Storm Preparedness - Steel Buildings Offer Advantages Over Conventional Buildings

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Citizens never know when the natural disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes will strike, so it is important to be prepared at all times to face them. Steel Buildings are the answers for the commercial developers who wish to start new business or expand their business more to get most out of their investments. Commercial steel buildings are made of high quality steel and they offer quality, durability, and economy that cannot be matched with the traditional cement and brick buildings.

Last year, on Monday, August 29, 2005 at 6:10 AM CDT, the Hurricane Katrina devastated Americans. People became homeless and many lives were lost, but some people in Mississippi and Lumberton who had taken refuge in T&M video centre survived as the centre was a steel building.

Apart from being saved from natural disasters, steel buildings also offer other advantages and applications because the commercial steel building manufacturers have created prefabricated systems which offer a wide range of applications. Some of these applications are:

  •     Steel buildings are used for making storage facilities.
  •     Steel buildings are used in making aircraft hangers.
  •     Steel is employed to make small toll booths and vending machine shelters.
  •     Steel is also employed in making large structures like barns and agricultural facilities, workshops, sports facilities.
  •     Steel is also employed in making retail centers.
  •     Steel buildings are used for sports arenas.

Advantages of steel buildings

  •     They are made much faster than the buildings made out of another material.
  •     They cost less than the other buildings.
  •     They are light in weight.
  •     They are easier to maintain.
  •     They carry reduced risk of fire.
  •     Steel buildings are environmentally sound as steel is 66% reusable hence it is cost effective too. A 2000 sq ft building requires almost 50 trees of wood but a building made out of steel would only require scrap of only 6 automobiles.
  •     The most important advantage of steel building is that it can withstand unfavorable weather conditions like hurricanes, high winds, heavy snow and even earthquakes.
  •     They are resistant to termites, creeping, cracks, splitting and rotting hence they are durable.
  •     Due to the less maintenance, the steel buildings reduce the cost of insurance as well.
  •     Steel buildings are energy efficient.
  •     They can also be covered with traditional building material like bricks, cement etc hence they can be given a conventional look too.

Owing to all the advantages of steel buildings the modern technologies have been employed in making steel buildings for making better designs and fabrication.


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Tiffany Cherry (Staff Reporter)
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