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Uncovering the True Cost of Building Materials: Evaluating Longevity, Durability and Resilience of Metal Compared to Other Options

john kenney - cotney - influencer - building materials
May 15, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

MCS Influencer John Kenney shares his expert insights into choosing the right metal building materials.

Any building construction is a significant investment, and selecting the right building materials is crucial to ensure the project's success. When evaluating materials, it's essential to consider the true cost over the building's expected lifespan. This includes factors such as durability, longevity and resilience. We will discuss how these factors apply when comparing metal to other building materials. By understanding these considerations, you can decide which building material offers the best value for your project. 

  1. Define the project scope and objectives: The first step is identifying the building project's specific goals and requirements. Determine what is being constructed, the intended use and the desired lifespan of the building. Understanding these factors will help guide the selection of building materials. 
  2. Identify the available building materials: Once the project scope and objectives have been established, research the various building materials available on the market. These may include steel, aluminum, synthetic and others. Determine the cost of each material, including installation and maintenance costs. 
  3. Evaluate the longevity of the materials: Consider how long each material is expected to last before requiring replacement or significant repairs. Metal is known for its longevity, with some metal roofing systems lasting up to 50 years or more. At the same time, other materials may require more frequent maintenance or replacement. 
  4. Assess the durability of the materials: Consider the durability of each material under different weather conditions and environmental factors. For example, metal is resistant to extreme weather conditions, fire and pests.  
  5. Analyze the resilience of the materials: Determine how well each material can withstand wear and tear, impacts and other stresses. Metal is known for its resilience and ability to withstand harsh environments. Others may be more prone to damage. 
  6. Consider the cost savings over the life of the building: Compare the cost of each material, including installation and maintenance costs, over the expected lifespan of the building. This will help determine which material offers the best value over time. 
  7. Make a decision: Based on the above factors, decide which materials to use. Consider the long-term benefits of using a durable, resilient material like metal that can significantly save costs over time. 

In conclusion, evaluating the true cost of materials is critical when planning a construction project. By considering factors such as longevity, durability and resilience, you can decide which material offers the best value over the building's or roof's expected lifespan. When comparing metal to other building materials, it's clear that metal's strength and durability make it an excellent choice for many building projects. With a long lifespan and low maintenance requirements, metal offers significant cost savings over time. By following this plan and carefully considering these factors, you can make a wise investment in the future of your construction project. 

John Kenney is the CEO of Cotney Consulting GroupSee his full bio here.



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