Advantages of Buying a Prefab Residential Metal Building Package

  • Why would the informed new home purchaser choose one of the prefab Residential Metal Building Packages? The reasons are numerous. The construction and materials quality, a pleasing appearance or aesthetics, a healthy home environment, and the environmental impact are at the head of that list.

    Houses that are constructed using light gauge metal stud framing offer home-buyers one of the best strength to weight ratios of all construction materials. A metal framed home is stronger and lighter than a conventionally framed structure.

    Steel stud framing does not warp, twist, split, crack, or shrink as wood framing can and does. Walls that are built straight and square, stay straight and square. The metal framed home purchaser will also have fewer problems with nail popping and the subsequent repairs and redecorating required to fix the damage.

    A home using Panelized Metal Stud Framing has the added advantage of being prefabricated in a controlled factory-like environment. Quality control protocols ensure a high quality product. The panels are sent to your building site and erected in place speeding up the site erection time required.

    A metal stud framed home can be engineered to withstand the worst conditions that Mother Nature can throw at us. High seismic and wind loads are no problem for engineered steel stud framing.

    There have even been forensic studies done on homes on Oahu with steel stud framing showing that there was no visible sign of corrosion.



    Aesthetics has been identified as the second largest concern for most home buyers - How will my new home look?

    Metal stud framed homes can be decorated and finished just like any wood framed home.  Again, there are fewer problems caused by the wood framing twisting, cracking etc. as identified above.  Metal framed walls are installed straight, square and true and remain that way.



    The Healthy House Institute recommends metal framed buildings for good indoor air quality. Metal stud framing resists the growth of mould and mould spores that can lead to chronic illness. Pesticides and toxins are not required to protect the metal framing from termites and other vermin as may be the case in wood structures.

    Another health feature of a metal stud framed home is that the structure is non-combustible - a point of safety for any prospective purchaser. (This item may reduce your home insurance costs as well!)


    The Environment

    Metal stud framed homes offer buyers an environmentally friendly alternative to wood framing. There is little waste in a steel framed building when compared to a wood framed house. What little waste there may be is 100% recyclable. An average wood framed home has about 50 cubic feet of landfill waste while a steel framed home has about 1.5 cubic feet of RECYCLABLE waste (a considerable cost saving during construction). It would take about 25 old-growth trees to build a 2,500 square foot home. The same home framed in metal would take about 7 recycled automobiles.

    Steel framing materials contain an average of 67% recycled material - material that is therefore not taking up space in our shrinking landfills. Each year, there is about 60 million tons of steel scrap recycled which is more than paper, aluminum, glass and plastic combined.

    Doing your homework to find the manufacturer and builder that best suits your needs and desires is of course still required. As always, it's 'Buyer Beware'. However, the advantages of steel stud framing and shop fabrication/panelization will certainly make your decision easier.

    So, why should you buy a metal stud framed home? Take your pick of the many benefits above. No matter which benefits of prefab metal building kits are most important to you, I'm sure that you won't be disappointed.

    What to Do Next

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Put together a list of requirements for your new home.

Include your size and number of storeys.

Add any special details - windows, doors

Consider how the interior and exterior would be finished to best suit your needs

Decide on a short list of contractors/manufacturers/suppliers.

Get pricing from three prospective companies

Compare the proposals carefully

You are now well prepared to make the right decision and purchase your new metal framed home package.

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