There is no doubt that a house is a major investment. Aside from making it more resistant against the forces of nature, it also needs defence against insect infestation. For residents who want the best protection against destructive insects, the number one choice for construction material is steel.
Insect infestation causes serious structural damage to wood-based homes. For example, a couple of days ago, there was a news about a couple from Utah, who were shocked to find out that there was a colony of more than 50,000 bees living inside their bedroom walls. This is not something new because there have been reports of similar discoveries every now and then.
Years back, a couple in Toronto only found out that they were not the only ones living in their 1 ½-story house when honey started oozing through a crack in the ceiling. In fact, 80,000 bees were found nestling in two colonies in their first-floor ceiling.
Another serious concern for owners of wood-based homes is termite infestation. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), damage caused by termites is estimated to cost Americans $5 billion annually. Termite control and treatment require special skills, materials and equipment and are best left to professionals. It is estimated that termite maintenance could cost between $500- $3,000 annually. So if you want a wood for your house, be sure to include this in your budget for maintenance.
Aside from the fact that steel buildings or steel framed buildings prevent and reduce future occurrence of termite and vermin problems, they also offer a lot more benefits than wood-based structures starting with the lower cost of ownership.
Steel buildings are not only affordable; owners are also assured of lower construction costs, lower insurance premiums and lower maintenance costs. Steel, as a construction material, is highly durable so there is a lesser chance for replacement of materials once the structure is built.
Steel buildings come in different styles to suit various needs. But some people find that steel framed buildings are more suitable for homes because they offer greater flexibility in design. Popular architectural finishes for interior and exterior walls are now compatible with steel framing.
Needless to say, customers now have a better choice for construction solutions that offer durability, functionality and affordability with steel buildings and steel framed buildings.