Frequently Asked Questions
Will my project look different than typical residential and commercial projects?
No. In fact, because of steel’s strength you can design your project with larger open spaces. With the Premium Steel Building System, the walls will remain straight and true and can be finished with the same materials traditionally used.
What about the environmental impact of steel construction vs. wood?
The overall recycling rate of the steel industry is 66%, the highest of any industry in the country, offering an environmentally sound home framing alternative. Steel framing scrap is a valuable commodity that should not end up in a landfill.
Can my project be energy efficient?
Yes. The Premium Steel Building System can be designed to meet or exceed governmental energy efficiency standards. In addition, by staying straight and true, the Premium Steel Building System helps prevent cracks due to shrinking or warping, thus preventing air leaks that result in costly loss of energy.
Will the steel frame interfere with portable radios, phones or TV reception?
No. Waves pass through the space between studs allowing the use of radios, phones, and television sets in your residential or commercial project.
What about lightning?
The steel frame offers the occupants of your project better protection than any other construction system. Scientists recommend seeking shelter in steel frame structures during lightning storms, because the steel frame provides a path to the ground reducing the likelihood of explosions, secondary fires or personal injury.
Will steel framing affect the indoor air quality?
No. Steel framing is recommended by The Healthy House Institute for chemically sensitive and environmentally conscious homeowners who seek good indoor air quality. The Premium Steel Building System does not need to be treated for termites and is free of resin adhesives and chemicals normally present in other construction materials.
How do I hang pictures in a Premium Steel Building System project?
As in a traditional framed project, depending on the weight of the picture, you can hang it from the drywall with toggle bolts or hangers. Heavier objects can be hung from screws directly into the studs, which can be easily found with a magnet.
Will I have to pay higher insurance premiums for my homeowners/commercial insurance?
No. As a matter of fact, because of steel’s excellent performance in earthquakes, and because it is not affected by termites and is non-combustible, homeowners may be able to save on insurance premiums.
Will I be able to sell my steel framed project?
Your home or commercial building will not look any different than your neighbor’s home or business and should sell just as easily. Because of steel’s high strength and durability your project should last and retain its value for a long time. In fact, if you take advantage of The Premium Steel Building System’s strength and flexibility by designing wide-open spaces, you will have additional selling features. In addition, the energy cost reduction can be passed on to the next owner.
Can I get technical support during my project?
Yes. Representatives of Premium Steel Building Systems are available to meet with the customer, architect and contractor to review technical details.