Why Is Wood Quality is Declining?

Wood products have declined in quality in recent years; the hardness and durability have declined, partially because of the protections of old growth forests. This means a wood framed home just cannot stand up to a steel framed home. The bolts used to put a steel framed home together are also incredibly stronger than the nails used to put a wooden home together. Your steel framed home will require significantly less maintenance over the years than a wooden home would, because of its resistance to some of the problems wooden framed homes face.

The Cost of Lumber is Climbing

The price of lumber has staged a staggering increase in recent months, rising roughly 80% since mid-April to an average price above $600 per thousand board feet. This increase will add thousands of dollars to the cost of a typical newly-built home, thereby constraining housing supply  exacerbating affordability woes and limiting housing’s economic impact.

Steel is Stronger Than Lumber

Of course it is. Steel buildings are more durable than wood, and more resistant to water damage. Steel will not warp or expand like wood does, and it does not rot, so it will be less likely to attract fungus. Termites and other insects who eat wood will also steer clear of a steel home. Steel frames can withstand hurricane force winds, and be designed for seismic activity. Metal is not flammable, which means the house will not give a fire more fuel, like a wooden home would do. Steel house frames are also 25 percent lighter than wooden house frames.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

While steel is 100 percent recyclable, most steel today is around 85 percent recycled. It is not made with hazardous chemicals and it does not require more processing when it is reused.

Steel homes have numerous insulation options that will help reduce your heating and cooling costs, and therefore, it reduces your carbon footprint. It can “save millions of dollars in energy bills,” according to Tanya Schnelzer, the environmental manager at Firestone Building Products, Indianapolis.

A steel framed home can be equipped with solar paneling too, making your home even greener, and reducing your carbon footprint further.

There are also tax breaks for homes that use green energy, and you can set up your steel home with green energy, saving you money right away.

Financing and Insurance

Banks and other money lenders often see steel as investments that are less risky, which can help you get a loan for building and a mortgage on the property a little easier than a house that is less sturdy. Insurance can also cost you less in a steel framed home because it is resistant to fire, earthquakes, wind, and water damage. It is possible for you to increase your property value and save money on property taxes with a steel home because it can be considered a capital improvement. A capital improvement is a permanent building on your property that will enhance the property’s overall value, adapt the property to new uses, or increase the property’s useful life.

Are Steel Frame Homes the Future?

Yes, even though they may not be the choice of every home builder, there will be more steel frame homes in the future. Given steel’s recyclability, there are environmental advantages to using this material in homes.

Homeowners surely will surely come to appreciate steel’s ability to resist severe weather and other perils. Steel’s long-term durability and overall value are unchallenged as well.