Which is better, Steel or concrete buildings?
December 18, 2006 5:35am CST
Steel Buildings are metal structures consisting of steel for the exterior covering and internal support. They are used for a variety of purposes ranging from storage to office space to living space. They have evolved into several specific types of steel buildings depending on how they are being used. Advantages of Steel Construction 1. High quality, aesthetic 2, Lower maintenance costs 3, Non combustible to fire 4, Steel is environmentally friendly 5, Components can be used again and again 6, Steel components are frequently functional 7, Steel construction is strong, durability and stability 8, Steel Construction promotes good design and safety 9, Construction with Steel is sustainable to Temperature effects 10, Steel frame construction is rigid in structure and dimensionally stable 11, Steel can be re-used without effecting the environment 12, Construction with Steel components is very fast compared to other materials 13, Steel construction of buildings with steel components is resistant to termites and other destructive insects. 14, Steel constructions are cheaper than any other construction methods 15, Steel construction is a fast method of construction
13 Jul 07
Steel building kits can be very inexpesive and easy to erect yourself. Pouring a concrete pad or floating perimeter can often be more expensive than the building itself. Metal buildings are fire resistant and they do tend to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than typical structures, although I am not sure about concrete. Steel can be recycled which does make it somewhat environmentally friendly. On the downside, steel building kits can be unnatractive. If you build the front endwalls yourself, though, you can pretty it up a little:)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Some of your advantages you listed are plain wrong. First, 1 is subjective. Secondly, 3 is misleading, b/c steel is still vulnerable to fire. 4 is FLAT OUT WRONG. 9 is inaccurate, steel is affected more by thermal variations than many other materials. 11 is wrong, clearly recycling ANY material still has an impact on the environment. 14 is very wrong, steel is extremely expensive.