The cost of steel continues to rise, is it time to revert to wood construction?
What is the difference in project cost for steel v. wood framing with a asphalt shingle roof.
I have heard that wood is more ‘green’ than steel. Is that true?
Steel is rising based on a weaker dollar and also because it is a green material. It is very costly to slope a roof with wood because with wood for a union contractor. You are not able to spread the load out with light weight strength. Example would be that wood requires a minimum of 24” center with 16” being much better. With steel you build out as far as 8’ to 12’ depending on loads and codes this is why most union contractors use steel. The weight of the wood then also becomes an issue.
The other issue that you need to consider is the Codes in your area. A metal system gives certain protections that you will not receive building with wood. I would also talk to your insurance agent to get quotes on the differences in premium between metal and wood structures.
You will probably pay more in insurance premiums for a facility built with wood. It increases the fire load and the likehood that a fire will spread more quickly. Wood construction “could” also make your facility less desirable from an insurance standpoint.