What Are the Advantages of Using Steel in House Building?


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The advantages of using steel in construction include its strength, environmental friendliness, lower insurance premiums, design flexibility and recyclability. Other advantages of steel include energy-efficiency, durability, and resistance to water, fire and insect damage.

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Because steel meets the strictest seismic and wind standards found in construction codes, steel-framed homes can withstand earthquakes and hurricanes. Steel is also not combustible, and water cannot rot it. Steel does not warp, shrink or twist over time due to continued exposure to harsh weather. Due to its resistance to wind, fire, earthquake and insect damage, insurance premiums for steel-framed buildings are much lower. Finally, steel-framed homes do not contribute to the loss of habitat that results from felling of forests.

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