Which Is Cheaper: A Wood Building or Metal?

Many factors must be considered when determining which building material, wood or metal, is more cost-effective. Material costs, construction costs and long-term benefits all come into play when trying to calculate value.

Material Costs

Wood is an older, more traditional building material.

Because the average price of lumber fluctuates constantly, it is difficult to determine a standard price difference between wood and steel. Which material costs less will vary based on the state of the lumber market.

Construction Costs

Construction costs are a little easier to determine. Because the various components of a metal building are prefabricated in a factory before being shipped to the construction site, they take significantly less time and money to put together. This also eliminates the added cost of weather delays.

Other Considerations

Several other factors must be considered as well. First, wood buildings require an architect to design them. Second, wood buildings are much more susceptible to fire damage than metal buildings. Steel also has a much longer life span than wood.

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Based in central Pennsylvania, Shannon Keen has been writing since 2003. She writes for various websites, specializing in film, literature and gaming. Keen started writing for her high school newspaper and went on to win a Gold Key in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Writing Competition. She is pursuing a degree in English literature at Harrisburg Area Community College.