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.
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
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