"We are using and distributing the Dietrich steel floor system and have found it enjoys several advantages over wood: It won't rot, it won't burn, termites don't eat it, and the floor system is lighter, stronger, constantly stable and has a greater weight-to-strength ratio than wood," added Gary Feazell, co-owner with Danny Feazell of Roanoke, Va. -based Premium Steel Building Systems, a supplier of steel trusses, insulated steel wall systems and steel floor systems.
...As owner of F&S Building & Remodeling Corp., Gary Feazell is also an end-user of residential steel construction.He
is currently building five homes using the TradeReady® Floor System and observes that the system is highly cost-competitive with wood.
"In terms of price, we've found that when using longer spans, steel is more reasonable, whereas with shorter spans, wood remains more economical," said Feazell
As for getting fellow builders interested in the use of steel components in residential construction, Feazell
said the biggest obstacle is getting them used to the idea of switching over.
"The biggest drawback we've found when we talk to other builders is their resistance to change," he
Danny and Gary Feazell
, partners in Premium Steel Building Systems
, are out to revolutionize the way building is done.
"The residential market is long past due in the development and use of new systems for the home," says Gary Feazell
."It's time we woke up and realized there are other materials better than wood."
The two men are Virginia's first supplier of total steel housing components, which include floor systems, wall systems, and roof and floor trusses.Both men, partners in other construction firms are convinced the time is right for a new push in steel building, long the standard for commercial and infrastructure construction.
"There are a number of homes at Smith Mountain Lake that were constructed with steel," points out Feazell
, "and currently one at The Boardwalk and another at West Lake are under construction."He
believes there are practical reasons steel is finally coming into its own on the residential side.
"When you go to the lumber yard for wood, you have to cull half to get what you want," he