Steel or wood, that is the question! When a company needs additional space to house employees or provide storage, the decision maker will wonder whether to go with a traditional wood frame or steel building contractor. For the most part, the pros and cons that these buildings have to offer depend mainly on what you plan on using the building for and where you are located. Pay a visit to for better understanding.

Steel also plays a huge role in the physical construction of a building. Compared to wood, for example, steel is extremely sturdy and generally has a much higher tolerance to harsh weather conditions, continual use, weight and force. Steel is maintenance free, no wood rot, no termites, no nails backing out, no cracking or splitting and no fire hazard. For those reasons, most insurance rates are less for an all steel building vs. wood frame.

Whether used internally or externally, steel doesn't need large amounts of sealants, polishes or paints to maintain both the durability and the appearance of it. Steel is also versatile. When considering the possibility of corrosion in your steel building, the interior and exterior environment is the key. When steel is in a dry, heated, interior environment the risk of corrosion is irrelevant and a protective coating may not be needed.

Steel buildings are far easier to maintain than wood-frame buildings and has a lot to offer in structural designs , but still must be properly maintained to offer long-lasting performance and avoid corrosion. Periodic cleanings and inspections are needed. I think it’s safe to say that steel has made a case for itself in the modern world of building and construction, and I believe it will only become of greater importance in construction processes moving forward.

Pre-engineered building manufacturers have developed pre-calculated tables for different structural elements in order to allow designers to select the most efficient I beams size for their projects. Rest assured, when you build with steel, you're building green.