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STEEL FRAME BUILDINGS


The last century has seen the growing emergence of steel frame buildings as a frontrunner in the construction industry. As more steel frame buildings are built, people in the construction industry have come to understand the characteristics, limitations, and importance of steel as a building material.

However, this knowledge must not only be confined to those who work in the industry. It is very important to educate the consumers on the many facts and statistics about steel framed buildings, in order to help them make informed decisions on their future purchases.

The history of the steel building started in the 1700’s. Erected in 1796 in Shrewsbury, England, Ditherington Flax Mill was the first building to use an iron frame. It was a product of early experiments with iron and was implemented as an answer to the problem of frequent fires in the British cotton mills. In 1889, almost 100 years later, the Rand McNally Building in Chicago was erected and became the first skyscraper with an all-steel framing. The 1920’s and the 1930’s saw the emergence of several steel building companies that started producing their products in mass quantities. The new designs, later known as Quonset Huts, played a prominent role in World War II because they served as aircraft hangers and storage facilities.

Here are some interesting facts you may not have known about steel buildings, which contribute to their popularity:

1. Save More Money
Choosing to build with steel is a wise decision because of it is cost-effective. Compared to the frequently fluctuating price of lumber, steel building prices have remained relatively low and stable for years. Since there is less construction with pre-engineered steel buildings, you save on labor costs. In addition, their durability and high life expectancy make insurance costs much lower when compared to wood-framed housing.

2. Fast and Easy Construction
Although the designs of steel buildings continue to evolve, what is constant is their ease of assembly and fast construction time. Steel buildings are pre-engineered or pre-fabricated, which means that the parts are assembled in a factory before being shipped. Steel building kits come with instructions and the suppliers are typically more than willing to be of help. That’s why assembling a steel building can be a hassle-free project.

3. Demonstrated Durability
As stated above, steel framed buildings are more durable and have been proven to have a higher life expectance than wood framed housing. Some of the advantages of steel over wood framed buildings are:

  • •  Steel is unreceptive to rotting, molding or shrinking.
  • •  Steel is not vulnerable to ants and termites.
  • •  Since steel is a made of high quality, steel studs have no knots, splits or other     defects unlike wooden studs.
  • •  Steel metal buildings are resistant against fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.


4. Single Source Assurance

When choosing to build with steel, you will definitely experience less worry when you encounter problems. Since all your supplies and maintenance come from just one source, the supplier, there is less hassle for you. When the need arises, it will only take one phone call to Armstrong Steel to fix the problem.

5. Easily Expandable
Steel buildings pose no problem when modifications and/or expansions are needed. It does not matter whether your steel building is old or of a particular size and shape, removing end walls, adding new panels and building new framework are very easy tasks. Keep in mind that these new tasks still come with short construction time and minimal costs.