This past year has impacted the way many Americans shop, conduct business and socialize, and recent changes are also affecting nationwide construction and building trends. With publications ranging from Newsweek to MarketWatch touting surging lumber prices and limited availability, many consumers are turning to steel construction as a more rugged, low-maintenance and easy-to-source alternative.
Why Lumber Prices Are Surging
When much of the economy grinded to a halt back in March, lumber prices took a dive. Contractors hit pause on their construction projects from coast to coast, leaving lumber mills with an excess of their products. Foreseeing a decrease in demand, many of them scaled back or completely curtailed their operations.
What many lumber suppliers didn’t count on, though, is the fact that so many Americans would spend their time at home working on sheds, new work-at-home areas and other home-improvement projects. This led to an unanticipated surge in demand, and with so many lumber suppliers cutting back on production, wood has become increasingly hard to come by – and increasingly more expensive.
Once one of the more economical construction options, wood is now among the more costly. Lumber prices have continued to skyrocket in recent months, making steel buildings superior not only in terms of strength, durability and sustainability, but also in price.
Why Steel Is a Cut Above
When budget allows, steel is a far superior construction choice than wood. Why?
- It’s Lower Maintenance
Steel construction is inherently low maintenance, typically needing little more than an occasional power wash to maintain its aesthetic appeal through the years. Unlike wood, steel doesn’t warp, crack or rot over time, and it also isn’t subject to damage caused by termites or other pests.
- It Lasts Longer
Steel buildings often last substantially longer than wooden ones. In addition to the benefits outlined above, steel buildings also have lighter frames, which means a lower potential for cracks in the foundation.
- It Allows for More Space
Buyers also benefit from more usable cubic feet when they opt for steel construction. While wood buildings have trusses that obstruct some of a building’s interior, steel buildings typically have frames that follow the roof line, freeing up more usable interior space.
Why Sunward Steel Saves Money
While steel is currently easier to source than lumber, Sunward Steel offers additional cost savings for consumers. Being a direct manufacturer (rather than a broker) allows us to offer more competitive prices to our customers, as well as to our dealer network. So, rather than put a building project on hold until who knows when, consider a switch to steel and enjoy the superiority and low costs of ownership that come with doing so.
Senior Account Consultant
Sunward Steel Buildings, Inc.