At a project's inception, Spherical Steel Structures works with architects, builders and, home owners who seek experienced insights into light gauge steel construction methods. Ways to build, lighter, stronger, safer buildings; fire-rated, termite-resistant and built to last. Structural steel or wood framing is not their only option - and in many cases is an inferior option.
There's nothing like experience in the field to make someone appreciate the importance of proper planning in the office. Our engineers are among the nation's most experienced experts in light gauge steel framing and construction. Our designers have manufactured and built light gauge steel buildings, so when they design a structure, they're doing it with a full appreciation of how
it will go up on site.
The design and engineering of Light Gauge Steel spherical trusses is a job for trained professionals. Not all engineers know how to design with this material properly. Here at Spherical Steel Structures we keep up with the latest designs, engineering and fabricating procedures to ensure your
structures are safe and efficient. We have our own software that incorporates the latest building and light gauge steel framing codes to fully analyze our projects. In-house manufacturing lets us control and manage quality. We oversee all parts made, fabricate and assemble all spherical steel structures where we can coordinate elements and makes sure the process is integrated.
- Lighter weight means
easier handling and less stress on foundations, cranes and workers
- Consistent dimensions means there's no need to shim walls and adjust
- Straight walls and square corners mean windows and doors
open and close as they should
- Less scrap and waste (2% for steel vs.
20% for lumber)
- Green positioning and structural advantages strengthen
your image in the eyes of the consumer
- Lower builder's risk insurance
- Slash the size of your punch list with consistent framing and
- Termite resistant, fire retardant, mold resistant,
stronger and less labor intensive
Benefits to the owner
lower total costs and higher quality structures when they build with
steel. The material's higher strength contributes to safer structures
that require less maintenance and last longer.
has been around for years and originated for many reasons.
First, the quality of lumber was much better than it is
today and was much cheaper. Second, years ago wood framers who
attempted to build light gauge steel frame homes with no knowledge as to
the structural strength of light gauge steel and used an enormous amount of steel
in their homes that was unnecessary.
Not understanding the strength of light gauge steel in comparison to
wood, they built their homes the same way they would with wood . The result was an enormous waste of material and a very expensive home. Given these two reasons one can
understand where the misconception that steel framed homes were more expensive than wood
framed homes arose. But this is no longer the case.
Over the years, as you may have noticed, the cost of lumber has grown greatly while the quality of lumber has reduced significantly. Due to both the dwindling resource of first growth large trees used for quality wood studs and the environmental movement which is limiting the availability of forests to timber, wood prices skyrocket while the quality of wood dwindles. Steel prices on the other hand remain mostly consistent.
The result is that construction lumber prices are equal to that of light
gauge steel, offering consumers a viable choice for the type framing
material to use in their homes. Furthermore, light gauge steel greatly
out-performs wood in building construction and its quality, there are many benefits a steel framed home offers the home owner. Since wood prices fluctuate often,
while steel prices remain consistent, an actual price difference is difficult to determine. But the difference in price should never be great. Given the performance and quality of a steel frame home it is a better LONG TERM VALUE for the consumers money, than purchasing an inferior lower quality wood frame structure.