The Rise of Metal Building Homes
While modular homes and housing developments may be great options for some homebuyers, metal building homes are growing in popularity across the nation due to many benefits including cost savings, durability and the ability to custom design steel houses without a costly architect. For younger homeowners seeking to save money while still making a longstanding investment in their property, metal houses may be the most logical option.
Pros and Cons of Metal Houses
Explore this quick list of why or why you may not want use one of our metal buildings as a home and then we will further investigate the benefits of metal building homes.
Pros: Steel Homes
- Engineered specifically for your location and climate conditions
- Metal is a non-combustible material which results in lower insurance costs
End walls are simple to expand in the future for more SQFT
Cons: Steel Homes
- Additional investment if you don’t want metal sheeting on walls
- Can be more difficult to gain an approval through an HOA board or building department
- Metal roofs may not be the look you want
Pros: Traditional Homes
- If you hire an engineer the house can be designed for your locale
- Wood built homes can be easier to get approved by local municipalities
Also easy to expand square footage in the future
Cons: Traditional Homes
- Wood is not as durable and can be susceptible to pests and fire
- Increased cost for architect and engineer in order to custom design
A structural components, sheeting, roof and paint are not warrantied
As you can see, with just a quick consideration, the benefits of building your home out of steel outweigh the benefits of traditional wood construction. Lets take a more in depth tour of why so many people are now considering metal when it comes to home ownership.
Short and Long Term Affordability of Metal Houses
The costs involved in hiring an architect and engineer are the primary reasons why more people don’t design and build their own homes. In turn, rather than personally planning out the footprint of their home, new homeowners settle for choosing from one of three countertop choices and door hardware.
Metal Building Warranties
General Steel building warranties include an industry leading 50 year structural warranty, 40 year paint warranty and 20 year standing seam roof warranty. You would be hard-pressed to find similar guarantees if you decided to purchase or build a new home made out of traditional building materials.
Insurance for Steel Buildings
Insurance generally costs less for metal buildings than it costs to insure a traditional home. This is because metal is a non-combustible material, meaning it can withstand fire leading to lower insurance costs. Not to mention, steel buildings are known for withstanding some of the most powerful storms including the wind forces unleashed by Hurricane Katrina.
Custom Designing Your Metal Home
Steel building homes can be fully customized, loaded, and designed according to the preferences of the homeowner. With traditional wood housing developments and modular homes, you have less room for personalization, as the design is mostly up to the developer or architect. Steel houses, on the other hand, allow you to control the dimensions, placement, and features of each room in your home and the best part is, metal homes can be designed to look like a traditional home.
Home Designs by General Steel
For homeowners that would like ownership of the layout and design, pre-engineered steel is a perfect construction method. Rooms can be situated to fit your ideal layout, giving you total control and providing a truly immersive home to suit your family.
Customizing the Layout
As you can see in the example floor plans below, you can start with any ordinary metal building footprint, even a size found on our steel building specials page and place your rooms exactly how you like.
Customizing the Interior and Exterior
Metal homes can be fully customized with metal building components just like a more traditional home. They come in a variety of colors, styles and basic layouts. From there, the sky’s the limit. General Steel will work with you to get the best use of the space, ensuring your home is where your heart is.
Consider Your Long Term Building Plans
As you plan your home on your property, it’s a good idea to consider your future building plans. If you plan to expand your home in the future, it’s most cost efficient to expand your building wider than it is to add to the length. You may also want to consider adding one of our detached metal garages, which can increase your home value as much as 13%.
Benefits of Prefab Metal Houses
Lets recap why so many future homeowners are turning to prefab metal buildings for their residence.
Metal building homes are the future of affordable, reliable, and customizable residencies. Whether you’re buying your first home, investing in a vacation property, or looking for a flexible home for your growing family, metal homes can offer you everything you need for your next space.
Consumers have searched for alternatives to traditional construction over the past several decades, and homebuyers are no exception. Steel has evolved into a desirable residential space not only due to affordability, but also due to ease of expansion and lower insurance costs.