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    Sligo, PA 16255

When building a commercial facility, which type of construction is better: wood frame construction or steel frame construction? Traditional wood frame construction has a lot of merits and so does pre-fab metal buildings (or steel frame construction.) The answer depends on your unique combination of needs, requirements and preferences. To decide, it helps to consider how these two common construction methods compare in different situations.

Metal Framed Buildings vs. Wood Frame Construction

With regard to appearance, wood has an unshakable appeal. Wood frame buildings offer not only time-tested natural beauty but also a welcome, reliable familiarity. However, pre-fab steel frame buildings (or prefabricated buildings) shouldn’t be dismissed on looks alone. After all, a structure with steel framing construction can be designed to mimic virtually any aesthetic. Features like brick facades, wood veneers or vinyl sidings can transform a building’s appearance.

Both wood frame construction and steel framing construction can be used to craft a wide array of floorplans for commercial buildings. Either material can be an excellent choice for commercial entities that want a structure customized for their production needs. However, when there’s a desire for uninterrupted space, steel frame construction has the edge. Its strength allows builders to span greater distances without the interruption of supports.

With proper care, a wooden frame structure can endure for centuries. Still, a certain amount of upkeep is a must to safeguard against insect damage, rot and other hazards. On the other hand, a commercial steel building has inherent strength that allows it to stand the test of time. As a bonus, steel frame construction has natural durability which means that it can do so with less routine maintenance. It’s also noncombustible, so the destructive power of fire is less of a threat to steel construction.

In commercial construction, time is money. Any additional time and labor are likely to add to the total price tag of a commercial building. A wood frame construction project can produce tremendous results. However, it requires a significant time investment from skilled laborers working onsite. It also demands a careful evaluation of all materials since lumber is a natural product that can be inconsistent in quality. Steel is a man-made product with an enviable consistency, and it lends itself well to prefabrication. A pre-engineered metal building can save time and reduce labor costs. In fact, using a pre-fab metal building can cut your construction time cycle by about 30 percent.

Material Cost
While it depends on the specifics of your project, opting for wood beam construction when building a new facility can keep your initial material costs lower. Building a steel frame commercial building construction generally leads to higher material costs, but the reduced need for maintenance can often make up for the difference over the structure’s lifetime.

CBF Contractor is proud to offer STAR Steel Buildings.  As a leading steel building contractor with more than 40 years of experience in commercial and industrial construction, CBF Contracting Inc. understands how to blend planning, people, products and services to deliver high-quality results. Whether you are searching for a trusted general contractor or a design build contractor, CBF Contracting Inc., is ready to assist you with all your commercial construction needs. Contact us at 814-745-3000 today to learn more about our services or request an estimate.

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