Is insurance cheaper for a steel building? Absolutely. In fact, metal structures present one of the best options for your budget in many ways. You’ll save in term of initial costs and long-term value. Looks are changing too. You’ll be hard-pressed to notice the difference between your steel structure and one constructed from traditional materials, but your insurance company will. Enjoy the savings that come with your building being impervious to the leading causes of property damage.
Lower Risks for Worker Injury Lead to Lower Costs During Construction
The process of putting together a steel building is notably faster than for those made with other materials. Fewer people are required for the job too. Not only does this result in big savings in labor but in insurance coverage, too. Smaller crews pay less for liability insurance, and lower overhead lends itself to a smaller price per job. Or rather, it should. This is a point you can use to negotiate better pricing with your contractor.
Lower Risks for Damage Lead to Lower Insurance Coverage
Insurance policies fluctuate in price based on many factors, including a structure’s location, age, risk of theft or damage, and value. Whether you have a cash value or replacement policy, you’ll find your rates are less for a metal structure. Why? Simply, they’ll cost less to replace than properties made from wood or stone, and they present a much lower risk when it comes to ordinary damages.
According to insurance leaders, the top reasons for residential damage claims are:
- Heavy winds
- Ice and snow loads
Also, the average cost for termite damage every year is $3000 per home. Those costs may or may not impact insurance rates, depending upon the type of policy you carry.
When you go through each of the major dangers a typical Georgia structure faces, it becomes clear you manage many of those risks by building with steel.
Metal Roofs Typically Enjoy Class IV level UL 2218 Impact Resistance Testing
Metal roofs typically enjoy Class IV level UL 2218 Impact Resistance testing. They have the strength and resistance to withstand hail without pocking and without the type of damage that poses a risk to other areas of your building. They also don’t lose resistance over time like other types of roofing. You can trust your metal roof to look good and perform well for decades.
Peak Steel’s buildings are also designed to withstand heavy winds. We use 100-percent red-iron steel beams known to resist winds traveling up to 170 mph. If you live in an area especially prone to harsh conditions, we can work together to make sure your structure is reinforced against damage. Speak to one of our sales professionals about our earlier buildings that have stood up to the very worst Georgia weather.
Also, our buildings are resistant to water damage. Unlike wooden structures or low-grade steel beams, our materials won’t rot in excessively moist conditions. You won’t have to deal with dangerous mold taking over your structure either. And because you’re dealing with a metal roof, you’ll have fewer worries about water leaks during storms.
Steel Buildings Decrease the Risks of Fire and Natural Disaster Damage
Fire is a major worry for most home and business owners, and by all means, you should ensure you have the appropriate smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in place. Your family or employees need to have a plan in case a fire breaks out indoors to get to safety. That said, the statistics don’t lie. You’re much less likely to have a fire in a steel building, and the walls and roofing of your structure aren’t combustible. Not only does this limit your structure’s losses during a fire, but it also makes it much less likely for a fire to spread.
Finally, there’s snow and ice. Here in Georgia, this isn’t a major concern for obvious reasons. When there is frozen precipitation, it’s rarely enough to remain on the roof, let alone create load concerns. What about customers who want to build in other areas? Peak Steel buildings are built strong enough to withstand more ice and snow than you’ll probably ever see. Still, we do have features useful in helpful in preventing ice and snow from building up on a roof. Talk to one of our experts about these or any other special concerns.
Insurance companies understand how resistant metal buildings are to the biggest risks to homes and businesses. If your policy covers termite or other pest damage, your savings should be that much greater. If they aren’t, knowing the above provides you with plenty of bargaining power.
Is insurance cheaper for a steel building? It will be if your agent knows what he or she is doing. Plus, you have several reasons to ask for lower rates. Find out more about these benefits and the other advantages of building with steel by calling Peak Steel Buildings at 844-333-PEAK or 706-342-9795.