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The Impact Of Heat On Metal Buildings

Nov 28, 2007
Many developers are increasingly choosing to construct their buildings out of metal for various reasons. Metal buildings are stronger and less vulnerable to the ravages of time and weather. Because metal is inorganic, the owner does not have to worry about the structural supports of the building being damaged by termites, mold, rot, or fungi. Using metal to construct the building also lessens the risk that the building will become warped during construction, allowing the building to be built with right angles and ensuring that all of the windows and doors in the building will open and close properly for the life of the building. One feature that has many individuals clamoring for a metal building is the building's ability to withstand the impact of heat.

A metal building is better able to withstand the intense heat of a fire or explosion better than many other types of building materials. This is because the metal has a burning or melting point that is much higher than building materials such as wood. It is also an inorganic substance, so the fire cannot feed off of the metal like it would be able to off of organic building materials. It is very difficult for a fire to reach the temperatures needed to severely damage or destroy the structural supports of a metal building to the point where the building would collapse. On the other hand, buildings made out of wood or other organic materials actually feed a fire and help it to race through the structure, destroying everything in its path.

Metal buildings typically use a highly heat resistant metal such as steel for the building frame, structural supports, interior columns, and included in the slabs used to form the building for added support. This makes the most vital areas of the building extremely heat resistant and lessens the possibility that the structural stability of the building will fail in the event of a fire. In fact, a typical building fire would not generate nearly enough heat for the structural features of the building to be greatly damaged in any way, even though the walls and furnishings of the building may be completely destroyed. There are very few things that can damage a metal building to the point of structural failure.

Many individuals choose to construct buildings out of metal because it is very rare that the entire building will need to be replaced because of damage. Walls and furnishings can be replaced easily and usually within a matter of weeks, but individuals that have constructed a metal building typically will not have to worry about replacing the entire building due to some unforeseen event. Metal buildings not only have the ability to withstand the heat of a fire, but can also withstand small explosions, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. All of these natural and man-made disasters can cause a great deal of damage to the building and its contents, but the building will not be destroyed. In many cases, it is mainly the metal buildings that are left standing after a disaster.
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Future Steel manufactures self-supporting and pre-engineered metal buildings . Our metal building kits are tailored towards commercial applications and are easy to assemble.
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