Historically, steel building frames were primarily used in commercial construction and mostly overlooked in residential home construction. But times have changed now that builders and homeowners have finally realized that the durability and safety advantages of structural steel make it one of the smartest choices for your home’s framing material.
Often used in modern homes that incorporate plenty of glass—such as sliding doors or glass wall systems—steel post and beam construction creates a solid framing that supports and protects your home for a lifetime. Here at Mangum Builders, we’ve got years of experience under our belts working with steel foundations for homeowners like you—in fact, we use steel home construction in two-thirds of the homes we build today.
The Benefits of Steel Home Construction
So why is steel construction for residential homes such a winning choice?
One of the most important factors of your home’s building type is how well it stands up over time. Unlike traditional wood framing, steel doesn’t warp or expand, so your home’s framing is permanent and impenetrable. Steel is also more resilient to water damage, since it doesn’t rot or decay and is extremely mold resistant. And unlike stick construction, which is a haven for termites, carpenter ants, and other wood-feeding insects, steel is insect resistant.
Protection from the Elements
There’s good reason why steel is so often used in the building of storm shelters and airplane hangar buildings. Steel construction offers unrivaled protection from the elements—even during the harshest natural disasters. Steel frames can withstand magnitude-9 earthquakes and wind speeds of more than 150 miles per hour. They’re incredibly safe for violent storms, too, because the steel framing is grounded directly into the earth, which renders the frame of the house like a lightning rod, safely discharging the current of a lightning strike into the ground.
What’s more, steel is also a winning choice for protection against fires. Unlike wood, which allows a fire to spread, steel contains the fire, which makes it the safest material in the event of a home fire.
Quicker Construction Time
An often overlooked advantage of a steel home is how quick and convenient it makes the homebuilding process. Because it’s engineered at a plant, it’s quicker to distribute and build. Because steel framing is delivered ready to assemble, it can often be built within days or weeks rather than months.
Because steel is a better conductor than other framing materials, it provides better insulation for your home, keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. A light-colored metal roof or exterior will even reflect the sun, keeping your home as cool as possible during a blazing Austin summer.
If you’re looking for a builder of steel construction residential homes, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Mangum Builders, we’ve got 26 years of experience building elegant homes that last a lifetime, and we’d be happy to help build the kind of place you’ll be proud to call home.
“The homes built in the last 30 years were built with the best of intentions, but technology has changed and so have the styles popular today. ”