Strength - The inherent strength of steel creates buildings that are exceptionally strong, stable, and durable. In addition, steel’s great strength makes it possible to carry longer spans than are possible with wood-framed construction.
Non-Combustible - Steel doesn’t burn or add fuel to a fire. When combined with residential fire suppression systems, non-combustible structural steel meets the stringent requirements of building codes nationwide. For multi-family housing, this demonstrated margin of safety is especially critical. Building with steel also earns a Fire Safety Insurance premium reduction.
Stability - Steel neither expands nor contracts substantially under normal conditions in multi-family dwellings. It’s a quality that helps maintain the outstanding fit and structural integrity of Deluxe Building Systems as delivered from the factory.
Sustainability - Steel is an environmentally friendly alternative to wood: no trees are cut to make steel structural members. Also, the amount of scrap and waste in typical steel-framed construction is about two percent; the figure for comparable wood-framed projects is twenty percent. Building with steel also increases the life expectancy of your building.
Air Quality - Steel is nontoxic because it will not off-gas and contaminate indoor air quality.
Recycled Content - Steel contains a large recycled component, and it can be fully recycled at the end of its useful life.
LEED® - Building with Steel earns additional points for projects striving for LEED® certification.
Mold/Pest Resistant - Mold and wood-infesting insects such as termites can create serious maintenance and health issues in wood framed structures. Steel construction is immune to such problems. It also won’t rot, warp, crack or split.
Overall Quality - The fact that steel is produced to consistent national standards, without regional variations in quality means that its quality in construction applications is unchanged, regardless of when and where it’s used.