Structural steel or wood framing is not your only option, in many cases
it is an inferior option.
At a project's inception, Spherical Design Engineers work with builders
and homeowners who seek experienced insights into light gauge steel construction methods. Ways to build, lighter, stronger, safer
buildings, fire-rated, termite-resistant and built to last.
Termites do more damage to homes
each year than any other natural disasters. There are many benefits
a steel frame home offers the homeowner. Lower total costs in higher
res when they build with light gauge steel. The material's
higher strength contributes to safer structures that require less
maintenance and last longer.
- Fire proof
- Not susceptible to fungus and mold
- Lower weight reduces risk
of foundation movement
- Stronger connections resist earthquake movements
and high winds
- Will not rot or rust
- Less expensive for home owner's
- Higher re-sale value
- Lighter weight means easier handling
and less stress on foundations, cranes and workers
- Consistent dimensions
means there's no need to shim walls and adjust for bows
- Straight walls
and square corners mean windows and doors open and close as they should
- Less scrap and waste (2% for steel vs. 20% for lumber)
- Green positioning
and structural advantages strengthen your image in the eyes of the
- Lower builder's risk insurance costs
- Slash the size of your
punch list with consistent framing and decking:
There's nothing like experience
in the field to make someone appreciate the importance of proper design
and engineering in the office. Our design engineers have manufactured and built light
gauge steel structures, so when they design a structure they're doing
it with a full appreciation of how it will go up on site.
The design and engineering of Light Gauge Steel structures is a job for trained professionals. Not all engineers know how to design with this material properly.
Our design engineers are among the nation's most experienced experts in light gauge steel framing and construction. We keep up with the latest designs, engineering and fabricating procedures to ensure your buildings are safe and efficient. We have our own software that incorporates the latest building and light gauge steel framing codes to fully analyze your project.
Construction labor can make a big difference in your project costs. At Spherical Design Engineers we follow a systems approach. We design integrated systems that support one another.
Instead of putting off work to the site crew, Spherical Design Engineers structures are in sizes, that allow for easy more efficient transportation and installation.
It is common for other manufactures to design structures that require cranes and other bracing on the job site. This practice significantly jacks up field labor and reduces safety. Do you really want people doing any more work than they have to, 20 feet off the ground, where work is most risky and inefficient?
Steel vs. Wood construction cost
The misconception has been around for many years. It originated for many reasons. First,
the quality of lumber was much better than it is today and it was much cheaper. Second,
wood framers who attempted to build steel frame homes with no knowledge as to the
structural strength of light gauge steel used an enormous amount of steel in their homes that was unnecessary.
Not understanding how strong steel is, they built their homes the same way they would with wood. The result was an enormous waste of material and a very expensive
structure. Given these two reasons, one can see where the misconception
arose that steel frame homes are more expensive than wood . But this is no longer the case.
Over the years, the cost of lumber has grown greatly while the quality of lumber has reduced significantly. Due to both the dwindling resource of first growth large trees used for quality wood studs and the environmental movement, which is limiting the availability of forests to timber, wood prices skyrocket while the quality of wood dwindles. Steel prices on the other hand remain mostly consistent.
The result is that construction prices are closer to the price of steel offering consumers a viable choice for the type framing to use in their homes. Furthermore, steel greatly outperforms wood in building construction and its
quality. Since wood prices fluctuate often, while steel prices remain consistent, an actual price difference is difficult to determine. But the difference in price should never be great. Given the performance and quality of a steel frame home, it is a better LONG TERM VALUE for the consumers money than purchasing an inferior lower quality wood frame structure. In regards of value a steel frame home is a good deal.