Stick Structures vs Container Structures

Structural construction forms in recent times have taken different dimensions from the conventional traditional approach of concrete, steel and block-work which have prevailed for centuries. These new approaches to construction have eased the process to acquisition and owning of homes worldwide and with the surge in patronage, they seem to have proffered the future more convenient ways of building the world.

Pros – Various number of reasons account for why stick/wooden structures and shipping container homes dominate today's constructions sites today. Stick/wooden structures amass over 80% construction of modern day homes in the United States as a result of, its relative abundance of wood and its low cost, even in its method of construction; its flexibility which allows for customizing components; its allowance for easy modification due to the assembling method applied in its construction; and most significantly, for their attributes as great insulators.

While the number of reasons accounting for the merits of shipping container homes include

It is more  cost effective in comparison in regards to nature and affordability compared to the cost of erecting a traditional structure of same size; its ability to withstand and regulate harsh temperature conditions of ocean shipment; its strength and ability to bear loads; and most importantly, easy conversion method which could be done by even the clients themselves with the readily available equipment. 

Cons- However, the disadvantages of stick/wooden and shipping container buildings also abound as much as benefits. Instances include of demerits of shipping container homes include:

  • The composition of hazardous chemicals such as phosphorus, chromatic, and lead-based paints in the coatings applied to the container against rusting; 
  • The composition of harmful chemicals such as arsenic and chromium pesticides on wood floors. 
  • Its conversion process of floor replacement, bare sandblasting, and creating of openings with the use of a flame torch or fireman's saw. 
  • It contains narrow and limited living and working spaces, especially when internal insulation are adjoined.
  • Combination of two or more boxes in the quest for more space is cost and energy consuming

While the demerits of stick/wood building include:

  • In the construction process of frames and application of panels, large wastes of lumber is prevalent, resulting to relatively high cost and heavy loss to the client. 
  • Stick/wood buildings constitute higher rates of risks than other building forms, as they seem to be fire resistant structures.
  • They have less load-bearing capacity, and are less durable than other forms of structures.
  • They restrict aesthetics given their inability to withstand weights of certain roof patterns.
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