The Benefits of Building with Steel
If you are thinking of building one of our Cozy Home floor Plans with a steel frame? Keep in mind what might be the benefits. Additional companies like Tiny Green Cabins, are also building mobile tiny homes with steel and it’s becoming more popular with people interested in smaller homes.
The benefits of steel are three-fold. They are beneficial to the homeowner, the builder or contractor and to the environment. For the homeowner, steel framing allows for less scrap and waste. Steel creates only about 2 percent waste versus 20 percent for lumber. Steel prices have also been fairly stable over the years and have not changed much since the 1980s. Steel is also fire and termite proof. For the builder, steel allows for very straight and true walls and is lighter to work with than wood. A steel frame is less prone to damage in earthquakes or high winds and shows less wear and tear over the years. For the environment, steel frame construction is beneficial in that more steel is recycled in North America each year than aluminum, plastic or glass combined and that saves the energy equivalent of about 18 million homes each year. Every ton of steel that is recycled saves about 2,500 lbs. of iron ore, 1,400 lbs. of coal and about 120 lbs. of limestone.
If you are considering building your new small or tiny house from steel, here are a few things to think about:
Steel is more expensive than wood, but there will be less waste with steel since wood framing needs to be cut and culled to create a straight stud for framing. Some builders also use foam board as insulation for steel frame homes which is not the most environmentally friendly option for increasing the R-value of a home. Also, if you are working with a builder who is not familiar with steel framing, the building process might be slower.
If you would like additional information about steel framing, an article about Cozy Steel Homes is available on the website.
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