Light Gauge Steel System
Light gauge steel systems offer a strong, quality product and a fast and easy building process. Constructing with steel results in unmatched strength in a structure’s ability to withstand wind loads, weathering, water impacts, and interior dead loads. The final quality of a steel structure is quickly recognizable: all corners are square, floors are level, and walls are straight and plum. Light gauge steel roof trusses are fabricated to exact measurements, avoiding the mold/mildew attack, dry rot, humidity, termite damage, and eventual roof leaks wood roof trusses are prone to. The consistency of light gauge steel structures also allows finishes to be standardized and installed more efficiently, including dorm frames, window frames, trim work, cabinets, countertops, plumbing, and electrical work. This standardization and the lightweight nature of light gauge steel leads to cost efficiency in the form of bulk discounts and lower foundation costs. A light gauge steel building can also be designed and erected in a matter of months, not years, so the return on your investment is realized faster and common delays that erode developer profits are minimized.
The benefits of light gauge steel systems do not stop at the investing developer. The introduction of a new technologically advanced building construction method into a developing country results in the creation of new jobs and new trades for locals that offer higher pay. Local workers can easily be trained to learn how to fabricate, panelize, and erect light gauge steel structures and engineers and architects can be trained to design building systems using light gauge steel. Constructing buildings with light gauge steel is also more logical and standard when it comes to interior finishes, mechanical/electrical/plumbing installation, kitchens, and bathrooms. As a result, a work force can be trained in a much shorter period of time, becoming proficient at accelerated work producing a high quality product.
The EE&G light gauge steel system is used for building schools and universities in Africa. Please visit EE&G Africa for more information.