Living in Steel or Metal Buildings?

by AmyM 9. September 2013 09:25

When most people think of steel buildings, they often assume the buildings will be used for storage or for keeping a car, RV, or boat protected from the elements. But there is something interesting people are using their steel buildings for: their homes.

Yes, you read correctly: using steel or metal buildings to live in.

While not your conventional home or building materials, homeowners and builders have used steel or metal buildings to create livable residential homes. Because these steel or metal buildings can feature windows, doors, and electric hookups, homeowners who decide to use a steel building for their home can design a pretty great place to live that offers many benefits.

Some of the benefits to using a steel or metal building for a home are that the materials for the house’s frame aren’t susceptible to as many problems as traditional building materials. For example, you won’t need to worry about termites; the steel won’t rot or split like wood; and the steel will resist mold better than traditional materials. Furthermore, the steel is fire resistant and the framing comes with a 20-year rust free warranty.

Another benefit is that the steel building portion of the home is relatively quick to assemble. Plus, with the way that most steel buildings are constructed, it will allow for you to have a very open floor plan.

One important item to consider before choosing to live in a metal or steel building is that you ensure the building allows for proper insulation. This will help ensure the building doesn’t get too warm in the summer months and too cool in the winter. Also take some time to consider the type of material you want to use for the roofing. Rain on a steel roof will surely get noisy after a while.

If you still aren’t sure whether a metal or steel building would be comfortable to live in, there are plenty of examples to reference online to help kickstart your imagination. (For example, this site has some great photos.) With all of the roofing and sizing options steel buildings have to offer, you can help create the perfect steel or metal building for your family to live in.  

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