After reading extensively about my options, and the positive and negative aspects of each of these options, regarding what kind of material to use for a new external office I want to build in my yard, I think I have finally come to a decision. For my purposes- a steel building by General Steel is the best way to go. While different buildings have different needs and therefore may need take different considerations, for me and what I need, the most important aspects are cost, durability and because I consider myself quite an environmentalist, the environmental impact is also incredibly important to my decision.
I think steel is the best decision for me for a variety of reasons. The cost and durability argument for using General Steel buildings are pretty straightforward. Steel is an incredibly durable material and won’t face the same problems over time that other materials would. Some of these problems such as rot, warping, termites and mold aren’t an issue for steel. The material isn’t porous so there is no chance of anything getting in there and messing with the structural integrity of the building. The longevity of steel just can’t be matched by any other material. This also translates into further cost benefits since I have no chance of having to pay down the line for possibly expensive repairs and let’s face it, no matter what, cost is always a key deciding factor.
As I said before, for me even though cost and durability are important, the ecological impact is where I put a lot of my attention and concern for which kind of building to pick. There are so many good points of steel from an environmental standpoint that I don’t know where to begin. I guess the most obvious is that steel is 100% recyclable so I don’t have to use any raw materials. Then, if I want down the line to tear down the building, I can recycle the steel again and have it made into an appliance, car or kitchen sink. The going price for scrap steel is pretty decent as well which means I can actually make some money when I decide to recycle the building. Yet another way being green is also a good financial decision.
The buildings constructed by General Steel also retain temperatures really well so it doesn’t take much energy to keep them warm or cool. There are even special panels that have been developed to keep the building within a certain temperature range with minimal power. This way I can just set the thing and always have my little office be the perfect temperature. Again, this can lead back into the idea of better costs over the lifetime of my office.
The only thing I am not sure about yet is the aesthetics of a steel building. There generally aren’t a lot of options since most of the buildings are prefabricated but I have been looking online a bit and it seems they aren’t so bad. Plus with some nice pictures, rugs and whatever else, I can make it look however I want. I guess it doesn’t really matter, either way it will be nicer to look at than having to be in an office all day. At least in my steel office I can do whatever I want to it.