Comparing Steel to Wood

In the past, wood has been a reliable source for building and home constructions. These days, more and more architects, engineers, and end-users are turning to steel for many reasons. Pre-engineered metal buildings are efficiently constructed, built to last and can be customized to fit every individual dream. Whether it be a residential home or a manufacturing warehouse, once you start comparing steel to wood buildings, the differences are easy to see.

Build Hours

Pre-engineered metal buildings (PEMB) are fabricated in advance off site and come easy to assemble. Each component in a steel building is accounted for when it arrives onsite. With wood construction, artisans spend hundreds of hours cutting lumber to size resulting in expensive labor costs and material losses from human error. Steel buildings take 50% less time to construct than a wood framed structure. Building with steel means less wait time for you and more time to enjoy your garage, home or get your commercial business up and running.

Project Costs

Steel buildings are an investment. When comparing steel to wood framed buildings, additional labor and losses involved with these construction types can more than eat up the difference. Steel buildings can outperform a wood framed building in life span. Steel buildings provide a lifetime of use for your plans. Working with a single-source provider such as Bunger Steel means your design, engineering, fabrication, delivery and installation can be performed in-house. This process eliminates the middle man and delivers savings directly to customers.

Design Flexibility

Because of its greater load-bearing strength, steel construction lets architects, designers, and engineers do more with less material. This means more possibilities for your final product. Make your designs stand out with numerous color options, panel types, customized accessories and more!

Strength and Integrity

Steel buildings outperform traditional build types in almost every category. Wood buildings are far more vulnerable to fire, water damage, termites, and more. Over the years, steel will save you worry, time, and money by simply being more durable.


Traditional wood structures need a new coat of paint every three to five years. Maintenance needs can vary depending on the climate. In areas such as Arizona or New Mexico, moisture is a low concerning factor making it a top choice for building. Those in snow climate zones also prefer steel buildings due to their strength and easy shedding abilities.

When comparing steel to wood buildings, the advantages seem to be in the favor of steel. If you are ready to make the switch and begin your building plans, contact Bunger Steel today!

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