For the past few years, many myths and stories have been associated with steel buildings. Every myth, of course, has tiny truth to it but then marinated with plenty of false facts. Majority of these myths were fabricated from facts people assumed they know about metals combined with their knowledge of high school physics.
But then with the current advancements in technology in building systems, all these remain to be just misguided facts. These buildings are indeed constructed using steel combined with the best technological advancements in the construction industry. Below are some of the common myths you will hear about steel buildings:
1. The steel buildings are cheap and weak
This is one of the most ignorant facts. There are many skyscrapers in many cities that are built with steel. Not to mention the advanced construction techniques used make steel buildings to be one of the strongest buildings. The building systems are pre-engineered, and the steel used in the construction is usually fabricated, galvanized and of high quality. The steel is also fitted so that it has optimal strength hence meet and surpass the building code requirements set by all local authorities.
2. The buildings aren’t energy efficient
During the summer season, your metallic garden shade will be very hot. The same logic doesn’t apply when it comes to the metal buildings. Steel buildings have cool roofs and proper insulation to make sure energy use during heat distribution is done efficiently and cost-effective. This means that the interior temperature of steel buildings is more comfortable compared to houses that have wood frames. The cool roofs are usually fitted with infrared pigments which have the ability to reflect the heat from the sun hence fewer heats I built up in the rooftop.
3. They are noisy
When it rains you will assume that the steel buildings will have more noise or making a sound in the building will mean that the sound will echo back. You can also suffer from these two scenarios if the building is not insulated. Foam or a type of fiberglass is used on the roof to make sure any sound is deadened. While for the echo, the walls tend to be finished with coverings like drywall so that there is no echo.
4. Lightning strikes
Many people think that steel buildings are more prone to lightning strikes during storms or heavy rains. This is another myth derived from high school physics, which states that metal is a good conductor of electricity. What most people forget is that metal is a good conductor to earth electricity. In the case of lightning, the energy from the lighting will be carefully spread over the roof and the channeled to the earth. This means during a storm you are much safer in a steel building compared to other buildings.
5. Unsafe with electricity
Our final myth is about steel buildings being very unsafe when exposed to live electrical wires. The same precautions taken with regards to lightning is the same that is taken when live electricity wires are involved. The steel buildings are constructed so that the electricity is carefully channeled to the ground using the frames of the buildings. The other thing is that all modern buildings these days are required by law to be fitted with GFI (ground fault interrupt) circuits and outlets.
There are other myths that we haven’t covered and we will definitely look at them in the near future. But the obvious fact is that steel buildings are the new and safest buildings for us.