Tiny house, steel or wood?

Tiny house, steel or wood

Tiny house, steel or wood

Steel or wood, your choice!

At Tiny Green Cabins, LLC, we have over 50 years experience building with wood and our 1st tiny house, The Wildflower was built with a wood frame. Since then we developed a niche for building with welded steel parts, we would like to remind everyone that we  still use a wood frame in a lot of our products. A wood frame is faster, easier, requires less time, and costs less in parts as well as fewer man hours.

Wildflower Cabin

Wildflower Cabin

The steel frame of a tiny house is 30% lighter than a comparable wood frame, yet steel has more strength than wood. Wood Tensile strength is rated at 40, while steel tensile strength is rated at 640 and higher, making steel 17x stronger than wood. When a weld is added for connections, the strength is enhanced; much like in an airplane or train.

Steel homes are usually screwed and bolted together, while wood homes are nailed and stapled together. A screws advantage is it does not loosen over time, while a nail will. At Tiny Green Cabins, besides screwing our steel framed tiny houses together, we also weld the connections for added tensile strengths and resistance to loosening from road vibrations while in transit.

Virtually all of steel is from recycled materials and no trees are sawn down or harmed in making of the steel frame.

One of the questions often asked is; which is less expensive?  On a tiny house, wood is less expensive with savings of approximately $2,000 to $4,000 less depending on model. Some of our employees prefer to work with wood, while others like the change of pace with using steel.

For us at Tiny Green Cabins, we consider the bigger impact of liabilities and other potential issues. To us, in viewing the bigger picture, steel is a wiser choice, especially if one is thinking that it will be thinking of relocating quite often.

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2 Responses to “Tiny house, steel or wood?”

  1. Karen Rogers January 15, 2016 at 1:39 am #

    I have drawn a plan (I previously did floor plans for two of our houses and our current tiny home) that is 8′ x 36′ and would like to get an estimate for the cost of building it with a Steele frame, please.

  2. Jim January 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    Please send the plans to jim@tinygreencabins.com
    By the length, is it a 5th wheel design?

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