Because of the recent slump in the housing market, more homeowners than ever before are focusing on low-maintenance, energy-efficient home construction to save a buck. An AIA Home Design Trends Survey for 2009 confirmed that up to 80% of homeowners value energy-efficiency, and 72% seek low-maintenance housing.
For these homeowners, considering metal building homes is a logical solution. A metal home is designed to withstand the test of time with added advantages in both energy-efficiency and low-maintenance construction. What?s not to love?
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What are the benefits of owning a residential metal home?
Here are many of the top benefits to consider in buying a residential metal home:
- Safe construction.When metal is primarily used for a housing structure, it is considered non-combustible and will not add fuel to a house fire. Seeing as fires caused more than $11 million in property damage in 2011, safe housing construction remains a top priority to protect both a home and a family.
- Fast assembly. According to industry estimates, a metal residential building can be constructed in roughly two thirds the time of conventional housing construction. As an added bonus, appearance isn’t compromised since a metal home can easily be enhanced with detailing like brick, stone, stucco, or glass.
- Low-maintenance. If you’re one of the many homeowners looking for a low-maintenance housing solution, a metal home can provide both durability and longevity without the risk for rotting, deterioration, or insect damage compared to wood materials.
- Lower price. Last but not least, a metal home can come at a lower cost compared to a conventionally constructed home, not taking into account minimal yearly maintenance expenses. Price becomes more affordable due to reduced labor and lower manufacturing costs.
When building a metal home, don’t forget to inquire about a manufacturer’s warranty. A basic metal roof could have a 30 to 50 year warranty; a turnkey metal home made with a steel frame may be protected with up to a 10 year warranty.
Residential metal building house plans: Style options and customizations
As with any new construction, customized floor plans are available, depending on the manufacturer. You may be able to design your own floor plan from scratch with the use of framing design, although the structure of a home can?t be altered.
Homes may be available in one or two level designs with modified floor plans ranging from 1000 to 8000 ft. Further style customizations may include modifications to windows and doors, as well as the addition of stainless steel, zinc, or copper countertops.
Today, many modern metal homes are built with stainless steel accents and accessories throughout the interior, including kitchen islands, bathroom vanities, shelving, and much more. A residential metal home manufacturer will be able to provide you with a customized floor plan and pricing before signing a contract; newer 3-D design services may be available.