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Daily News – Steel Buildings A Popular Residential Choice


In the past, steel buildings were mainly used for large-scale industrial sites. However, metal construction is increasing in popularity for smaller structures like schools, churches, retail stores and private residential homes. Until recently, the lack of curb appeal and versatility was the reason many would not consider metal for anything other than commercial steel buildings. Today, these aspects are much more attractive and the affordability and durability are recognized and sought after. Siding, brick, stucco and additional options can now be used for the exterior. These options are well-insulated, easy to maintain and the construction time has a much smaller window than traditional options. They also cost much less than stick-built homes of the same size and quality.

Steel buildings are also extremely versatile in the framing. These can be framed to look exactly like traditional houses or have a vast open floor plan with few interior walls. Pole construction used while building makes the walls non-load bearing, so the poles support the weight of the walls, allowing for large open spaces. These can create dramatic, wide open areas for entryways, living rooms and kitchens but smaller rooms can be contained for bedrooms and bathrooms. There are also much cheaper framing costs.

Some individuals are also choosing prefabricated building kits for the ease of assembly and additional cost savings. This option has the structure partially assembled when they are shipped to the lot. Since a lot of the assembly is completed at the manufacturing site, the construction is quicker and costs less.