Commercial buildings are built on a larger scale than residential buildings. Historically, steel buildings have been more expensive to construct because of the low cost of lumber. In recent years however, the cost of lumber has skyrocketed due to supply chain constraints. Division 9 Commercial Construction can construct either a steel frame or wooden frame commercial frame building. Our experienced contractors can provide an estimate for both types of framing to give you an idea of the price difference.
Benefits of Steel Framing
Steel framed buildings have several advantages over wood framing. Previously, steel buildings were more expensive to construct so the advantages had to be weighed against the costs. With the higher cost of lumber, steel is no longer the more expensive option, so it should be taken into consideration in the construction of a new commercial building. Some of the benefits of steel framing include:
- Durable Material
Steel framing is much more durable than wood framing. Wood framing tends to warp or rot, depending on the local climate. Areas with high winds, hurricanes, or tornadoes will benefit from steel buildings. High winds are known for racking a wood-framed building, which has several negative impacts on its structural integrity.
- Low Maintenance
Once your building is complete, we want you to be 100% satisfied with your steel frame building. Steel framing is extremely low maintenance compared to wood framing. There is no fear of sustaining termite or moisture damage with a steel framed building.
- Fireproof Framing
Steel framing can withstand the average temperature of a building fire. In the event of a building fire, steel frames will not catch fire or melt. This increases the safety of your employees, as well as protecting your valuable business assets.
Contact Us for a Free Estimate
The increasing costs of lumber are making it more cost-efficient than ever to construct a steel-framed commercial building. If you are unsure of which type of framing works best for your commercial building, please contact our contractors at Division 9 Commercial Construction. We can provide you an estimate for either type of framing, as well as discuss the pros and cons of proceeding with a steel-framed building. Please contact our office at 800-991-4121 to speak with one of our contractors.