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Coming over here from the landscaping and masonry sections to ask if any of you guys build or know of any good priced and good quality metal house companies and what the prices are like for these. I think this is the least costly type of home construction. I'm thinking of doing a steel frame house for myself with regular wood siding and shingles.
 

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Not sure of all the different types of steel buildings they offer, however we built a Quonset hut a few years ago that was manufactured by U.S. Buildings. Check out their site and if you're interested you can get a quote from them on their prices.
 

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know what you're doing with insulation, steel homes can get real cold in the winter. costly to heat if you haven't properly insulated stud pockets, etc.
 

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Hi.

Coming over here from the landscaping and masonry sections to ask if any of you guys build or know of any good priced and good quality metal house companies and what the prices are like for these. I think this is the least costly type of home construction. I'm thinking of doing a steel frame house for myself with regular wood siding and shingles.

Some advantages of steel framed homes



  • Fire proof
  • Termite free
  • Not susceptible to fungus and mold
  • Lower weight reduces risk of foundation movement
  • Stronger connections resist earthquake movements and high winds
  • Will not rot or rust
  • Less expensive for home owner's insurance
  • Higher re-sale value
  • Lighter weight means easier handling and less stress on foundations, cranes and workers
  • Consistent dimensions means there's no need to shim walls and adjust for bows
  • Straight walls and square corners mean windows and doors open as they should
  • Less scrap and waste (2% for steel vs. 20% for lumber)
  • Green positioning and structural advantages strengthen your image in the eyes of the consumer
  • Lower builder's risk insurance costs
  • Slash the size of your punch list with consistent framing and decking:

Steel vs. Wood construction cost

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

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

Over the years, 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 remain mostly consistent.

The result is that construction prices are closer to the price of steel offering consumers a viable choice for the type framing to use in their homes. Furthermore, steel greatly outperforms wood in building construction and its quality. 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 of a steel frame home, it 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.
 
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