Steel construction is the smart choice in mold prevention
What could be worse than discovering your house has a mold problem? As unsavory as it is to imagine, mold can easily form a serious problem in both residential and commercial buildings. Not only is it difficult to eradicate from traditionally built houses, but if left to continue spreading, mold has been known to dramatically affect the air quality inside the building, causing health problems as mild as allergies and as severe as cancer.
If you’ve ever personally experienced mold in your living or working space, then you’re probably familiar with the conditions that promote mold growth: moisture. Unfortunately for many Americans, traditional wood-based construction can often provide the exact environment that mold needs to thrive. If water happened to infiltrate the wood framing during construction, this could be a recipe for mold growth as the moisture, combined with the wood that feeds the mold, encourages the fungus to spread. Over time as the wood-framed house contracts and expands due to temperature and humidity, it creates small cracks and leaks that can let in moisture around windows, doors, and framing, further exacerbating the issue.
Fortunately, there is an excellent alternative to traditional construction methods, and that is steel-framed construction. Steel framing is moisture resistant and does not expand or contract over time. Because steel construction methods use screws instead of nails, it avoids nail pops and drywall cracks that can create moldy environments that negatively impact air quality and health. Steel framing also builds in ventilation to reduce moisture in the home or commercial space while maintaining an efficient thermal envelope. At EcoSteel, we engineer and manufacture the steel components for the project in our controlled facility before shipping them to be assembled onsite, ensuring that the construction process is as clean as possible.
Air quality and human health are two important factors to consider when constructing a new building. Learn how EcoSteel’s steel building manufacturing can help you maintain clean air quality inside your space by calling us today at 800.587.6604 or provide your information here.