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Common Erroneous Conceptions About Steel Buildings
Despite the good attributes of steel buildings, there are negative notions about them that are not true at all. Find out what those false notions are by reading this article.
 
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Notions About Steel Buildings You Should Never Believe

Many people decide against using steel buildings for their construction projects because they have fallen for the common erroneous conceptions about these structures. In fact, if you are planning to buy a steel building, you have probably heard a lot of things about these structures as well. While half-truths and misconceptions about steel buildings abound, here are some of the most common notions you should never believe.

Steel buildings are downright unattractive

When people hear the words steel buildings, the first image that they conjure is a corrugated, boxy hut standing in the middle of a farm. This could be true, if it were the 1950’s. The manufacturing techniques for steel buildings have grown by leaps and bounds. Thanks to such improvements, modern steel buildings are more visually pleasing compared to their predecessors.  Today, you can find them in a wide variety of colors and shapes, not to mention that they can be customized to befit specific applications and needs.

Steel buildings come in certain standard sizes

In the past, manufacturers used to create steel buildings in limited or stock sizes because their applications were limited to barns, storage sheds and barracks. Computer aided designs and innovative fabrication process have changed all that. These days, steel buildings are made following the size specifications of customers. And because there are different building standards and codes that manufacturers have to adhere to, they never limit their steel building production to standard sizes only.

Steel buildings are expensive

Sure, the initial outlay for a steel building can be a bit costly. But, if you would consider the long-term savings you can get from its use, the initial expense is well worth it. Generally, steel buildings pay for themselves in a number of ways. For one, they are easy to build and deconstruct, saving you on labor costs. They are durable and are tested to withstand a number of elements, preventing unnecessary repairs and replacements and giving you the opportunity to enjoy lower insurance premiums. Likewise, they are energy efficient, helping keep energy costs down.

Steel buildings get struck by lightning frequently

It is a known fact that metals are good conductors of electricity. For this reason alone, it is easy to understand why this particular misconception about steel buildings has spread easily – and it seems plausible, too. However, industry research has shown that steel buildings are less likely to be struck by lightning compared to structures made from wood or masonry. If this is a particular concern for you, then you can always have a lightning protection system installed on your steel structure.

Steel buildings are harmful to the environment

This is the biggest misconception about steel buildings. The truth is steel structures are among the greenest construction systems available. Most of their components are made from recycled steel and they can also be recycled once they reach the end of their service life. In addition, the fabrication of steel buildings uses recycled water and less energy. As a result, minimal wastes go to landfills.

 
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