Generally, standard kit homes are made from good old timber chemically treated against attacks from termites and mold. Although timber can also withstand the wear and tear of wood through different seasons, this material still remain vulnerable to fire. In contrast, steel frame kit homes are specifically made of steel trusses and wall frames. Because of the material, these homes rarely need maintenance check-ups and repairs. Other advantages to building steel frame houses are expanded in detail in the following discussion.
Steel Frame Buildings as Warehouses for Business
Steel frame kit homes can be used as commercial buildings, such as warehouses to store perishable goods. Wooden frame kit houses also work fine as storage areas, but they’re prone to termites and mold, not to mention a favored nesting place by birds and mice. If you’ve got food in there, then you’d be greatly concerned with the possibility these animals might invade your space any time and steal your goods. As a result, your business gets compromised and you have to spend money on repairs in case the mice gnawed holes or the rafters, walls, and foundation needed another round of anti-termite treatment.
Steel Frame Homes as Secondary Dwellings
These types of kit homes may be constructed as secondary dwellings, such as storage sheds for an extra pantry space or for chopped wood, or as storm shelters. According to expert builders, steel frame structures are more well-grounded and durable than timber frame buildings. Homes built with steel in their trusses, rafters, and frames aren’t likely to buckle, divide, distort, rotate, chink, rot or splinter because of climate changes or an incoming storm. Actually, the material is resistant to corrosion, and so, it won’t worsen and age as fast as wood and not in the same way as timber frame houses do.
Reduced Costs in Construction of Steel Frame Houses
Kit homes made of timber often need the hand of professional builders because of the measuring and refining of fittings. In comparison, steel frames are made to make it easy for owner-builders to assemble their house or shed. Whether they use their new building for commerce or for shelter, these kit homes don’t need extra labor during construction. And so, owners may save up to $35,000 in labor costs alone. In addition, they may save further maintenance costs by around $60,000 or more depending on the number of repairs done and the termite treatments needed every six months.