Metal buildings are used in a number of fields as they are cost effective and durable enough to endure the harshest of conditions. They became popular in the 20th century, being used widely during the Second World War. During this time, steel became more readily available and steel buildings were seen as an affordable alternative. Steel structures are created with steel support systems as well as exterior shells. They can be used for storage, work spaces and commercial accommodation.
Steel buildings serve a variety of residential uses. The most common are garages and storage sheds. Those with extended property often use metal buildings for livestock and equine housing. Homes can be built with metal skeletons and finished with metal siding and roofing.
Using metal as a building material provides a cost effective alternative to traditional building materials for new constructions and remodeling. The taller a metal structure is, the less expensive it becomes to build based on cost per square foot. Metal buildings can be bought already assembled or as kits to be built on-site.
Garages and Sheds
Metal buildings used as storage sheds offer resistance to fire and inclement weather. They provide energy efficient shelter for heavy machinery and tools including tractors, plows and mowers, among others. Steel sheds provide an advantage over common wooden sheds as they are resistant to damage from the elements as well as provide a durability that lasts for years.
Metal buildings can be used as carports or exterior garages as well. The garages can be used to store or protect automobiles in addition to doubling as workshops and recreational buildings. They can also be used for special presentations, ceremonies or events. For yard sales or flea markets, metal buildings provide ample shelter and space for organization. For those with property near the water, metal sheds may serve as boat storage units. These buildings can also be customized according to the client’s specific needs and property characteristics.
Like garages, shed and barns, metal homes are beneficial in that they are fire resistant, energy efficient and can be erected quickly. Metal homes are environmentally friendly in that any unused materials left from construction can be recycled. Steel buildings may also be used as add-on structures such as bedrooms or attics.
Homes made from steel are not subject to the same distortion flaws as those of wood. Steel does not warp, buckle or bend in the same way wood does, so homes made from the material offer greater flexibility. Steel requires less maintenance but offers greater strength and resistance in comparison to wooden homes. In addition, steel homes are less likely to support the growth of mold, mildew or fungi which need moisture and porous material to thrive.
When building structures from steel, they must comply with the building codes of the area. Different regions have specific requirements and regulations regarding appropriate designs for steel structures used on residential property. Some areas limit or entirely exclude using metal as a building material based on zoning restrictions.