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The Advantages of Steel Buildings

August 25, 2022

Advantages of choosing a Pre-Engineered Steel Building Solution

When looking to construct a new building, you should be exploring all potential options. There are plenty of factors to think about when trying to find the perfect solution that will ultimately meet all our customers’ needs and requirements.

For instance, it’s very important to consider your current needs in the context of what your building may be used for in the future. If you plan to use your building for business purposes, you should ensure it’s large enough during the initial build to accommodate future business growth or, alternatively, that your building has the ability to be easily expanded in the future. Similarly, if you rely on your building for business revenue, then you should understand what kind of maintenance is required to keep your building operating at maximum efficiency.

Pre-engineered metal buildings offer all these benefits and more, and in this blog, we’ll examine the many strengths that these buildings offer. Click any of the points below to learn more about each specific advantage.

Pre-Engineered Steel Building Solutions – The Advantages

The benefits of steel as a material are well known in the construction industry:

  • Product Quality – Steel is a manufactured commodity and product quality is assured. As a material, steel is flawless and free of defect. Steel Studs have no knots, or splits – It is the ideal material for construction.
  • Steel is endlessly recyclable – Steel is the most recycled material on earth. All new steel is currently produced with recycled steel, making steel construction the ideal choice for the environment. It’s the Green solution.
  • Steel is non-flammable – Steel doesn’t catch fire. It can contain a fire, it can keep a fire out, and keep it from spreading. Steel is recognized to have an A-Fire Rating.
  • Long Lifespan – Steel does not decompose. It remains sturdy and durable. Walls remain straight, floors are flat. Steel requires little to no maintenance.

Choosing a Prefab Metal Building System – 15 Advantages

Choosing a pre-engineered approach to any construction makes that system more efficient in a number of ways – both during the building process and throughout the lifetime of the structure.

When we marry pre-engineering with the strongest material on earth – steel – we have an unstoppable combination of efficiency, durability and strength, at an extraordinary value. 

The key advantages of choosing a pre-engineered steel building solution for your next construction project are listed below. Click the headlines to learn more about the specific advantage.

1. Keeping You Safe

Safe, strong & durable construction – Local and national building codes are always factored into the design and engineering ensuring that every Metal Building will meet or exceed all structural requirements demanded by the specific environmental conditions of the job site and application. Click here for more information.

2. Waste Not, Spend Not

Pre-engineered for cost-efficiency –  The pre-engineered process creates  metal structures with very little waste, which use only the exact amount of steel required for each particular building. Click here for more information.

3. Wide is Wondrous

Ability to span long distances  – Prefabricated steel structures can span 250 ft. in width and still be a cost-effective solution. Pre-engineered Metal Buildings effortlessly span 100’s of feet in width and theoretically unlimited lengths. Click here for more information.

Wide Steel Buildings

4. If You Can Dream It, We Can Make It

Custom design process – Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings are custom designed to each customer’s unique needs, preferences and specifications. Click here for more information

Customization Steel Building

5. Go Ahead, Get Creative with Open Space

Clear-span designs – Pre-engineered metal buildings are clear-span by design. This means that there are no columns or posts to get in the way of 100% useable interior space. Click here for more information.

6. Just Because it’s Steel, Doesn’t Mean it has to look Industrial 

Aesthetically pleasing – Pre-engineered steel buildings can have any look required by the customer. Beautiful exteriors can be created using stucco panels; faux brick and wood siding, vinyl, or stone facades. Click here for more information.

customized Steel buildings
Steel buildings can be fully customized to meet the aesthetic qualities that a customer desires.

7. Naturally Cool and Collected

Energy efficiency – Pre-engineered Metal Buildings are designed, engineered and constructed to be energy-efficient. Even without insulating a steel building, the temperature inside the structure remains constant, keeping the structure comfortable. Click here for more information.

8. Heat it Up or Cool it Down

Insulation packages – Metal Building Systems are compatible with specific insulation packages, making them even more efficient and innovative. Click here for more information.

steel building insulation

9. One “Go-To”

Single-source responsibility – The fact that one single supplier is responsible for the entire steel building envelope is among the main benefits of choosing a Pre-Engineered Metal building system. Click here for more information.

single source steel

10. Easy-Up

Ease of assembly – When your pre-engineered steel building arrives to your job site, all components will be well packaged and in bundles that are clearly labelled. Every part will be quickly located and cross-referenced in both the blue prints and the erection manuals when construction begins. With no welding and minor cutting on site, each component is a perfect fit to each other part, making the structure very easy to assemble. Click here for more information.

11. It’s a Quickie

Fast construction process –  All steel building parts come organized, pre-cut and ready to go, with no welding and only minor cutting to do on-site making the speed of assembly unmatched in comparison to other building materials like wood. This coupled with the simplicity of the pre-engineered steel building with its limited number of standardized components, allows for quick construction. Click here for more information.

quick erection steel building
Thanks to the pre-engineering of the building components, the actual erection of your building can take as little as 1 or 2 weeks.

12. Move in Fast

Faster occupancy – Less time spent erecting, equates to diminished construction costs and a faster occupancy. For many retailers and commercial buildings, it is important to understand that time gained is essential in determining the economic benefits of a Steel Building Solution. Click here for more information.

13. Set It and Forget It

Low maintenance – A typical metal building system, with pre-finished metal panels and standing seam roof, is virtually maintenance-free. Click here for more information.

14. Grow With You

Flexibility of expansion – Pre-engineered metal buildings are designed to easily lengthen and accommodate customers’ growing needs and requirements, even after years of use. Click here for more information.

15. Ask and You Shall Receive

 Savings Year after year –  Energy-efficient, maintenance-free, and durable construction ensure continuous savings year after year. What’s more, some Insurance Companies offer discounts for pre-engineered metal building systems because of their all-steel, optimal fire rating construction. Click here for more information.

Flexible Expansion steel building

Additional Benefits of Steel Buildings — Better Than Wood

When comparing steel with other building materials the benefits are readily apparent, especially for customers looking to construct a strong yet affordable structure for just about any purpose. Traditional wood construction cannot compete with the multitude of benefits offered by steel.

When comparing Steel vs Wood, it is important to consider the longevity, raw strength, clear span, and quick assembly that comes with a pre-engineered steel building. The benefits largely outweigh the costs, and today most commercial, industrial, and warehousing projects opt for the convenience and strength of steel to avoid the challenges of working with wood.

Save Money and Build a Better Building With Steel

With the various advantages of steel over wood, it’s true that a steel building can actually cost you less than a comparable wood construction. While the raw cost of a wood building is rather low, you’ll likely end up paying for it over time with numerous repairs and other efforts that will be required to keep that wood building standing and in good order.

On the other hand, a steel building will likely sit just the way it was erected with minimal maintenance or other concerns. Over the life of the building, that can mean substantial savings with a building that doesn’t need much in the way of maintenance. After all, wood warps and rots over time, and those slight shifts can represent huge problems when considering the structural integrity of a building, if not the aesthetic ones.

Instead of regular maintenance and other efforts to determine whether your structure is deteriorating in a way that could be unsafe, the advantages of steel construction means that your steel building can actually end up appreciating in value instead of the opposite, primarily because steel buildings stand the test of time. If you end up in a position where you need to sell your building and the land it sits on, that could help put more money in your pocket.

More Strength and Durability

Steel building are designed to be near-impervious to winds and storms, and there is no comparison when looking at wood buildings, which may go up strong but quickly succumb to the elements. Without proper maintenance and fixes wood cannot withstand near the same level of stress that steel can.

Furthermore, because steel is steel, you won’t have to worry about termites and other pests that can make owning a wood building a pain. Due to inconsistencies in wood products, you may also experience up to about a fifth of the purchased wood going to the scrap pile, which can represent a considerable expense. That’s why even though a wood building may sometimes be cheaper to construct, wooden buildings are often more expensive over the long term because steel is simply a better and more consistent product.

Most modern pre-engineered steel buildings are created to withstand the worst that nature can offer, including protection against earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, high winds, heavy snowfall and flooding, among others. In general, steel is one of the strongest building materials on earth, and even when faced with fire it will reject burning. With so many great benefits of steel building, it makes sense why many are turning to steel for their next building project.

Final Thoughts

The benefits of steel are well known in the construction industry.

Steel, as it comes from the steel mill, is incredibly versatile. It is this versatility that provides engineers with the flexibility to design steel structures with a high degree of accuracy. Steel is a plentiful resource – we have an abundance of it, and it is a well-accepted material world-wide. Steel has a very high degree of workability, and can be manipulated easily. It can be cut, and welded; shaped and formed so that it satisfies an endless array of requirements. And Steel is resilient. It can take a great deal of abuse and it doesn’t wear down like other materials. Finally, and perhaps best of all, steel is recyclable, and through the recycling process, it does not lose strength.

When we consider that steel is the fundamental construction material of all our Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings, we can see how the benefits and advantages keep adding up: Cost efficient in every way – from materials; to freight; ease of assembly and faster occupancy. Pre-engineered Metal Buildings are virtually maintenance-free and easy to expand; adding continuous value year-over-year in savings and worry-free, enjoyable space.

Contact Us Today!

When you buy a building from Norsteel, we become your partner throughout the construction process. We work with you, or with your general contractor, to ensure that all your steel building requirements are met. Your project is our project, and we’ll be with you the whole way through.

For more information on specific metal building applications, click here to learn more about our line of products. If you have any questions or comments, click here to contact us today.

You can use steel for all sorts of projects including agricultural, livestock, sporting arenas, mining, commercial and so many more. The possibilities are endless, even for do-it-yourselfers.

About the author 

Michelle Keenan

Michelle is one of two owner-operators of Norsteel Buildings, alongside her husband Sean. Michelle has more than two decades of experience in steel building design and construction, and has worked with thousands of customers over the years to make their building dreams come true. Under Michelle's leadership, Norsteel has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Builders in North America 5 years in a row.

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  1. Steel structures resist damage from high winds, earthquakes, snows, heavy rains, termites, wood ants, vermin, fire, lightning, and mold much better than other construction materials.

  2. I liked it when you shared that it is great to consider steel building since the temperature inside the structure remains constant, keeping the structure comfortable. Besides, it can be built in a fast process since all building parts are organized and readily available. I would like to think if a company needs to build a structure, it should consider working with a reliable metal building contractor.

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  9. Steel structures are highly fire-resistant when contrasted to a wooden design as wood is a combustible material and less fire-resistant when determined with RCC structure.

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  18. I loved that you mentioned that steel can actually cost less than a wood structure. I'm hoping that I can talk to a general contractor this week about building a custom home. It would be nice to invest in a steel frame since they're a lot stronger.

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