Companies Across Canada are Choosing Steel Buildings

When a business decides it’s time to expand, there are questions that need to be answered: Will my building be temporary or permanent? Will my new building be custom-made or a pre-fabricated structure? How do I find a reputable steel buildings supplier  who can professionally help me to navigate the process?

Naturally, the answers to these questions will depend largely on the nature of the business, and each business owner will answer them differently. But when it comes to the material, Canadian business owners have overwhelmingly chosen to go with steel buildings. And here’s why:

In general, a metal building cost is lower than the equivalent in lumber or brick. When it comes to steel building cost, business owners often find that there is no comparison. Not only is the construction more economical, faster and less messy, but the maintenance of steel buildings is also much less expensive, meaning that steel buildings cost stays low even when measured over the course of many years.

The cost isn’t the only factor that make steel buildings an attractive option for business owners. Steel buildings are very easily customizable – meaning that your business can benefit from a unique-looking building which is scalable as you expand further. For many Canadian businesses, steel buildings offer the flexibility to grow their buildings with their business.

And while steel building cost remains low, the building itself will often last for generations, meaning that it will not need to be replaced – avoiding further expense down the road! Metal is one of the strongest materials used in the construction industry, which means that your building will still be standing when buildings made from other materials may require serious upkeep.

For Canadians, steel buildings also offer fantastic weather-proof solutions. Our winters can be tough, and right across the country, business owners in a range of industries – from oil & gas to education or agriculture, have found that steel buildings offer highly resistant buildings that withstand even the very worst of Canadian weather. Steel itself resists mould growth, which can be highly damaging for buildings and spread dangerous toxins. Furthermore, it is extremely easy to fit insulation to a steel building, making it a very simple building to winter-proof, and far more energy efficient than other types of buildings.

Finally, the customisable and versatile nature of metal buildings also makes them highly attractive to Canadian businesses looking to expand. While other kinds of buildings may face restraints in their building because of the weight they are able to handle, metal buildings are strong enough to deliver a greater number of options. If you need a wide open space, without beams – metal buildings can deliver.

In short, why are Canadian business owners deciding to opt for steel buildings? The price is one major factor! Steel buildings prices have always been more economical than traditional building methods – but that’s not all. There are many other reasons why a steel building is a great option.

If you’re looking for a steel building supplier to help you in your business expansion, contact Zentner Steel Buildings today.
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Rigid Insulation vs laminated batt

Rigid Insulation vs laminated batt

San Diego, California is widely reputed to have one of the best climates of any city in the world with over 300 sunny days per year and average winter temperatures of around 13 degrees. Unfortunately, for most Canadians, this kind of climate is not a reality, so if you’re considering installing a new steel building in Canada, you’ll have to think seriously about insulation.


Insulation is one of the most important features of your steel building construction. It not only regulates the temperature inside your steel building – increasing energy efficiency and helping to conserve non-renewable energy sources, but it also helps to prevent moisture from entering inside the structure, protecting your assets and avoiding unwanted water damage.


The two types of insulation


Whether you’re building a brand new steel building, or retrofitting insulation on an existing structure, there are a few different types of insulation that you could consider, but for most steel buildings the choice is between rigid insulation or laminated batt (fibreglass). There are a few ways you could approach your insulation:


You could just look at R-value – the higher the value, the greater the insulating power. R-values range from R-1 (a piece of wood) to R-32 (top quality insulation). So you could make a decision based purely on how well it will protect your building and its contents from the cold.


Or you could just look at price – with rolls of laminated batt (fibreglass) costing roughly half the cost of rigid insulation, you would certainly save money if you opted for fibreglass. As an example, take a look at the chart below which shows the difference in price for installing steel building insulation:



Material R-Value Price for 100 sq metres
Laminated batt (fibreglass) R-28 $XXX
Rigid Insulation R-28 $XXX


But before you go ahead and choose on either one of these qualities alone, it’s worth considering how the two can work together to provide an optimal thermal protection whilst making economic savings wherever possible. Read on for more information which will help you to make the best decisions for your steel building insulation.


Rigid insulation


Rigid insulation comes in several different types, and varying insulating ability. Sometimes called “foam board”, it’s made from expanded polystyrene (EPS), extruded polystyrene (XPS), or polyisocyanurate. It is often covered with a foil coating to further improve insulating performance.


Advantages of rigid insulation:

  • Very readily available and easy to install even on large surfaces such as outside walls
  • Withstands moisture very well without cracking or deforming
  • Provides excellent soundproofing as well as thermal insulation
  • Excellent as a floor insulating material
  • Straightforward insulation, with no special equipment necessary


Disadvantages of rigid insulation:

  • Compared with fibreglass, rigid insulation has a relatively low R-value meaning it is not as good at trapping in the heat
  • Rigid insulation tends to be more expensive than fibreglass

Laminated batt (fibreglass) insulation


Fibreglass insulation can often be identified as “the pink stuff”. Giant rolls or individual batts (unrolled pieces) of spun fibreglass contain tens of millions of air pockets which provide high value thermal insulation. This insulation packs a punch in terms of protection from the cold and has other advantages too.


Advantages of laminated batt (fibreglass) insulation

  • High R-value meaning excellent temperature regulation
  • Far less expensive per square metre than rigid insulation (around half the price)
  • Flexible to fit around vents and wall bracing


Disadvantages of laminated batt (fibreglass) insulation

  • Fibreglass is an irritant, so precaution must be taken when installing
  • All of those tiny air-trapping holes can also trap moisture, so fibreglass can’t be used anywhere where moisture could be present
  • Fibreglass doesn’t provide the soundproofing of rigid insulation


In conclusion: Partners not competitors


With the widely fluctuating temperatures and atmospheric features we have in Canada, it’s extremely important to make sure that your steel building is well-insulated. Whether you’re thinking of an agricultural steel building, commercial or industrial – you need to ensure that the external weather conditions don’t negatively impact your assets. So making smart choices for insulation is key.


When it comes to deciding between rigid foam and laminated batt (fibreglass) it’s best to think about your building’s various requirements and how the two types of insulation can work together to provide the features you need. For external and internal walls, which may require soundproofing alongside thermal regulation, a rigid board of insulation could be the best choice. When it comes to your roof, consider laminated batt (fibreglass) insulation, as this can offer savings alongside superior R-value insulation.


For a complete quotation on retrofitting your existing steel building, or to discuss the insulation requirements of a new steel building, get in touch with Zentner Steel Buildings today.

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Zentner Steel Building Ltd. Launched Its New Partnership With “Food For The Hungry”.

With each steel building project Zentner Steel Building Ltd. work on, it put its all into it. Zentner Steel Building Ltd. searched for a way to give back through its work – and it chooses to do that through child sponsorship. Through its partnership with “Food For The Hungry”,  Zentner steel building Ltd. is able to bring hope and new opportunities to a child and their family. A ten year child sponsorship through “Food For The Hungry” will allow the organization to work with an entire community to change the way they see themselves and become self -sufficient as a community. When you partner with Zentner Steel Buildings Ltd. for your new steel building, you can be sure that you are working with a company with the intention to leave a lasting and positive mark on the world.

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The Advantages of a Steel Barn to a Pole Wood Framed Barn

The Advantages of a Steel Barn to a Pole Wood Framed Barn

Remember the story of the three little pigs?

Each one built a house – one of straw, one of wood, and one of bricks. And then the villain wolf came and got huffing and puffing and blowing down houses.

If you’re thinking of building a new barn for your agricultural business you might feel like one of those little pigs.

How do you decide which material to use?!

In modern day agriculture, wolves are not the main concern. But if you’re planning to build a barn that will allow your business to grow, or provide a safe storage place for livestock, equipment, material or crops, then you will want to make sure that your barn can withstand other threats – notably the weather and environmental conditions.

Commonly, barns are either made of pole wood frames or steel.

When it comes to building a barn – there are so many reasons why steel buildings in Canada stand up better!

Here are just a few of the main reasons why you’re better off going with steel:

Steel Is Ideal For Canadian Weather
Structures in Canada need to be able to withstand all of the harsh, extreme weather that we experience. From six months of frozen ground, to thawing and re-freezing, and scorching hot summers.

Pole wood frame barns, which extend their wooden columns into the ground, are simply not the right material to withstand these extremes. As a porous material, the wood can expand and contract as the water enters the pole, leaving vulnerable spots and weak points in your structure.

Steel framed barns, on the other hand, provide a cost-effective way to withstand the elements. Not only do steel columns stand up far better to the freezing and thawing of the ground, but as we’ll see, they also carry a greater snow load, so you have greater confidence that your steel barn will be able to withstand even the snowiest Canadian winter!

Steel Offers Increased Durability
As a natural, degradable material, wood rots. Even treated wood will eventually give in to its natural properties and degenerate into the soil. Ultimately this means you’ll be spending more on maintenance and repairs with a wooden pole building. This is why insuring a wooden pole barn is often more expensive than insuring a steel barn in Canada – insurance companies know that steel barns are simply more long lasting!

If you’re looking for a barn that will last you for generations to come, then a steel building has all of the durability that you’ll need. With steel frames, you don’t need to worry about groundwater or below-ground ice penetrating the columns. You can also be confident that sheets of steel are 100% waterproof and will not grow mould – meaning that everything inside your steel building remains dry and free of mould.

Steel is also far more effective at load bearing than wood. This means that over the years, as snow piles up in the winter and exerts a downwards force on your building, a steel frame barn will stand up to the weight far better than a wood frame.

Choose Steel For Speed of Building
Unlike wooden pole buildings, steel buildings can be entirely pre-fabricated in the factory and delivered to your business to be installed. While a wooden pole barn could take a week or more to build, Zentner Steel Buildings is able to put up a pre-fabricated steel building in just a few days.

If you’re looking to expand your business with a new building, you’ll get there quicker with steel!

Steel Offers Increased Sanitation
Building materials that are derived from plants are highly susceptible to mould growth. Given the huge fluctuations in temperatures and air conditions in Canada, we are particularly vulnerable to a high number of various moulds that grow on wood.

When inhaled by humans or livestock, some mould spores can cause irreparable damage to the lungs and airways.

When mould is allowed to grow on materials or crops, this can cause financial devastation and eradicate thousands of dollars of profit.

Steel buildings in Canada are far more protected from mould than wooden pole structures. Unless there is a layer of organic material, mould simply cannot grow on steel. This makes a steel building far more sanitary and a safer environment for you, your livestock and your equipment.

When it comes to building a new barn for your agricultural business, it’s sometimes tough to decide between different materials. While steel buildings are sometimes more expensive at the outset, for agricultural businesses in Canada, the long term savings are enormous when compared to the upkeep and repair costs of a wooden pole building.

In conclusion, while wooden pole buildings are sometimes chosen for cost saving reasons, they often end up costing more over the years. Those extra costs come from the wear and tear inflicted by the Canadian winter as well as increased maintenance costs often associated with wooden pole buildings. Steel buildings in Canada offer a sturdy and long-lasting alternative that also protects against mold and other hazards that can be dangerous to staff and livestock.

For more information about how Zentner Steel Buildings can help you grow your agricultural business, or to discuss your ideas, Contact us today.

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