing hazardous and delicate materials.
Another important aspect of these buildings is their being environment friendly. Since the construction industry has also embraced the concept of green building designs nowadays, metal buildings serve as an excellent candidate for maintaining environmental friendliness. Some of the factors which are considered include energy efficiency, consumption of lesser materials, and lesser waste materials.
Finally, metal buildings are fireproof. The fire resistance of a building material refers to the length of time the wall element is able to resist a fully developed fire. Metal obviously bears more resistance compared to other materials such as wood. This means that the owner will have peace of mind and substantial savings over time on insurance premiums.
Posted: February 3rd, 2012 | Author: The Builder | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: About, buildings, Discussion, Metal | No Comments »
If someone were to mention metal buildings to you, you might start thinking about large skyscrapers and stadiums. But the range of structures made from metal encompasses much smaller buildings also, including sheds and houses. There are lots of reasons why people would want to use metal.
As opposed to metal, the other major building material used is wood. But there are some advantages in using metal. For one thing, metal is a lot harder and stronger than wood. It can withstand much greater force, such as in the event of an earthquake or some other kind of disaster such as a plane crashing into a building.
In terms of extracting resources, using wood means that trees must be cut down. This leads to deforestation. As everyone knows, global warming is a major issue these days. Steel, on the other hand, is mined with less damage to the environment. There is an environmental impact, to be sure, but mining activities to extract steel affects less area than cutting trees. Also, steel can be recycled easily by melting it down, whereas wood has a limited number of uses.
It is true that metal is more costly as a building material, but you get what you pay for. If what is wanted is a structure that can attract attention while being endurable, then metal materials are more desirable. Also, the chemical composition of metal is such that it can be made to form all kinds of different shapes. Curves, for instance, can be created, rather than traditional linear lines. The result is that there is much more variety of forms that such buildings can take, rather than the usual boxes.
Steel buildings are much more sturdy than anything made with wood. Wood will break after a certain amount of pressure is applied, but the breaking point of metal is significantly higher. In fact, it will bend significantly before it breaks. This is a significant safety feature. If there is any possibility of damage, it will be caught before the structure deteriorates further, causing injury or loss of life.
There are energy savings benefits associated with using steel. During cold seasons, heat used to warm a building can be recirculated within the structure, rather than having it escape. During hot periods, heat will be channelled out, and the cold air of air conditioners can be circulated inside. As a result, a minimal amount of energy is needed to attain the desired temperature.
In the post-modern period of architecture, metal is the material of choice. It looks very sleek and gives the viewer of something very refined. Wood is more traditional and makes buildings look historic and dated. But if one wants to convey a sense of newness, than metal materials are a better choice. The shininess of the gleaming surfaces gives a pleasing aesthetic sensation as sunlight reflects off the surface, making it eye catching.
Metal buildings are relatively new, but the impact they have made is very profound. They are costly, but for a building that will last, it will be worth it. In the long run, it will pay for itself.