Why are we steel talking about this?
Steel homes are popping up everywhere you look. Advancements to the design of this material makes it hard to recognize as the steel you are used to seeing in skyscrapers, barns and sheds only. Steel was actually introduced in the mid-1880s when architects gave it a whirl- over the traditional stone based structure. Over time, the cost and durability gave it such a good reputation, that it earned a name for itself as a building material more durable than any other material on the market. Skyscrapers, commercial buildings, and now personal residences are experiencing the benefits to building with steel and are loving it. Here are a few other reasons why (since the 1880s) we are steel talking about steel:
Show me the money
When we start looking to build to a home or add to an existing home, the first thing we take into consideration is price. On average a steel home costs roughly 30 percent cheaper than a traditional home. That figure does not take into consideration the low level of maintenance in the future as well; steel is often times a one-time cost. Being that steel is highly durable, it will rarely need any repairs or maintenance. Need we say more?
I think we are in Kansas still
Steel is impervious to many extreme weather conditions and is designed to survive the worst. After years of inspecting steel structures after storms researchers have discovered that properly constructed steel buildings can withstand wind forces of up to 150 miles per hour without incurring any damage to the exterior of the building. That would have done a world of difference for someone like Dorothy.
Bye bye buggy
Most animals find steel to be inhabitable. They simply just can’t build a home in there. Although the cat will be bored, steel provides extra protection from rats and pesky bugs and of course termites have no where to burrow. Mold and mildew have a difficult time finding a new home on your new steel home.
Your new home is made from 100 percent recycled materials, making it free from hazardous materials and (yay) eco-friendly. So go ahead and invite your environment loving friends over to show off. Have a yoga session outside and burn those candles too because the outer shell is flame retardant!
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Lackawanna Historical Society