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Why you should be considering a steel building for your next project

This news story was published on March 18, 2020.
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If your next building and construction project is looming, you may be thinking about what material to use and what the benefits of each are. 

The pros and cons of building with steel

Steel buildings have huge advantages over their timber-framed counterparts. They are usually more cost-effective to purchase, faster, and easier to build, and they are one of the greener and more eco-friendly materials on the market today.

Steel is an incredibly versatile and robust material when used on its own or within a build. It is rust-resistant; however, it will corrode in more humid environments. There are ways around this issue, though, and many companies who manufacture and produce steel building kits will be able to offer a range of coatings and paints to stop corrosion, often coming with a guarantee for peace of mind. 

How to insulate a steel building

Steel is a good conductor of heat, which means that it does not retain the heat and can be a poor insulator. With the best will in the world, if you live in a climate that is prone to cold winters, you will need to consider how you are going to insulate your steel-framed building. This will ensure that you, your workforce, or whatever you are storing, stays at an even temperature throughout the year.

This will, of course, depend greatly on what you will be using your building for, but there are three main types of insulation to consider when you are designing your steel building kit.

  • Radiant barrier insulation – This type of insulation needs to be installed during construction, as installing it after construction will prove very difficult. The idea behind radiant barrier insulation is that it dissipates the heat and prevents mold and mildew from developing inside. This is the most used insulation and especially useful in warmer climates for keeping your building cool. Your steel building kit specialist will be able to advise further on this.
  • Spray foam – Spray foam insulation is nothing new and has been used in all sorts of construction types. It is by far the most popular type (especially in cold and dusty climates), it doesn’t retain moisture, and it is easy to install after your building has been built. It is challenging to remove, though.
  • Fiberglass – Fiberglass insulation has been popular the world over and is often the type of insulation that most people think of first. Although fiberglass insulation can be installed in steel-framed buildings, it isn’t the best option. Installation, however, is relatively simple, with large “rugs” of fiberglass rolled out and an inch or so either side left for good airflow. It is cheap and does the job, but there are better options available.

If you are looking to build an office, an outdoor den, or even a new house, a steel building kit could be a fantastic way to get precisely what you want quickly and efficiently.

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