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February 28, 2018

What Are the Benefits of Steel Buildings?

steel buildings Nelson and Son Construction Service DenverWhat are the benefits of steel buildings? At Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver, we want to share more about how great steel buildings can be. Today, steel and wood are two of the most common building materials in use for a wide variety of applications. It may be helpful to compare the two so you can see which one is the right fit for your needs.

Let’s take a closer look at building with wood vs steel and the benefits of steel buildings.

Environmentally Friendly

Steel buildings are quite environmentally friendly and this might come as a surprise to some. In comparison, if you were to examine a timber-built, 2,400 sq. ft. home, you may be surprised to learn that it actually requires approximately 16,000 board feet of framing lumber and 14,000 board feet of additional wood products such as plywood, strand board, wood joists, hardboard, particle board, and fiberboard. This means that 60 tons of trees are needed to produce an average 2,400 square foot structure from wood.

Steel buildings require no board feet to produce. Steel is also completely recyclable and very low maintenance. This makes steel a very environmentally friendly choice.


Construction of a steel building can be much less complicated than your average timber-built structure. Though the upfront cost may be more substantial, the long-term cost of steel is much lower than standard wood construction. Additionally, steel buildings can be erected much more quickly than a standard timber building. Steel buildings can be erected in a matter of days or weeks rather than months (which is often the timeframe for standard timber construction).

Additionally, insurance on steel buildings tends to be much lower on average because steel can endure bad weather, accidents, and natural disasters much better than many other building materials. This will save you additional money over time.

If you are interested in saving yourself money overall and want have a steel building constructed, contact us here at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver. We can determine when we can get your steel building construction started.


Standard timber construction will need repairs, replacement, and maintenance. Steel buildings require very little in terms of repairs and maintenance and rarely need to be replaced. Additionally, over time, steel buildings tend to appreciate in value while the average standard timber building will experience depreciation. This is partly due to the durability of steel. With attention to proper coating, paint, and maintenance, a steel building can have a very long lifespan.


Steel can be used to build almost any design. It is a very flexible material. It is also pretty easy to alter a steel constructed building in the future. While timber construction also has a number of benefits, it is generally not as flexible as steel can be.

What are the benefits of steel buildings? Steel buildings can last a long time and save you money. If you want the benefits of a steel building, contact us here at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver. We can work with you to get your steel building installed so you can start saving money quickly.

January 16, 2018

Misconceptions About Steel Buildings

Misconceptions About Steel Buildings Nelson and Son Construction Service DenverThere are a few common misconceptions about steel buildings that we here at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver would like to clarify. Beyond storage sheds, barns and garages, steel buildings are still a little unfamiliar for many people and so there are plenty of myths that need to be dispelled. Here are a few of the more common misunderstandings we hear from clients.

Myth 1: Steel Buildings are Pricey

Thinking that steel buildings are expensive is probably the most common myth. Though the cost up front may be more than other options and materials, when you factor in durability and maintenance over the life of the structure, these buildings are some of the most cost-effective choices available. And prefabricated steel buildings are well designed with the cost of labor substantially diminished because there is no fitting or additional cutting needed during installation. Steel buildings also require very little needed maintenance over time and often use less energy annually. And if you ever tear one down, steel building materials can be recycled, making them a “green” choice.

Myth 2: Steel Buildings are Unattractive

When people think of steel buildings they often think of boxy, industrial buildings with no windows or aesthetic appeal. While this look is perfectly functional for a number of businesses, steel buildings can be very versatile and attractive in appearance. There are a number of wall colors and trims to choose from and steel can be used in conjunction with all the windows you want to create a more attractive appearance. If you are using a steel structure for less industrial purposes, having additional exterior choices can be very useful.

If you want to discuss steel construction for your home or business, contact us at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver for a free quote. We have a number of attractive building options to choose from to meet your business needs.

Myth 3: Steel Buildings are Chilly

Many people assume that steel buildings are cold inside. This association may be connected with the idea that steel buildings are only industrial and gray in appearance. Actually, steel buildings provide easy climate control. Metal roofing can help reflect summer heat and additional insulation will help maintain the temperatures in winter. If you are interested in environmentally friendly options, solar panels can also be easily attached to a steel building.

Myth 4: Steel Buildings are Loud Spaces

Because steel is a heavy, metallic material, one of the common misconceptions about steel buildings is that they are hollow, noisy spaces – like a massive drum or an empty shipping container. At one point, buildings with metal roofing could be quite loud, particularly in heavy winds or adverse weather. Today, with appropriate insulation, steel buildings can be pretty quiet and even help cut interior noise production.

Now that we have cleared up some of the common misconceptions about steel buildings, you might realize that a steel building would be perfect for your home or business needs. If you would like to discuss a new steel building project, please call or contact us at Nelson and Son Construction Service in Denver.

December 15, 2017

Steel Buildings for Farms and Agriculture

Steel Buildings for Farms and Agriculture Nelson and Son Construction Service DenverHere at Nelson & Son Construction Service in Denver, we construct steel buildings for farms and agriculture that meet or exceed the needs of our customers. Farm buildings used to be made of mostly wood, but steel farm buildings are becoming increasingly popular because they are often more cost-effective than other structures and materials.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of steel buildings for farms and agriculture.

Equipment Protection

Farming equipment can be very costly. Tractors, harvesters, back-hoes, trailers, and plows are very expensive and needed for the everyday operation of a farm. Storing equipment in a steel building can help it last longer and spare you from repair costs. Outdoor storage can cause equipment to rust, corrode, or suffer damage just by being exposed to the elements.

Additionally, your equipment can be locked up to avoid issues with theft or vandalism. Not that large equipment is easy to steal, but various small parts can be stolen, rendering the entire machine to be useless. Overall, you can save a great deal of money and keep your equipment safe by keeping costly equipment indoors.

Sheltered Livestock

Custom steel buildings can also keep your livestock sheltered as well. Cold weather and predators can decimate your herd or flock. Keeping your animals indoors, particularly at night, can help you better control their living conditions and even protect your bottom line.

Store Feed

Steel buildings are a great way to keep your feed, straw, and hay dry and protected. Keeping everything dry in the winter can be a bit of a challenge. Damp conditions can help mold gain a foothold and destroy your supply. Keeping everything protected can save you a great deal of money and hassle. If you want to construct a steel building on your farm or property, just contact us here at Nelson & Son.

Long Lasting

Wood barns do not hold up over time as well as steel barns can. Wood can rot, burn, and can even be destroyed by pests such as termites. Steel buildings can withstand weather and negative conditions better. Additionally, if they are protected, even rust can be avoided.

The maintenance needed for a steel building is minimal, sometimes even nonexistent. Steel buildings are a great way to make your investment in a building last much longer. Because it doesn’t need much maintenance or repair, a steel building can save you money and time.

Built for Your Needs

Every farm is a bit different. Some farmers want their buildings to accommodate specific animals or storage needs. With the rise of interest in hobby farms, some steel buildings are built to accommodate a variety of needs in one building: storage, animals, and more. These buildings can be ventilated, insulated, and accessorized to meet your specific needs. Almost any customization is possible.

If you need steel buildings for farms and agriculture, please get in touch with us at Nelson & Son Construction Service in Denver. We can design a steel building to accommodate the needs of your farm and construct it so that you can take advantage of all the benefits a steel building has to offer.

November 17, 2017

Steel Buildings Make Beautiful Homes

Steel Buildings Make Beautiful Homes Nelson and Son Construction Service DenverYou may not know it but steel buildings make beautiful homes. Our team at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver has seen the rise in popularity of steel homes, expanding steel building applications well beyond barns, garages, storage, commercial spaces and warehouses. If you wonder what the benefits are, design flexibility, cost, and durability are just a few reasons to choose a beautiful steel home.


Both the interior and exterior of steel buildings have evolved into absolutely gorgeous designs. You may not even know the home next to you is made out of steel. Steel homes can easily be designed and adjusted to meet all of your family’s needs.

The design begins with 3D modeling to plan out the home’s supports and weight distribution as well as the structural integrity of the building. These steel pieces, along with all structural supports and additional accessories, are sent to your building site. Once the building is assembled, final accessories are added, and you can potentially have a beautifully finished home faster than a more traditional stick build house.


You should take a look at the cost savings you will get from a steel home. Not only are steel homes faster and more convenient to build, they are often less expensive and easier to maintain than traditional wooden homes. The cost of a steel building averages around 30 percent cheaper than a non-steel home, depending on your design plan and finishes. Since steel is strong even under the most extreme circumstances, a steel home doesn’t need as many repairs or maintenance which saves money as well.


A steel home’s durability is a huge win. Steel can withstand extreme weather conditions and is designed to survive for decades. Did you know that steel homes can withstand wind forces of up to 150 miles per hour without any damage to the exterior of the building or the foundation? Steel buildings also keep the animals and pests out. They’re also moisture resistant, protecting the home from mold and mildew. Steel is flame retardant and made from recycled materials.


You can also attach a garage space to your steel home. Of course, you can add a garage and other storage buildings later as well but it adds more stability for both buildings if you include it in your original design-build.


Steel buildings can be placed on cement slabs, underground crawl spaces or basements. A concrete slab is attached by anchor bolts. Although a little more expensive, you can also choose a basement or underground crawl space and expand your square footage. Steel buildings can easily attached by using floor joists and anchors.

Isn’t it time you considered steel? Steel buildings make beautiful homes. They also typically cost less, can be built faster, are environmentally friendly, and are extremely durable. Our builders at Nelson and Son Construction in Denver can build you a custom steel home that fits your family’s needs and will last a long time.

October 15, 2017

Steel Buildings and the Environment

Steel Buildings and the Environment Nelson and Son Construction Service DenverAt Nelson and Son Construction in Denver, we believe steel buildings and the environment go hand in hand. Many homeowners and businesses want eco-friendly construction, focusing on sustainability in the materials, how they’re transported, and the architecture of the structure. With a steel building, you can get an eco-friendly building and potentially save money. That’s why more and more people are turning to steel construction.

Let’s take a look at how steel buildings and the environment can coexist through the focus on sustainability at every phase of the building process.

Building Standards

Across the country, cities are moving toward requiring sustainable building standards for new construction projects. It just makes sense that steel buildings are becoming a more popular choice because they meets the guidelines for the nation's leading green construction certifying agencies like the National Green Building Program. This particular group certifies residential buildings, while the US Green Building Council’s LEED program is used for both residential and commercial structures.

Save the Trees

Research from the Steel Recycling Institute shows that a standard 2000-square foot home can use almost an acre of trees to complete its construction. On the other hand, steel is one of the most sustainable building material there is.

Steel is a 100 percent recyclable and can be continuously recycled, meaning it does not lose its integrity when recycled, and it does not need to be down-cycled. Plus, anything that you buy that is made out of steel has to have at least 28 percent recycled materials. Did you know that recycling old steel can save between 40-75 percent of the amount of energy needed to produce new steel? With a steel building, you’re using a product that is extremely durable, can be recycled and helps save trees in the process.

Low to No Emissions

Our country’s steel industry has been creating more energy-efficiency plants over the last twenty years. Many of today's steel plants produce no carbon dioxide emissions at all. They are even recycling the water used to generate steel. So, steel manufacturing has become a very eco-friendly process.

Sustainable Buildings

Eco-friendly steel buildings save energy because they need the fewest repairs and renovations. Steel buildings and metal roofing are durable and offer some of the longest lifespans, making them an excellent sustainable structure.

Reduces Energy Consumption

With pre-fabricated steel buildings, the building process is streamlined and once on-site, the work is quicker to complete. That’s because pre-fabricated steel construction uses fewer laborers and machinery, and reduces overall energy consumption.

In addition, heating and cooling often account for up to 50 percent or more of a building's total utility consumption. By using the pre-painted or granular-coated metal roofing of a steel building, it reflects the solar energy and re-emits most of the solar heat that is absorbed, saving up to 40 percent on heating and cooling costs.

At Nelson and Son Construction in Denver, we appreciate how steel buildings and the environment have come together to create a cost-effective and sustainable construction that can give you a convenient, durable building that is eco-friendly and still save you time and money. Contact us now and let’s see how a steel building might fit your needs.


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