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 frame itself. This gives excellent thermal properties as well as ensuring that the structure meets the required acoustic performance criteria.

 

Steel is environmentally friendly

Due to the fact that steel can be multi-cycled, it is extremely friendly to the environment.  Whenever a steel frame is demolished, the remains can be re-used to create a brand new steel structure, globally 50% of new steel production comes from recycled steel.

 

Steel is modern

Because steel is so flexible in comparison to other materials, it enables more architects to build their unique and complex new structures, something they wouldn’t be able to do using wooden frames. Furthermore, due to the fact that steel is becoming widely used and popular, it is ever advancing, more research is being placed in making steel the ultimate material and more effort is being made in education people about the importance and the uses of steel.

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