No matter what kind of business you run, and no matter where you live, a quality building is vital. From personal to commercial use and everything in-between, there’s one name the nation trusts, time and time again, when it comes to delivering pre-engineered metal buildings and accessories.
MBMI Metal Buildings is a premier supplier in America; paying uncompromised attention to detail in all we do.
We’re writing this blog today to discuss the importance of metal buildings and their uses. When first considering the prospect, you may think: “That sounds expensive”. Sure, you may spend more on a pre-engineered steel building. However; you will save drastically on construction, maintenance and replacement costs in the long run.
Steel buildings have a wide range of uses – from storage to office buildings, barns and more. They are a growingly popular kind of building, offering a range of benefits that no wooden or brick structure can compete with. Steel buildings are nothing new and first gained popularity early in the 20th century. There are many different types out there – straight-walled, arch and clearspan.
The most prominent benefit is cost-effectiveness. Steel is the most affordable construction method around, needing little maintenance. Steel is also not vulnerable to common problems faced by wooden structures, such as termites and other pesky pests.
They’re also much more resilient to things like fire, wind, rain, snow and more – not to mention natural disasters. As the age-old adage goes: “You get what you pay for”. Paying less may seem more convenient now, but how much more will you need to spend on unforeseen costs in the future? It’s better to be safe than sorry.
When looking at steel buildings versus wooden ones, steel allows for easy upgrades later on. You can update or add to your structure with ease, including heating and air conditioning units.
If you want to get your building up and running without delay, pre-engineered metal buildings are the way to go. The speed of construction is unbeatable.
Flexibility and Versatility
Did you know that metal buildings can be designed to mimic wood or asphalt shingles? You can make it completely indistinguishable from other materials. For example, you can paint wall panels (in a range of colors) to create a “brick-work” look. You can also cover a steel frame with stone or synthetic materials. Imagine that – all the benefits of steel, with the look and feel people know and love. There’s no compromise – it’s the best of every world.
One of the most important things to note is that steel provides unbeatable strength – minus undesired bulkiness. Sure, stone is strong; but it’s also heavy and impractical for many types of buildings. Wood is also far too weak in many cases, prone to rotting which can send your maintenance bill skyrocketing. A steel building, on the other hand, can last for decades without a single problem. We can even apply certain specialized steel coatings to protect the surface from things like rust; thus, lengthening the lifespan of your building even further.
What’s more, steel is 100% recyclable
By choosing a metal building, you won’t only enjoy more flexibility, strength, and style. You’ll also be contributing to a better environment! If you want to obtain a LEED certification, sustainable construction is vital. Steel structures provide simpler insulation, lowering heating and cooling costs. Heat island effects can also be prevented with a “cool” or light roof design.
Building color and Energy Efficiency
Speaking of heating and cooling costs, did you know that effective color choices are a crucial factor in buildings? The color you choose can have a massive impact on insulation. For example, the most popular color choice for roofs is white or light-colored. Why? Because they provide unbeatable insulation in both summer and winter-time. Yes; your office building or home’s color can affect internal temperatures. It has an effect on the amount of heat (and cold air) that penetrates walls. By choosing a lighter color, you won’t just be more comfortable, but you’ll also reduce your energy bills seeing as you won’t be as reliant on heating/cooling systems inside.
Facts don’t lie
Darker colors can absorb 70-90% of the sun’s radiant energy, according to the Department of Energy’s “Controlling Your Home Naturally” report. From there, this energy can be transferred into the building. However, while dark buildings absorb sunlight, they give off heat equally. In other words, darker roofs are a far less effective insulator. Let’s say the external temperature is 95 degrees. If you have a dark roof, it will conduct a higher temperature; making rooms hotter and forcing your air-conditioner to work twice as hard. Think about it this way. If it’s hot outside, would you wear a light-colored shirt or a dark one? The answer is obvious, and it all comes down to science. Dark walls absorb more light, but reflect less, meaning more lighting is needed for rooms with dark walls than rooms with light walls. White reflects radiant energy back to the sun to be reabsorbed.
Let’s look at some statistics
A study was conducted in Florida, and it was found that homeowners saved 23%, on average, by increasing heat reflectivity. In fact, Lawrence Berkeley laboratory discovered that, by increasing roof reflectivity, metropolitan areas nationwide could save drastically on their energy costs. If a nationwide project was to ensure, America could save up to $10 billion on energy costs.
Steel trumps everything – every time.
At the end of the day, steel is the clear winner; as is a lighter-colored roof. MBMI Metal Buildings can assist you with everything in this regard to build a future-forward building that CAN and WILL stand the test of time.
Thanks for taking the time to read this article. If you want to discover more, or are interested in a competitive custom quote, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email at any time. Our in-house engineers are at the ready. As industry leaders in pre-engineered steel buildings, it’s not just our job to meet your expectations. It’s our duty to exceed them.