Steel Structures for Farmers

Until recently farmers have always built their barns and buildings using a wooden timber frame and high quality woods, however, now more farmers are starting to realise the benefits of using steel structures and so more agricultural building are being made from steel. Steel is extremely durable and versatile, as such it can be used to make pretty much any agricultural structure you can think of, including, but not limited to: Stables Lambing sheds Hay Barns Maintenance Buildings Tool Sheds General Storage Storage Facilities Vehicle shed/garage And for larger farms: Workshops Showrooms College and School buildings Helicopter / Aircraft Hangers Factories   Benefits of agricultural steel buildings There are a number of benefits to using steel instead of the traditional wooden structure, saving farmers time and money in constructing and maintaining their agricultural structures. Steel structures span the distance of time much better than any other materials, unlike wood it is not susceptible to things like mould or termites that could severely weaken the structure.  Steel is unaffected by climate change and the weather, unlike other structures that can become brittle when exposed to continuous hot and cold temperatures.  Furthermore, steel structures do not bend or buckle, they do not rot or distort, and therefore they are easier to maintain and last much longer.   Steel is much more resistant to fire, it can be exposed to high temperatures without being affected, furthermore, it is not a material that helps to spread fires and smoke, such as wood. The best way to protect flammable stock, such as hay and dry crop, is to store them in a fire proof building.   Steel structures are much easier to clean, because of this they can be used to house more animals, such as cattle and poultry.   Steel buildings are more cost effective, not only do they last longer and better protect your stock, machinery and animals therefore saving money, but they are light weight and as a result fewer workers are required to erect the structure, saving money on labour.   Steel frame structures include infill walls, which is insulation in the frame itself, this offers certain benefits in terms of noise reduction, thermal insulation and vibration reduction.   Steel can be recycled and made into other steel structures, therefore it is considered to be very environmentally friendly.   Steel structures can be added to, expanded or improved upon at...

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The benefits of using steel structures

Steel structures are becoming increasingly popular and widely used in the construction industry, this is owing to the many advantages that steel has over other materials which have been used to build structures, such as wooden frameworks.  Here are some of the benefits steel has over other materials:   The installation process is easier Steel structures are specifically engineered so that they fit together without requiring any additional fasteners.  This means that the process is much easier and fewer workers are required to erect the structure as there is much less cutting and hammering of planks required.   Steel is cost efficient Manufacturing your structure using steel can be cost effective as the process produces much less waste of materials (and time), and steel does not need to be treated with chemicals like materials such as wood does.  Furthermore, because fewer workers are needed, the money spent on wages will be reduced. Steel is safer A steel structure is much safer than say a wooden frame, for a start steel is much more flame resistant, it can withstand higher temperatures before it starts to become affected, whereas a wooden frame would spread the fire quickly throughout the entire structure.  Furthermore, steel is not affected by things like termites or mould, which can severely impact upon how structurally sound the building is.   Steel lasts longer Unlike other materials that age and weaken as time goes by, steel remains strong and sturdy, it is resistant to corrosion and is not impacted by changes in climate.   Steel is durable Due to steel being a very strong material, it can be used to make larger scale and/or heavier structures.  Steel is not susceptible to buckling, distorting, rotting or rotating like other materials because it is more durable.  Though steel is stronger than most materials, it weighs less, and so it easier to handle and construct with.   Steel meets vibration performance criteria Whereas some structures made from materials such as wood need to be modified in order meet the required vibration performance criteria, steel often does not.  For most structures, such as office blocks, no modifications need to be made to steel structures in order to meet these requirements, meaning steel structures become even more cost efficient.   Steel meets acoustic performance criteria Steel frame structures include infill walls, offering the perfect solution for providing insulation by placing it within the...

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Fireproofing your Steel Structure

Steel is one of the most fire resistant materials, it is naturally non-combustible and can withstand most temperatures.  However, steel will lose about 50% of its load holding capacity as temperatures reach 1100 degrees Fahrenheit, i.e. the temperatures you might find in a fire, thus making the building weaker and less structurally sound. If insulated, encased and fireproofed correctly, the temperature of the steel can be kept below the point at which the strength of the steel is compromised. There are a number of ways in which a steel structure can be ‘reinforced’ to better protect it against a fire, here are some of the options available: Underside and beam protection:  part of the encasement system this offers up to 180 minutes protection against fire, helping to protect any people that may be above the fire in the building Fire spreading preventatives: Flexible barriers can be installed into the steel structure that help to prevent smoke and fire spreading within the voids of the ceiling and walls of the building to provide fire protection from 15 to 120 minutes. Friction fitted fire slabs may also be installed to fill any voids and provide an hour of fire protection, limiting the heat transfer through walls and the ceiling. Specially designed boards can be used to seal service penetrations in floors and walls to provide up to 4 hours of heat resistance. Fire stopping sealant should be used to fill any gaps in the structure of the walls and ceiling. Cladded beams offer fire protection for up to 4 hours, helping to prevent beams from buckling and collapsing. Cavity barriers are used in ceilings and roofs to prevent the spread of fire and smoke by insulating rooms and containing the fire, protecting joining rooms from the rising temperatures. Intumescent Paint: steel and woodwork can be painted, a thin coating of intumescent paint will protect steel for 2 hours and woodwork for up to an hour.  The paint protects the steel and woodwork by expanding to 50 times its size when it comes into contact with a fire, creating a thick and insulating ‘char’ layer.  The more paint that is applied, the thicker the ‘char’ layer will be. Automatic fire and smoke curtains: linked to the fire alarm to become operational when there is a fire, these curtains help to prevent the spread of smoke and heat. Though steel is strong, when...

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