Steel industry trends have come a long way since the late 1800s when steel was an expensive material only used in small items like swords, knives, and armor. In those days, wrought iron or cast iron was the primary material of large metal structures, because it was cost effective and relatively easy to produce. Today, steel is one of the most affordable building materials available and is far stronger than iron. That means you will see steel buildings and structures nearly everywhere you turn in 2017.
How will these industry trends impact the way you use steel for your business or home? Let’s take a look at the steel industry trends you need to know for this year.
Trend #1: New and Improved Steel Construction
New and improved steel construction means you will continue to see more and more steel buildings going up for both residential and commercial purposes in 2017. Steel buildings are more durable than ever as builders have found innovative ways to enhance construction to meet the rising demand for high-quality and low-maintenance buildings.
You may remember there was a time not so long ago when few people would even consider steel for residential, and it wasn’t a top choice for commercial either. However, today’s steel buildings are emerging as an affordable option for both families who might not otherwise be able to build a new home and business owners who need durable, affordable building options.
Steel building construction can include as many features and special touches as any of the more traditional building structures—from skylights and door selections to colors and unique architectural features. Business owners and homeowners have the freedom to choose, so they can create the exact space they need. Your steel building doesn’t have to look like a warehouse or garage unless that is the style you are seeking.
Trend #2: Pre-Fab Steel Buildings Increase in Popularity
Imagine selecting the type of building you want for your home or business and then having a professional team deliver it to your site. This convenience and simplicity are primary reasons prefabricated steel buildings are among the top steel industry trends this year. Here are some other reasons for the spike in popularity:
- Pre-engineered building kits are versatile. Use them for storage buildings, retail locations, restaurants, showrooms, schools, or homes. Although you are using a kit, you have the freedom to customize the building to meet your specific purposes.
- Pre-fab steel buildings are affordable. Money is tight for today’s typical family and business owner, so having a budget-friendlier option for home and business buildings is appealing. Not only is the cost to build cheaper, but you will also save on maintenance costs, and steel will last far longer than traditional building structures.
- Pre-engineered steel buildings go up quickly. Rather than planning and building for months and months, pre-engineered steel building kits can be up and move-in ready within weeks.
Trend #3: Tiny Living in Steel Buildings
If you aren’t watching HGTV, you may have missed out on this trend. From Tiny House, Big Living to Tiny House Nation, television programming is one way to see how the tiny living movement is taking the nation by storm. The trend appeals to homeowners who want to escape the burden of high mortgages as well as those who simply want to make greener choices to protect the earth. Still others prefer tiny houses because they need a lower maintenance housing option that enables them to travel more often.
Tiny living in steel buildings provides even greater benefits than traditional smaller homes. Steel buildings are naturally lower-maintenance than traditional homes and are far less expensive to build. As more and more homeowners explore the benefits tiny houses have to offer, steel buildings are emerging as the smart, affordable, hassle-free choice.
Let Peak Steel Buildings Help You Take Advantage of Steel Industry Trends
Our experts at Peak Steel Buildings are continually educating ourselves and staying abreast of the latest trends in the steel industry. Whether you are considering the best building options for your home or your business, we want to help you determine which trends fit your needs. We will sit down with you and get to know your situation so that we can deliver the right steel building solutions.
When you come to Peak Steel, you will quickly realize you are more than just a number. We care about your residential or commercial project and are always available to answer your questions. Let us guide you through the design process for your steel building and show you how to take advantage of our convenient online tools and services.
Contact our team today to learn more about steel industry trends for 2017 and what they might mean to you.