There are a lot of myths about steel buildings. Some may have had a basis in fact decades ago, but today they are not. Believing in obsolete facts can prove costly in many ways to homeowners and businesses. What are these myths?
Ugly: The well house on the family farm was not a thing of beauty, but it did its job. It was built forty years ago and is an example of what people think of when they see the words “steel building.” However, today’s construction doesn’t have to be ugly. Well-designed steel buildings can actually be beautiful. All that’s needed is a good architect and a company that knows what it’s doing building it.
Noise: Yes, the well house was noisy. Every sound from outside could be clearly heard inside. It squealed in high winds. It drummed when it rained or hailed. It made a lot of noise when someone or something leaned on it. Steel buildings are no longer that way. For one thing, the steel is thicker, so it doesn’t give. It also doesn’t carry sound as much. Outside noises aren’t a problem and inside it doesn’t echo.
Difficult to control the environment: When it was eighty outside it was about one hundred thirty inside the well house. When it was cold outside, it was as cold inside. The well house didn’t have any insulation so it magnified the weather.
Today’s steel buildings can easily be cooled or heated. They do have insulation, which is also one of the reasons that they aren’t as noisy. The biggest problem with the internal environment is going to be that between who likes it cooler and who prefers higher heat.
Expense: This may have been true of larger buildings. The well house wasn’t that expensive to buy and build. However, lumber prices were also lower forty years ago, so perhaps it would have been less expensive. That isn’t true in today’s market. Steel is actually cheaper than lumber.
Lack of expansion ability: Actually, if expansion is on the horizon, having a steel building is best. It can be expanded more easily than brick, wood, stone or other building materials. The expansion won’t be as expensive, either.
They might melt in a fire: No, they are unlikely to melt because the melting point is so high with steel. Wood burns, stone explodes and brick may do either. Steel is likely to be left standing after a fire and may require less renovation afterwards.
It isn’t environmentally friendly: Yes, it is, although the point is debatable. It does require energy to make, but once it’s made it is one hundred percent recyclable. Wood isn’t, nor are any of the other building materials with the possible exception of bricks.
Once the myths are cleared out of the way, steel buildings look a lot better. They’ve come a long way since a fifteen year old helped her father build a well house for the family farm.