From beautiful contemporary houses to grand bridges and skyscrapers, steel is a popular type of building material for a wide range of structures. It is favored in the construction industry for a variety of reasons. Steel has distinctive qualities like ductility, durability, cost-effective and beauty. Plus, there are several types of steel products for the architects and engineers to use, such as heavy angles, flat bars, tread plates, pipes and structural beams.
Here are a few of the most appealing qualities of using steel in building structures:
Steel is a material that is very adaptable and easily changed or adjusted to match the needs of a particular structure. For instance, the steel wall frames can be altered or repositioned to create the different interior layout or simply to widen the existing space. By adjusting the shape or dimensions, it is possible to make a structure easier to expand and makes its usable lifespan that much longer.
Structures that rely on steel can be built with a large, open-space interior that is mostly free of columns inside the building. Plus, steel is a malleable material which makes it easier to create the more unique shapes and styles of structures. This gives the structural designers a lot of freedom to be creative compared to other less flexible build materials.
The structure built with a steel frame has the ability to stand up to the harsh or extreme weather forces, such as heavy snow, hurricanes, earthquakes and high winds. Plus, it is a material that is not susceptible to rust, fungi, mold, mildew or termites. Wood framed structures easily weaken by bugs or mildew. Also, steel has useful fire-resistant properties.
Steel is a relatively lightweight material compared to other alternatives like timber. The lightweight nature of the material means it is a lot easier to transport to a job site and speeds up the build schedule to significantly save on costs. Plus, this is an energy-efficient material that is easy to recycle and means less raw waste after its usable life has expired.
Steel is a ductile material that will not splinter, warp, clink, rotate, distort, or buckle. However, this material is still quite easy to turn or cut to shape or even rolled to create the more unique and interesting designs. Even when turned into a unique shape, it is still able to maintain its original physical strength.