The future of construction is in steel buildings design, and this is more apparent in the residential construction industry than anywhere else. You only have to look at some of the latest designs in the field of residential construction to realize that steel is taking off in a big way.

As feasible a building material as steel might be, there are some factors that can affect its suitability for your planned applications. If you are planning to use steel as a primary building material for your next project, an awareness of these factors is absolutely essential.

Strength is one of the most important qualities of steel, but it is its strength-to-weight ratio that is actually more important from a construction standpoint. Because steel has a much higher strength-to-weight ratio than most other types of common building materials–such as wood, for example–it allows for the construction of buildings and building features that would be impossible with other types of building materials. Constructing wide spans without the need for support beams is possible for instance, and this can open up numerous new design possibilities for residential buildings. If traditional materials aren't cutting it for your design plans, steel might be a feasible alternative.

Because of steel’s inherent properties, any structures that utilize it to a considerable degree will last much longer than structures made of wood or concrete. They will also require much less repair and maintenance over their lifetimes. Steel buildings may cost more–or less–than other materials, but the durability will definitely pay off in the long run. Even if you pay more for the structure at the outset, the reduced costs associated with lower repair and maintenance costs will still make steel buildings a more cost-effective option.

One of the most important things you have to consider is that steel buildings have unique insulation and ventilation demands. Because steel conducts heat and cold so efficiently, traditional heating and air-conditioning system are much less effective than they would be in other types of structures. For residential purposes therefore, you will have to make allowances for the unique demands for heating and cooling imposed by steel building design.