Its popularity derives from its overcoming the limitations of other historically used building materials. It is strong, stable, durable, non-combustible, withstands high winds and survives well in seismic zones. It is also termite-proof, insect-proof, and does not mold and rot. This translates as reduced construction waste and reduced maintenance costs. There are also insurance benefits.
It is called cold-formed steel (CFS) and is formed by steel sheets passed through rollers in a no-heat process. The resultant product is stronger than the original sheets. A zinc coating resists corrosion for hundreds of years. It is precision manufactured into sizes similar to its wood construction counterparts.This light gauge metal framing comes in a variety of thicknesses, sizes, shapes, and finishes.
Unlike wood, steel does not split, warp, or shrink. These properties result in lower construction costs, as there are reduced warranty returns, unlike damaged wood. There are no cracks to fix once the structure is complete. Waste is reduced, and the cost of hauling waste is reduced.
From the construction standpoint, steel framing weighs less than wood and easier to handle. It is a superior framing material. It is a “green” form of construction, as there is at least 5% recycled steel in its composition. While the steel itself may cost more initially, the savings in warranty callbacks, waste disposal, and insurance savings balance out and may result in a lower overall cost. Steel buildings can be designed with your specifications in mind.