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January 16, 2018
Misconceptions About Steel Buildings
There are a few common misconceptions about steel buildings that we here at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver would like to clarify. Beyond storage sheds, barns and garages, steel buildings are still a little unfamiliar for many people and so there are plenty of myths that need to be dispelled. Here are a few of the more common misunderstandings we hear from clients.
Myth 1: Steel Buildings are Pricey
Thinking that steel buildings are expensive is probably the most common myth. Though the cost up front may be more than other options and materials, when you factor in durability and maintenance over the life of the structure, these buildings are some of the most cost-effective choices available. And prefabricated steel buildings are well designed with the cost of labor substantially diminished because there is no fitting or additional cutting needed during installation. Steel buildings also require very little needed maintenance over time and often use less energy annually. And if you ever tear one down, steel building materials can be recycled, making them a “green” choice.
Myth 2: Steel Buildings are Unattractive
When people think of steel buildings they often think of boxy, industrial buildings with no windows or aesthetic appeal. While this look is perfectly functional for a number of businesses, steel buildings can be very versatile and attractive in appearance. There are a number of wall colors and trims to choose from and steel can be used in conjunction with all the windows you want to create a more attractive appearance. If you are using a steel structure for less industrial purposes, having additional exterior choices can be very useful.
If you want to discuss steel construction for your home or business, contact us at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver for a free quote. We have a number of attractive building options to choose from to meet your business needs.
Myth 3: Steel Buildings are Chilly
Many people assume that steel buildings are cold inside. This association may be connected with the idea that steel buildings are only industrial and gray in appearance. Actually, steel buildings provide easy climate control. Metal roofing can help reflect summer heat and additional insulation will help maintain the temperatures in winter. If you are interested in environmentally friendly options, solar panels can also be easily attached to a steel building.
Myth 4: Steel Buildings are Loud Spaces
Because steel is a heavy, metallic material, one of the common misconceptions about steel buildings is that they are hollow, noisy spaces – like a massive drum or an empty shipping container. At one point, buildings with metal roofing could be quite loud, particularly in heavy winds or adverse weather. Today, with appropriate insulation, steel buildings can be pretty quiet and even help cut interior noise production.
Now that we have cleared up some of the common misconceptions about steel buildings, you might realize that a steel building would be perfect for your home or business needs. If you would like to discuss a new steel building project, please call or contact us at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver.
December 15, 2017
Steel Buildings for Farms and Agriculture
Here at Nelson & Son Construction Service in Denver, we construct steel buildings for farms and agriculture that meet or exceed the needs of our customers. Farm buildings used to be made of mostly wood, but steel farm buildings are becoming increasingly popular because they are often more cost-effective than other structures and materials.
Let’s take a look at the benefits of steel buildings for farms and agriculture.
Farming equipment can be very costly. Tractors, harvesters, back-hoes, trailers, and plows are very expensive and needed for the everyday operation of a farm. Storing equipment in a steel building can help it last longer and spare you from repair costs. Outdoor storage can cause equipment to rust, corrode, or suffer damage just by being exposed to the elements.
Additionally, your equipment can be locked up to avoid issues with theft or vandalism. Not that large equipment is easy to steal, but various small parts can be stolen, rendering the entire machine to be useless. Overall, you can save a great deal of money and keep your equipment safe by keeping costly equipment indoors.
Custom steel buildings can also keep your livestock sheltered as well. Cold weather and predators can decimate your herd or flock. Keeping your animals indoors, particularly at night, can help you better control their living conditions and even protect your bottom line.
Steel buildings are a great way to keep your feed, straw, and hay dry and protected. Keeping everything dry in the winter can be a bit of a challenge. Damp conditions can help mold gain a foothold and destroy your supply. Keeping everything protected can save you a great deal of money and hassle. If you want to construct a steel building on your farm or property, just contact us here at Nelson & Son.
Wood barns do not hold up over time as well as steel barns can. Wood can rot, burn, and can even be destroyed by pests such as termites. Steel buildings can withstand weather and negative conditions better. Additionally, if they are protected, even rust can be avoided.
The maintenance needed for a steel building is minimal, sometimes even nonexistent. Steel buildings are a great way to make your investment in a building last much longer. Because it doesn’t need much maintenance or repair, a steel building can save you money and time.
Built for Your Needs
Every farm is a bit different. Some farmers want their buildings to accommodate specific animals or storage needs. With the rise of interest in hobby farms, some steel buildings are built to accommodate a variety of needs in one building: storage, animals, and more. These buildings can be ventilated, insulated, and accessorized to meet your specific needs. Almost any customization is possible.
If you need steel buildings for farms and agriculture, please get in touch with us at Nelson & Son Construction Service in Denver. We can design a steel building to accommodate the needs of your farm and construct it so that you can take advantage of all the benefits a steel building has to offer.
November 17, 2017
Steel Buildings Make Beautiful Homes
You may not know it but steel buildings make beautiful homes. Our team at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver has seen the rise in popularity of steel homes, expanding steel building applications well beyond barns, garages, storage, commercial spaces and warehouses. If you wonder what the benefits are, design flexibility, cost, and durability are just a few reasons to choose a beautiful steel home.
Both the interior and exterior of steel buildings have evolved into absolutely gorgeous designs. You may not even know the home next to you is made out of steel. Steel homes can easily be designed and adjusted to meet all of your family’s needs.
The design begins with 3D modeling to plan out the home’s supports and weight distribution as well as the structural integrity of the building. These steel pieces, along with all structural supports and additional accessories, are sent to your building site. Once the building is assembled, final accessories are added, and you can potentially have a beautifully finished home faster than a more traditional stick build house.
You should take a look at the cost savings you will get from a steel home. Not only are steel homes faster and more convenient to build, they are often less expensive and easier to maintain than traditional wooden homes. The cost of a steel building averages around 30 percent cheaper than a non-steel home, depending on your design plan and finishes. Since steel is strong even under the most extreme circumstances, a steel home doesn’t need as many repairs or maintenance which saves money as well.
A steel home’s durability is a huge win. Steel can withstand extreme weather conditions and is designed to survive for decades. Did you know that steel homes can withstand wind forces of up to 150 miles per hour without any damage to the exterior of the building or the foundation? Steel buildings also keep the animals and pests out. They’re also moisture resistant, protecting the home from mold and mildew. Steel is flame retardant and made from recycled materials.
You can also attach a garage space to your steel home. Of course, you can add a garage and other storage buildings later as well but it adds more stability for both buildings if you include it in your original design-build.
Steel buildings can be placed on cement slabs, underground crawl spaces or basements. A concrete slab is attached by anchor bolts. Although a little more expensive, you can also choose a basement or underground crawl space and expand your square footage. Steel buildings can easily attached by using floor joists and anchors.
Isn’t it time you considered steel? Steel buildings make beautiful homes. They also typically cost less, can be built faster, are environmentally friendly, and are extremely durable. Our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can build you a custom steel home that fits your family’s needs and will last a long time.
October 15, 2017
Steel Buildings and the Environment
At Nelson and Son Construction in Denver, we believe steel buildings and the environment go hand in hand. Many homeowners and businesses want eco-friendly construction, focusing on sustainability in the materials, how they’re transported, and the architecture of the structure. With a steel building, you can get an eco-friendly building and potentially save money. That’s why more and more people are turning to steel construction.
Let’s take a look at how steel buildings and the environment can coexist through the focus on sustainability at every phase of the building process.
Across the country, cities are moving toward requiring sustainable building standards for new construction projects. It just makes sense that steel buildings are becoming a more popular choice because they meets the guidelines for the nation's leading green construction certifying agencies like the National Green Building Program. This particular group certifies residential buildings, while the US Green Building Council’s LEED program is used for both residential and commercial structures.
Save the Trees
Research from the Steel Recycling Institute shows that a standard 2000-square foot home can use almost an acre of trees to complete its construction. On the other hand, steel is one of the most sustainable building material there is.
Steel is a 100 percent recyclable and can be continuously recycled, meaning it does not lose its integrity when recycled, and it does not need to be down-cycled. Plus, anything that you buy that is made out of steel has to have at least 28 percent recycled materials. Did you know that recycling old steel can save between 40-75 percent of the amount of energy needed to produce new steel? With a steel building, you’re using a product that is extremely durable, can be recycled and helps save trees in the process.
Low to No Emissions
Our country’s steel industry has been creating more energy-efficiency plants over the last twenty years. Many of today's steel plants produce no carbon dioxide emissions at all. They are even recycling the water used to generate steel. So, steel manufacturing has become a very eco-friendly process.
Eco-friendly steel buildings save energy because they need the fewest repairs and renovations. Steel buildings and metal roofing are durable and offer some of the longest lifespans, making them an excellent sustainable structure.
Reduces Energy Consumption
With pre-fabricated steel buildings, the building process is streamlined and once on-site, the work is quicker to complete. That’s because pre-fabricated steel construction uses fewer laborers and machinery, and reduces overall energy consumption.
In addition, heating and cooling often account for up to 50 percent or more of a building's total utility consumption. By using the pre-painted or granular-coated metal roofing of a steel building, it reflects the solar energy and re-emits most of the solar heat that is absorbed, saving up to 40 percent on heating and cooling costs.
At Nelson and Son Construction in Denver, we appreciate how steel buildings and the environment have come together to create a cost-effective and sustainable construction that can give you a convenient, durable building that is eco-friendly and still save you time and money. Contact us now and let’s see how a steel building might fit your needs.
September 18, 2017
5 Great Reasons to Build a Custom Home in Denver
Need a new home? At Nelson & Son Construction in Denver, we present 5 great reasons to build a custom home in Denver. Sure, you can buy an older, existing home, but you’ll likely be facing the challenges of repairing and renovating – like finding mold, old wiring, or even asbestos. Even if you get through all of that, it still might not meet your exact specifications.
So, why compromise? If you want a beautiful new home, our experienced custom builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can build exactly what you want. And once you and your family move in, you can enjoy your dream home right away instead of spending precious time and money fixing it. Now, here are 5 great reasons to build a custom home in Denver.
Turn-key, instant gratification
Once you move into your new custom home there are no repairs or maintenance like in an older, previously owned home. You have better things to do than spending your time trying to get your home the way you want it when a new home gives you all your wishes up front.
A custom home gives you the gift of being able to be with your family, enjoying your new home. Working with an experienced builder to construct your dream home is a fun, positive experience and relieves the stress that often comes with visiting prospective homes, making offers, being rejected, and then starting all over again. Once your custom home is ready, the move will be easy, not immediate repairs or renovations needed.
Designing it the way you want
Some people are willing to settle for a previously owned home, but a customized home is designed with your lifestyle in mind. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life, so you want to make sure it’s the best choice. That includes thinking about personalizing your home’s floorplan so that it fits you and your family’s need now and in the future. When you design it the way you want, you can get the structural and design features that make the home uniquely yours.
Eco-friendly and energy efficient
Your customized Denver home can actually save you money in the long-term. New homes can be built using improved insulation techniques and airtight construction, which retains heat and cool air and gives you the best heating and cooling systems. Energy efficient appliances and water-conserving plumbing fixtures can also help you save on your new home’s monthly utility bills.
Wrap upgrades into the mortgage
With a custom home, you can choose to finance your personalized upgrades in the original purchase price through your mortgage. With older pre-owned homes, any renovations or special changes would more than likely come out of your own pocket.
Rethinking taking on the Denver real estate market? Give us a call. Our expert custom home builders at Nelson & Son Construction in Denver are ready to build your dream home. We think there are many more than just these 5 great reasons to build a custom home in Denver. If you give us the opportunity to build for you, we’re sure you’ll know them all.