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A steel framed lake house with a deck and patio designed and built by Worldwide Steel Buildings

How would you like a strong, long-lasting, and completely custom-made home? A home that is built from building material strong enough to protect your family from the harshest weather and secure them from intruders? You can’t rely on wood studs for all that. You’re looking for a home with a steel frame. 

Steel frame houses are built with durability that will impress homeowners for decades to come, a cost-effectiveness that’s crucial in a new home, and high-quality framing material that protects against natural disasters. 

Worldwide Steel Buildings makes it possible to build a home out of a steel building kit. That means all the advantages of steel, with all the comforts of a new home. 

Steel Framed Residential Homes

A steel framed residential home designed and built by Worldwide Steel

Thanks to their steel beams and precision welding, our steel framed residential buildings are just as rugged and tough as our commercial buildings. However, they can be customized to look as elegant as you want. If you’d prefer, nobody visiting would ever even need to know it’s a steel home! In short, you’ll have complete control over your home’s structure, feel, and look.

Want to try it before you buy it? Go ahead and design your house right now! Jump over to our 3-D designer and create the type of home you want. Afterward, use our exterior color picker to choose your colors.

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The Worldwide Steel Buildings Difference

A steel framed residential home designed and built by Worldwide Steel

Some of the benefits of steel are inherent to the material — steel is impervious to rot, termites and other critters, and is extremely energy-efficient, for example. 

And some of the benefits of steel stem from your steel building manufacturer. At Worldwide Steel, we manufacture our own precision-welded steel trusses and design our residential steel building kits with the DIY-er in mind. That means you’ll save money on construction costs — no construction companies required. We also work with you from conception to ensure your home design and floor plans aren’t overlooking any elements that you’ll need to go back and redo in the future. When you work with us, it’s a real partnership based on designing and building the best steel home possible, not just a transactional relationship. 

Check out just a few more ways our buildings are a cut above the competition:

  • Metal framing and steel studs made from recycled steel 
  • Manufactured in the United States
  • Designed to meet your local building codes
  • Designed to withstand harsh weather
  • Fire resistant 
  • Eco-friendly
  • Shipped directly from our factory
  • Metal building kits arrive with pre-welded trusses
  • Includes 16-gauge door frames
  • MIG welded steel
  • Dipped in rust preventing primer

And one other thing: Try asking your local custom home builder if he’ll give you a 50-year warranty on a wood frame house. Didn’t go for it? Didn’t think so.

We have a 50-year warranty on all of our buildings, including residential homes. We also offer financing options for both residential and commercial steel buildings.

Who We Are at Worldwide Steel Buildings

Worldwide Steel Buildings has over 100 years of building experience and is a leading manufacturer of commercial and residential steel buildings. We have satisfied and continue to satisfy returning customers all over the world thanks to our unparalleled customer service. We are with you from choosing a building to putting in the last bolt.

Learn how you can have a long-lasting home built to your exact specifications by beginning with steel frame construction. Call Worldwide Steel at (800) 825-0316 and talk to our experts. You’ll be surprised how close you are to having your own one-of-a-kind home.

A fire station built with a steel frame

If you’ve been looking to build a new home, space for your business, or add a building to your personal or company property, but want to do so with the environment in mind, you’re smart to weigh the pros and cons of metal framing vs. traditional wood construction. And, based on a general cultural belief (combined with strong messaging from the timber industry), you may be leaning toward a wood frame building.

After all, wood is the most natural, sustainable, renewable building resource around, so constructing the entirety of your building — studs to siding — is the way to go … right? Well, not so fast. While many think a wood frame building is the obvious choice for a smaller impact on the Earth, steel frame buildings are better for the environment in many ways, both immediate and long-lasting!

The experts at Worldwide Steel Buildings are breaking down the facts:

Common Misconceptions about Wood Buildings & the Environment

An inescapable fact is that all large manufacturing operations leave behind a carbon footprint. No matter how sustainable a practice or process, it is going to produce CO2 (as well as other byproducts) at scale, regardless of what material is being manufactured, delivered and assembled. The sticking point in this case is to consider the material. Let’s look at the following factors:

  • Of all materials, what will last longest before needing to be replaced?
  • What material requires little to no additional treatment?
  • Which choice is able to do the job while using as little of the material as possible?
  • What material can be recycled almost entirely?

The answer to all of these questions is not wood and not concrete, but steel.

Wood vs. Steel – the Great Debate

A pile of logs

Which is more environmentally friendly: steel frame construction or wood frame construction? A quick Google search on the environmental impact of various building materials is swift to bring wood to the forefront of this great question. In answering, however, the search results focus primarily on wood’s renewability.

However, that perspective is misleading to consumers. The truth is, being renewable is not the same thing as being sustainable. The timber industry likes to remind consumers that for every tree harvested during clear cutting, two saplings are planted in its place.

What they don’t like to acknowledge is that it can take decades before the saplings are ready for harvesting, with the highest value trees being forty-nine years old at harvest.

Now that the ecosystem has been disturbed, the wood harvested, machined, treated, and so on, it’s become a sturdy long-lasting material with countless uses and recycling options…. right? Unfortunately, that too is a myth.

The wood industry stays quiet about how wooden frames, siding, and other items used in wood structures are only single-use. Once a wooden building has reached the end of its life cycle, whether from natural long-term wear or other common challenges of wood frame buildings, like termites or dry rot), there isn’t much to be done with it aside from demolition and/or incineration. That’s due to the fact that treated wood used in the construction industry cannot be recycled. That’s a lot of time and energy for an arguably temporary material.

Our steel trusses, on the other hand, are made from 97% recycled steel, and are substantially recyclable when (or if) they’re ready for a new life. 

Steel Buildings Are Sustainable

In addition to literally being the most recycled material in the world, steel is also one of the easiest materials to repurpose. But it will also need to be repurposed a lot less often. Once a steel building is constructed, it will not need to be replaced for a long, long time. This is due in part to steel being wind resistant, fire resistant, durable in the face of natural disasters (like high winds and heavy snow loads) and, of course, immune to the damaging effects of moisture, mold and infestations. The combined durability and longevity of steel construction means that when you purchase a steel building for your property, you’re paying for a material that can do more for less, and be recycled almost in its entirety for years. Talk about sustainable!

Energy efficiency is also a major component in the environmental impact of wood vs. steel construction materials. Over the life of the building, steel requires much less energy to heat, cool and insulate, reducing its residual impact on the environment year over year (and reducing long-term costs for the owner, too … just another of the many steel building benefits we could go on and on about). 

Plus, because steel frames are non-combustible, a metal building doesn’t run the risk of being a fire hazard in the same way a wood building would. Imagine the environmental damage that a wood building could cause accidentally, for decades after it’s built! While steel buildings impact the environment upon construction, their environmental impact of a steel structure is largely over at the completion of its construction project. Wood buildings, on the other hand, have the potential to wreak havoc on the environment for as long as they’re standing. 

At Worldwide Steel Buildings, we have been creating industrial, commercial, and private buildings using 97% recycled steel since 1983. We are proud to bring our customers the most cost-effective, customizable building solutions in the market (backed up by an industry-leading 50-year structural warranty). For more about how we bring our passion to your project, contact us directly at (800) 825-0316 or request a quote online. We look forward to talking about your metal building project!

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