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Women in Business 2009

Metal Buildings

      Metal BuildingsMetal buildings have become the preferred construction type for today’s commercial, industrial, institutional and agricultural markets. Today’s metal building systems are extremely versatile, and can incorporate many different architectural finishes to provide the look required for applications such as churches, schools, shopping centers, office buildings and so on. At the same time, metal building systems still have significant advantages over many other building types:

      1. Steel building components are manufactured to consistent quality and exacting tolerances.
      2. Steel is manufactured to precise and uniform shapes.
      3. There is no need for ‘culling’ or inspecting steel components for crown or twists.
      4. Metal studs start out straight and stay straight without the warping, bowing, twisting, splitting, shrinking and popping knots.
      5. Steel building components do not rot like wood construction can.
      6. Steel is impermeable to termites, insects and rodents.
      7. Steel does not promote mold and mildew.
      8. Steel has one of the highest strength-to-weight ratios of all building materials.
      9. Higher strength means that on-center distances can be wider in steel buildings, reducing the amount of material and labor required – thus reducing costs.
      10. Steel and metal framing can reach greater spans than other materials creating larger open spaces.
      11. Steel strength allows for taller walls.
      12. Metal and steel frames are lighter than traditional concrete and masonry, leading to reduced footing and foundation requirements.
      13. Steel and metal building components can be as much as 50-percent lighter than wood.
      14. Steel can work well on its own or in combination with other materials.
      15. Steel is non-combustible and will not add fuel to a fire.
      16. In many cases, your insurance premiums will be lower because of this.
      17. Steel framing connections are much stronger than wood connections.
      18. Steel can be engineered to meet the heavy seismic and wind loads required by building codes.
      19. A steel or metal framed building produces much less waste than wood.
      20. Steel is 100 percent recyclable.

      Metal Buildings