Advantages of steel
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There are many reasons why steel framing has come to the forefront as one of the best and most feasible alternative building materials for residential and commercial construction. Steel is a superior construction material with many benefits.

General Benefits

  • Most cost-effective mid-rise structural material.
  • Shorter and predictable construction schedule.
  • Highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material.
  • 100% recyclable.
  • 68% industry recycling rate.
  • Non-combustible - does not burn nor contribute fuel to the spread of a fire.
  • Inorganic - will not rot, warp, split, crack or creep.
  • Dimensionally stable - does not expand or contract with moisture content.
  • Consistent material quality - produced in strict accordance with national standards, no regional variations.

Benefits to the Builder

  • Substantial discounts on builders risk insurance.
  • Lighter than other framing materials.
  • Non-combustible.
  • Easy material selection - no need to cull or sort the pile and small punch list.
  • Saves job-site time with ease of panelization off-site.
  • Straight walls and square corners.
  • Windows and doors open and close as they should.
  • Less scrap and waste (2% for steel vs. 20% for lumber).
  • Price stability - price spikes are extremely rare.
  • Consumer perceives steel as better.

Benefits to the Consumer

There are many reasons why homeowners are turning to steel framing:

  • High strength results in safer structures, less maintenance and slower aging of structure.
  • Fire safety - doesn't burn or add fuel to the spread of a house fire.
  • Not vulnerable to termites.
  • Not vulnerable to any type of fungi or organism, including mold.
  • Less probability of foundation problems - less weight results in less movement.
  • Less probability of damage in an earthquake.
  • Lighter structure with stronger connections results in less seismic force.
  • Less probability of damage in high winds.
  • Stronger connections, screwed versus nailed.
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