Q Cabin Kits are an all steel structure that are eco-friendly, fire resistant and structurally superior to wood frame homes. The prefabricated steel framing offers many advantages over traditional wood framing.
Let’s start by comparing the material list and length of construction time to achieve a dried in shell for a 1,400 sqft conventionally framed home versus the 1,400 sqft Mountaineer Q Cabin Kit.
The 1400 sqft conventionally framed home has over 2,000 individual components that all must be cut to length (then cut to the right length), positioned, and fastened.
Each one of these 6000 tasks takes expensive field labor to achieve.
The average conventionally framed home takes 4-6 weeks of labor billing for a 4 man crew. The tool list required to achieve this is almost as long as the material list. Framing subcontractors come loaded for bear with trailers of tools. Each tool needing to be taken out and put away every day.
A factory setting like the Q Cabin Kits are built in is over 75% more time efficient than field construction. Prefabrication is the way of the future for all construction.
A 1,400 sqft prefabricated Mountaineer Q Cabin Kit has exactly 130 field components and can be installed in 7 days by a 4 man crew.
A Q Cabin Kit including the canvas ceiling option and the spiral staircase option can save over 1000 hours of expensive and slow field labor.
Q Cabin Kits are field inspected by local building officials the same as their wood counterpart.
Next let’s compare the environmental features of the conventional wood framed home vs the all steel construction of the Q Cabin Kits.
The average conventional wood framed home consumes 15,000 board ft of lumber or 30 average sized trees. The Q Cabin Kits do use some wood, about 500 board ft or 1 average sized tree.
Our all steel construction including roof, walls, and floor are composed of over 50% recycled steel.
Q Cabin Kits are a more sustainable way to build and will outlast their wood counterpoints by decades.
Metal wall cavities do not harbor molds and are not susceptible to pests like termites.
Once mold has established itself in a wood wall cavity it will never go away, and keep in mind molds are the number one cause of unhealthy interior environments.
The cost of routine pest control adds up and structural termite damage can be catastrophic.
Finally, let’s compare the quality of field wood framing versus prefabricated steel framing.
I think it is quite obvious that today’s lumber is substandard. It comes to the jobsite wet and ready to twist. The cull rate on a bunk of stud material is 20%. Most lumber yards will replace that 20% but what a waste of material and time.
If you laid a steel stud and a wood stud in a field you would see in about a week that the wood stud is unusable and that after 20 years the metal stud would still be straight and strong.
It is nothing for a wood framed building to have a 1/2″ difference in the center plain of 2 studs right next to each other.
This results in terrible finishes that cause problems for the lifetime of the house.
When a problem arises with a wood framed wall like cracked sheetrock or stuck windows and doors it is always blamed on shrinking lumber that is drying out as the house ages its first year.
That same wet wood is making mold inside the wall cavity that worsens for the entire life of the house.
The Q Cabin Kit walls are perfectly straight and true and remain that way forever.
As you can see, there are all sorts of really good reasons to choose prefabricated steel framing when it comes time to build your next home.
You can see all of the benefits of choosing an option like Q Cabins Kits on the home page.
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