The misconception has been around
for many years. It originated years ago 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 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 materials and a very expensive
structure. Given these two reasons one can see where the misconception
arose that steel frame homes and steel geodesic structures were much more expensive than wood . But this is no longer the case.
Over the years, as you may have noticed, 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 wood prices creep ever closer to the price of steel offering consumers a viable choice for the type framing to use in their
geodesic structures. Furthermore, steel greatly outperforms wood in building construction and its quality, there are many benefits a steel frame
structure offers the home owner. Since wood prices fluctuate often, many times daily, 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
light gauge 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.
Steel vs Wood Construction