When the time comes to construct an agricultural building, you’ll need something dependable, weather-resistant, durable and strong. Low-maintenance structures are best, because this gives you more time to focus on the care of your property.
The type of material you choose for your outdoor structure will have a big impact on its functionality. Whether it’s a shed, barn or a silo for crops, it’s important to choose wisely.
When doing research, you’ll encounter some buildings made of timber and some buildings made of steel. Here’s what you need to know about steel buildings.
Metal is Stronger
Metal frame buildings have a strength-to-weight ratio that is much greater than timber. This means your steel frame building is stronger than a timber frame, and is capable of supporting greater weight. This is crucial if you live in an area where heavy snows can topple buildings.
Pests can be a problem for buildings made of wood. Insects like termites and carpenter ants can wreak havoc on wooden structures, if they’re not properly maintained. Building owners may spend hundreds of hours scraping and then painting their wooden structures, to protect the wood from rot and moisture.
Steel does not require this level of care, and because it’s not a source of food for insects, steel buildings stand strong even after years of exposure to the elements.
If you live in an area where wildfires are a common problem, then you’ll naturally be drawn to anything that doesn’t burn. Wooden structures will fuel forest fires, and when the fire is over, most wooden structures will not be left standing.
Metal buildings are much less vulnerable to wildfires. If your property is in danger from wild fires, all of your agricultural buildings should be made of non-combustible material. With luck, your metal building will still be standing when the fire is finished.
Steel can be re-used and even recycled. In fact, very little steel ever ends up in landfills. If sustainability and going green are your priorities, then a prefab metal building is the right choice for you.
Contact SteelCo Buildings
At SteelCo Buildings, we create prefabricated metal buildings for agricultural operations and a variety of commercial and residential purposes. To find out more about why a metal building is the right choice for you, contact SteelCo today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you place an order.