Steel vs. Wood. What is best for you?
Wood and steel are two of the most commonly used materials when building sheds (and really for most building structures). Deciding which material is best for you is crucial. Making the right choice will not only affect the look of your shed, it can also save you money and stress in the future. We will help you navigate your way through these materials and stay clear of common myths and misconceptions. By considering the resilience, safety, sustainability, and visual appeal of both materials you can find the best choice for your shed.
Resilience & Safety
A shed should be a long-term investment. You need a material that is resilient. Both steel and wood are strong materials, yet steel is less vulnerable to damage due to weather or bugs. Weather and moisture can cause wood to mould, rot and crack. Furthermore, steel does not expand or shrink over time or with exposure to moisture. At Entegra Signature Structures we have proven that steel sheds and structures can be resilient in even the most extreme weather, having constructed a steel helicopter hangar in Antarctica ! The construction needed to withstand extreme weather, strong winds, and blizzards. Though steel can be vulnerable to moisture, damage can easily be mitigated.
As well, wood, unlike steel, faces a serious fire risk. Because of this, some countries classify wooden structures as combustible construction which fall under strict regulations and limitations. Steel, on the other hand, is non-combustible, hence it would significantly reduce the risk of fire. This is an important consideration if you live in an area prone to forest fires. Choosing the right material is crucial for the resilience and safety of your shed (and really any structure).
Another advantage with steel is that, unlike wood, it is not vulnerable to termites or other bugs. Unless you live in Tasmania, your wooden structures may be vulnerable to termites. Treatment and repair on any property because of termites can easily become expensive. Choosing a steel shed will prevent these little pests from eating into your shed and your wallet.
This is where it gets complicated. Wood is often believed to be the most sustainable and environmentally friendly option as it is biodegradable. However, it is important to note that steel is recyclable and limits the need for further deforestation. Steel production also leads to far less waste when compared to wood. As well, you also need to consider how long lasting your shed or structure is. As discussed above, steel is the more durable option.
The ‘Look’ of It
At last, when building a shed or any structure, you do not only want it to be functional. You want it to look good. Wood, most notably timber, has been used in construction for centuries. With the ability to bring up those snug cabin feelings, I cannot deny that wooden sheds are aesthetically pleasing. However, this does not mean that you do have to sacrifice resilience for the sake of ‘looks’ when using steel. With the right design, steel structures can be its own masterpiece. Have a look at some of the structures designed by Entegra Signature Structures, where you get the very best in both design and quality.
Steel seems to be the superior option for sheds and other structures. The material is resilient and able to withstand harsh weather, bugs and fire. With Entegra Signature Structures, the quality of the steel is also combined with astonishing designs.