When you live and work in a region that is at a high risk of severe weather conditions, designing and constructing buildings that can withstand thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowfall, heavy flooding, and extreme temperatures is a necessity.
Although any part of the country can experience severe weather of one sort or another, residents of the southeastern United States, especially the states along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida, regularly experience the destructive forces of all of these natural phenomena, and thus face the biggest risk of costly property damage, total loss of property, or displacement.
Studies have shown that severe weather and its consequences have steadily increased over the last several decades, and that trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. The importance of utilizing strong and durable building materials like steel in the Southeast and other areas has never been greater.
Extreme Weather Is On The Rise
Many scientists and government organizations blame the increase in severe weather and natural disasters on the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere. Although the causes of climate change, or global warming, are still highly controversial, few older people would dispute that the weather has changed over the course of their lifetimes.
The U.S. National Climate Assessment has researched and documented the increase in severe weather of all types and the natural disasters caused by them over the last few decades, causing loss of human life and billions of dollars in damages. The U.S. government, individual states and cities, and private companies have taken the initiative to prepare for more of the same.
One of the key provisions of their planning is the construction of more resilient buildings and infrastructure. Businesses and individuals who are launching new construction projects would be wise to follow their example by choosing strong building materials like steel.
The Advantages Of Steel Building Construction
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, engineers began looking at ways to design steel buildings capable of resisting the high winds and torrential rains caused by hurricanes and tornadoes. New structural designs that focused on reinforcing the most vulnerable areas of a building were developed, and the result is that steel buildings capable of withstanding gale forces of as much as 170 mph are available. Prefabricated steel buildings are often the only ones left standing after a storm. They are also invulnerable to mold or insect damage. They are strong and durable, easy to build and maintain, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly. And they can be adapted to almost any purpose.
If you’re planning to build in one of the southeastern states, you need to be prepared for the inevitable bad weather in order to protect your property and investment. SteelCo Buildings specializes in affordable steel construction for any need. Contact us today for a free estimate.