Some lesser-known benefits of metal buildings

While the durability of metal as a construction material is widely recognized, some of its other advantages are less commonly acknowledged and appreciated.  

October 23, 2013 |
John Negich

While the durability of metal as a construction material is widely recognized, some of its other advantages are less commonly acknowledged and appreciated.  

An article posted on the METDAQ business-networking site touts a few additional benefits of building with metal. 

“In an age when consumers are looking for cost-effective solutions for every purchase, it is the sustainability and longevity of metal buildings that have made the option very cost effective,” the article states. 

Here are more benefits featured in the article:

Fewer repairs - Metal structures require fewer repairs when compared to other conventional building materials. There is less wear and tear, which increases the longevity of the buildings.

Sustainability - Energy consumption, longevity and maintenance are three factors that contribute to the sustainability of steel buildings. Another significant advantage of metal structures is that they can be recycled. “In a day when global warming and use of non-recyclable materials are plaguing the environment, the use of metals are better because once they have outlived their purpose, they can be recycled.”  

Aesthetic enhancements - The article acknowledges that people unaware of the modern developments in the design of metal buildings may conceive of them as rigid structures with less scope for experimentation and creativity. 

“In the past few years, the innovations and creativity injected in this field has changed the way people usually view metal structures. Today’s steel structures take advantage of the unique features of metals and incorporate them aesthetically while designing the metal buildings.” 

Unlike traditional buildings, metal structures do not require large support columns, making them an appealing option for a broad range of commercial facilities.

Read more on METDAQ.

John Negich | Metal Building Trends

John Negich is Vice President of Sales for Star Building Systems. He began his career with Star in 1985 as District Manager for the Pittsburgh District. During his tenure, he has also served as Region Manager for Star's Eastern Region and most recently for Star's Northern Region. John attended the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the Greensburg Institute of Technology in Greensburg, PA. Prior to his time with Star, John practiced architecture.

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