I’ve been doing some thinking lately and in my mind travels I’ve stumbled onto something that I believe is quite ironic. If we sometimes store things that we care about or have great value to us inside metal safes and safety deposit boxes, then what are we doing with all of our other stuff inside our homes? Unlike the idea of keeping something safe and secure inside a safety deposit box, we have an entire life of valuable things inside a giant, flammable box. What I’m talking about is the fact that we still commonly build using material that is vulnerable to one of life’s most destructive forces; fire. It just doesn’t make sense to me that if the things that we really care about the most (our families) are inside our homes, then why are we building the homes they live and sleep in out of a material that men have been using to start fires with for years? Have you ever heard of the great San Fransisco and Chicago fires? Those are just a couple, but entire sections of some very big cities have been burned to the ground more than once in this country’s history. Now, think about what it would have been like to grow up during medieval times with barbaric pillagers coming into your town and setting the whole thing ablaze. That’s why building with stone, during that time, was what the more industrialized societies tried to do, because the destructive force of fire could be absolutely devastating. If they could have made steel buildings then like they were able to make swords, it would have been a lot harder to destroy their civilizations.
Metal structures exist all over the world now, almost every industry on the planet in someway depends on or needs them. They’re built to last and can come in many different shapes and sizes, the interior and exterior options can give you a variety of looks so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Isn’t it odd that metal buildings are used in commercial and retail applications all the time, but rarely in the residential sense? Your home could just as easily be built using prefabricated steel as it could have with wood. Let me tell you something else, it’d be a lot harder to set on fire than it would be if it was made out of that stuff that cavemen used to start a fire with to keep warm. Trees are for cleaning the air we breath, not cutting down to use for what may ultimately become a colossal bonfire of burning dreams. If you’re building a new home, think outside the archaic wooden box and step into a steel building and imagine the possibilities. You’d be surprised to hear that it costs less to heat and cool a metal building than one built using traditional wooden construction. Don’t put all of your eggs in a flammable basket and hope that they’ll somehow hatch uncooked, think of your potential home like a safe that you want to protect everything inside.