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- General Benefits
Most cost-effective mid-rise structural material.
Shorter and predictable construction schedule.
Highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material.
68% industry recycling rate.
Non-combustible – does not burn nor contribute fuel to the spread of a fire.
Inorganic – will not rot, warp, split, crack or creep.
Dimensionally stable – does not expand or contract with moisture content.
Consistent material quality – produced in strict accordance with national standards, no regional variations.
- Benefits to the Builder
Substantial discounts on builders’ risk insurance.
Lighter than other framing materials.
Easy material selection – no need to cull or sort the pile and small punch list.
Saves job-site time with ease of panelization off-site.
Straight walls and square corners.
Windows and doors open and close as they should.
Less scrap and waste (2% for steel vs. 20% for lumber).
Price stability – price spikes are extremely rare.
Consumer perceives steel as better.