What Are the Benefits of Steel Buildings?

steel buildings Nelson and Son Construction Service DenverWhat are the benefits of steel buildings? At Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver, we want to share more about how great steel buildings can be. Today, steel and wood are two of the most common building materials in use for a wide variety of applications. It may be helpful to compare the two so you can see which one is the right fit for your needs.

Let’s take a closer look at building with wood vs steel and the benefits of steel buildings.

Environmentally Friendly

Steel buildings are quite environmentally friendly and this might come as a surprise to some. In comparison, if you were to examine a timber-built, 2,400 sq. ft. home, you may be surprised to learn that it actually requires approximately 16,000 board feet of framing lumber and 14,000 board feet of additional wood products such as plywood, strand board, wood joists, hardboard, particle board, and fiberboard. This means that 60 tons of trees are needed to produce an average 2,400 square foot structure from wood.

Steel buildings require no board feet to produce. Steel is also completely recyclable and very low maintenance. This makes steel a very environmentally friendly choice.


Construction of a steel building can be much less complicated than your average timber-built structure. Though the upfront cost may be more substantial, the long-term cost of steel is much lower than standard wood construction. Additionally, steel buildings can be erected much more quickly than a standard timber building. Steel buildings can be erected in a matter of days or weeks rather than months (which is often the timeframe for standard timber construction).

Additionally, insurance on steel buildings tends to be much lower on average because steel can endure bad weather, accidents, and natural disasters much better than many other building materials. This will save you additional money over time.

If you are interested in saving yourself money overall and want have a steel building constructed, contact us here at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver. We can determine when we can get your steel building construction started.


Standard timber construction will need repairs, replacement, and maintenance. Steel buildings require very little in terms of repairs and maintenance and rarely need to be replaced. Additionally, over time, steel buildings tend to appreciate in value while the average standard timber building will experience depreciation. This is partly due to the durability of steel. With attention to proper coating, paint, and maintenance, a steel building can have a very long lifespan.


Steel can be used to build almost any design. It is a very flexible material. It is also pretty easy to alter a steel constructed building in the future. While timber construction also has a number of benefits, it is generally not as flexible as steel can be.

What are the benefits of steel buildings? Steel buildings can last a long time and save you money. If you want the benefits of a steel building, contact us here at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver. We can work with you to get your steel building installed so you can start saving money quickly.