Yes, You Should Build Your Tiny House with Metal
The tiny house movement that’s been sweeping the nation has captured the imaginations of homeowners young and old.
Why Live in a Tiny House?
Aside from the obvious of being “omg cute,” a tiny house offers you a chance to have the quaint, simplified lifestyle of your dreams. But don’t dismiss them purely on an aesthetic standpoint — there are significant economical and eco-friendly advantages to consider, too.
A tiny house built from metal — steel, specifically — checks all those boxes (and a few more), offering homeowners an idyllic place to rest their heads at night for years to come. Here’s why you should go for the small living lifestyle, and why you want your tiny house built from metal instead of wood.
Steel is a sturdier material than wood.
The attraction toward a tiny house with a wooden frame is understandable. It may have something to do with wood seeming more charming and warm, like the cottages and log cabins from the fairy tales we read as kids. But the fact of the matter is that steel is hands-down the sturdier frame for tiny homes. A steel frame boasts superior stability and resistance to fires, rot, mold, and pests — all things that typical homeowners struggle with from having wood frame housing.
On top of all that, choosing metal studs over wood ones will provide more strength, stability, and security, both immediately and in the long-term. For one, they have a uniform size and shape; you’ll find that wood studs tend to be shaped differently due to warping or breakage, which can make constructing your tiny home a hassle (not to mention the compromised stability down the line).
You’ll spend less in the long run.
It’s no secret that you may end up spending a significantly larger amount on your initial investment for a steel tiny house than a wooden one. But when you look at the costs of upkeep over the years, the superior durability of a steel building will require less repair and maintenance than wood will. Less upkeep means you’re able to make the most of your small space. Better yet, following the philosophy of small living means finding beauty in cutting excess expenses, allowing you to live within your means. A tiny home made from steel helps you achieve that.
Tiny-house tip: If you plan to keep a car on your tiny property, a metal carport makes a great garage alternative that can also be used as extra living space. You’ll save on space AND maintenance in the long term.
Steel is more sustainable.
If you’re considering living in a tiny house, you’re already likely considering the eco-friendly advantages that come with it. Steel is a sustainable material, which means that it can be re-used when it’s reached the end of its lifespan (a noteworthy quality if you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint by living in a mini house).
Where to Start With Your Tiny Home
Want a tiny home of your own but don’t know where to start? Browse our variety of metal building kits and save time with prefabricated steel materials. Or, if you choose, you have have a tiny home custom designed and built for you at your property!