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Homes Of Steel: A Suprising Money Saving Alternative

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Go ahead and picture your dream house. I’m guessing there’s a lush, manicured lawn on there, maybe a white picket fence and a front door painted in the kind of bright, jovial colors that smile at visitors and say “come in”. It’s probably also worth a guess that while you’ve not given much thought to what your dream home may be built from, you’re probably assuming it’s made from wood and / or brick. Those are the materials that pretty much everyone uses, right?

But what if I told you that your dream house was in fact made of steel? Let me guess, that cheerful and idyllic house has now been replaced in your mind’s eye with a menacing house-shaped chrome slab? The simple fact is that steel homes are popping up all over the country. You’ve probably walked past one and not even noticed it.

If you’re considering building your new home, you might be pleasantly surprised by the environmental, ethical, safety and cost benefits of building with steel.

Environmental

Steel can be multicycled over, and over, and over again with absolutely no detrimental effect on its properties. If steel made building is demolished, its components can be reused or smelted to create brand new components. Globally, recycled steel accounts for 50% of new steel production. That’s a lot of mining that’s being circumvented!

Ethical

Check out Armstrong Steel’s website and you’ll see how the steel industry is a vital part of US industrial infrastructure. Factory based steelmaking and fabrication also supports a stable local workforce, benefiting local families and helping to build stable communities. Building with steel helps to perpetuate the creation of skilled jobs in the steel industry as well being at the forefront of a boom in more sustainable construction methods.

Safety

Steel is incredibly durable even under the extreme circumstances. It rarely needs to be repaired or maintained. It is also impervious to extreme weather conditions and designed to survive for decades. Many tests have been carried out to determine the durability of steel. Here are some interesting findings:

  • Steel buildings can withstand winds of up to 150 miles per hour without incurring any damage to either the exterior or the foundation.
  • Steel is uninhabitable by most animals, thereby providing protection from household pests, such as termites and rats. It is also water resistant, making it impervious to mold or mildew.
  • Steel buildings can remain standing even in major earthquakes.
  • The outer steel shell is completely flame retardant.

Cost

Not only are steel homes quicker and easier to assemble, they’re significantly cheaper than their brick or wooden counterparts. On average a steel home costs between $50 and $65 per square foot, around 30 percent cheaper than homes made with more ‘traditional’ materials. Steel’s special properties afford homeowners numerous financial benefits.

  • Metal construction products are protected by extremely durable paints and coatings that can ensure a service life of at least 40 years.
  • Maintenance costs are virtually non-existent.
  • Steel buildings contribute to tax benefits.
  • Steel buildings are designed to withstand severe acts of nature, making them cheaper to insure.
  • As a conductive material, steel is proven to reduce heating and cooling costs.