Going the Extra Mile â€“ Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings vs. Wood Construction
DENVER, CO Both architecture and engineering are fast paced industries, understanding the differences between contemporary and traditional building construction is vital to avoiding future building problems and obtaining long term benefits.
A century ago, wood was easily the best choice in materials. It was inexpensive, readily available and owners usually designed and built their own buildings. Surprisingly, steel buildings have been only around for the past 60 years, but their popularity has sky rocketed in the past few decades. Most people do not know that steel buildings are priced more economical than traditional stick-built or wood construction, but also, steel buildings are designed and erected far faster than the traditional construction buildings.
Traditional Building Construction
Traditional building construction is a system that implements structural processes using elements such as masonry or wood that are constructed on-site. This type of construction is extremely popular with residential projects. Traditional construction includes cement, bricks and tiles but can call for various other materials if the structures and designs become more complicated other materials are sought from outsourced manufacturing companies.
Pre-engineered buildings are constructed through pre-fabricated elements delivered by a factory to the site based from the designer's or builder's request from their clients' needs and wants. This structural design is well known in many commercial and industrial establishments that basically involve roofing and wall cladding. This structure system consists rigid framing that are formed into I-shape to complete the roof, beams and columns.
So how do these two structure types pan out head to head?
The Life of the Structure
Let's be blunt, steel components won't weather or degrade over time like wood. Steel remains rigid for the entire life of the building. This structural strength means less stress on fasteners and components and provides a safer building for the years to come. Wooden buildings have an economic life of maybe 15-20 years and require lots of maintenance along the way. A pre-engineered metal building requires virtually no maintenance and provides decades of worry-free service.
A Strong Foundation
Many people believe that to construct a steel building requires a concrete foundation and floor, adding greatly to the initial cost of the project. A metal building doesn't require a full slab, although it does require concrete piers at each column location to provide proper structural stability and meet design load requirements. The required piers provide load bearing capacity and an above grade connection so that the posts are not subject to moisture and decay. These foundations do add to the initial cost of your pole building. We feel the advantages over the life of the building are tremendous and hard to beat.
Faster, Easier and Cost Effective to Construct
Pre-engineered steel buildings are designed and made specifically for your building needs. Each component is designed and manufactured to match perfectly with the others. This means your steel buildings will fit together precisely. Each component is detailed and made for your particular building, erecting the building is quick, easy and the buildings go up faster and requires less labor overall to construct.
Compare the costs and do your research. Not just the initial costs for site prep, materials and labor, but also the longer term costs of ownership like maintenance, repairs, and insurance. Decide how much value you place on safety and environmental friendliness, too. When it's all said and done, we believe you will find the value of a pre-engineered steel building is much greater than that of a wooden pole building.