The misconception has been around for many years and originated for many reasons. First, the quality of lumber was much better in past years than it is today and it was much cheaper. Second, wood framers who attempted to build light gauge steel frame structures, with no knowledge as to the structural strength of light gauge steel used an enormous amount of steel in their structures than was necessary.

Not understanding how strong steel is, they built their structures the same way they would with wood. The result was an enormous waste of materials and a very expensive structure. Given these two reasons one can see where the misconception that steel frame structures where more expensive than wood arose. But this is no longer the case.

Over the years, as you may have noticed, the cost of lumber has grown greatly while the quality of lumber has reduced significantly. Due to both the dwindling resource of first growth large trees used for quality wood studs and the environmental movement which is limiting the availability of forests to timber, wood prices skyrocket while the quality of wood dwindles. Steel prices on the other hand have remained  consistent.

The result is that wood prices creep ever closer to the price of steel offering consumers a viable choice for the type framing to use in their structures. Furthermore, steel greatly outperforms wood in building construction and its quality, there are many benefits a steel frame structure offers an owner or builder.

Since wood prices fluctuate often, while steel prices remain consistent, an actual price difference is difficult to determine. But the difference in price should never be great. Given the performance and quality, a steel frame structure is a better LONG TERM VALUE for the consumers money than purchasing an inferior lower quality wood frame structure. In regards of value a steel frame home is a good deal.

                                            Building Code Compliance

Spherical Steel Structures meets and exceeds all national requirements of the Uniform Building Code (UBC), National Building Code (NBC), South Florida Building Code (SBFC) and the Building Official Code Administration (BOCA). The structural engineering and stability calculations of the Spherical Steel Structures are based on the relevant German Industrial Norms (DIN Code 18800).  
The ICC (International Code Compliance) went into effect in 2005, Spherical Steel Structures also meets all of the requirements of this new international code.

If you are in a region that requires a specific snow load, tell us. Spherical Steel Structures has snow load data for all of North America. If you are unsure of the snow load requirements for the region just ask.  

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