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Monday 31st of March 2014
Advantages of Steel Framed Farm Buildings
Graham Heath Construction talks about the advantages of Steel Framed Farm Buildings ahead of the Agricultural Buildings Show on 3rd April at Lincoln Showground (see www.farm-smart.co.uk/abs/ for ticket details and further information).
The UK’s recent bad weather has proved a powerful reminder of the importance of having strong and durable outdoor buildings, says the company. The key to ensuring your farm buildings are economically viable and long lasting remains in choosing high quality materials that can resist threats to its longevity.
Often appearing in residential structures, steel framed buildings are being used more commonly in industrial and agricultural buildings.
The advantages of using steel to construct buildings are numerous, the company explains. Touted as a ‘green’ construction material, steel doesn’t emit any toxic chemicals and doesn’t cause any environmental damage. Furthermore, to farmers looking for clever, bespoke structures, steel is easily manipulated and amenable to almost any design.
Perhaps most significantly, as steel is an inorganic material, buildings constructed with it are resistant to mould. Mould requires moisture and oxygen to survive, searching for a damp space from which to draw nutrients, digesting carpet, wood or paper before taking hold of its surroundings. As steel doesn’t hold moisture and features primarily in constructions that are tightly built using bolts and screws it doesn’t provide any of the qualities necessary to support fungus, mould, mildew or other microorganisms.
Not only is steel easily installed without much equipment, as it does not disintegrate or distort, buildings made from this material resist damage, require less maintenance and last a long time.
Whilst there are many companies happy to provide you with a quote and then supply and build your steel structures, relative to its benefits steel is actually one of the more cost-effective materials available on the market, the company says. Steel can also help reduce energy bills. An excellent conductor of heat, steel buildings are usually very warm, especially in winter, making them great for combating the traditional stereotype of the draughty farm shed!