• Ella Townsend


Updated: Mar 28

When you think of structural steel, you will often think of never-ending skyscrapers, large architectural buildings and even garages but structural steel can be used throughout many other construction projects. The use of structural steel can even make a building look attractive as well as making the project sustainable, affordable and durable.

These are just a handful of the advantages which come hand in hand with using steel framed construction. As steel is incredibly versatile, it has led to its inclusion in nearly every stage of the construction process. We have gathered some of the advantages of using structural steel:

1 – Steel is lighter than wood

This may be surprising because if you weighed 2×4 piece of wood and 2×4 piece of steel, the steel would weigh more because of its density. However, when steel is used in framing, the design of the beam will cause it to be lighter than a wood beam design.

Additionally, it can decrease the labour which is required to build with steep, because of its lighter-weight it reduces material shipping costs, and can also help to simplify the design of the buildings foundation, which will reduce project budgets.

2 – You can build faster with steel

When working on a project, timing is essential as there is always a deadline. However, if a project is rushed, it can become a nightmare for architects and the building team as when shortcuts are made, the affects can be disastrous. However, this is avoided when using steel.

The steel parts are pre-engineered to a specific design, so they will be ready to be erected. This speeds up the construction time significantly, making it possible to complete large-scale projects in a matter of weeks.

3 – Steel is versatile

Steel is incredibly versatile as it can be moulded into virtually any shape, which makes it an attractive option for both residential and commercial builds. Architects will let their artistic imaginations run wild, while still having the ability to design and construct a building that is both safe and strong. This same durability is what also allows for the versatile design of large, clear span buildings such as warehouses, agricultural buildings and indoor arenas.

4 – It’s environmentally friendly

Steel can be recycled at the end its lifespan, making it an environmentally friendly choice. Steel benefits from having a high fundamental value which is supported by a well-developed and efficient scrap collection infrastructure. It can be recycled at the end of life to dorm products which are the same, or higher stand and quality as the original material.

5 – It can save you money

Many of the savings will be gained from reduced labour costs and decreased construction time. However, building with steel can also save money in many other ways.

As said above, steel can be recycled. Rather than paying landfill fees for non-recyclable construction waste, you will be able to recycle steel and metal building components.

Because steel is durable, it requires so little maintenance, making it a more economic choice for building owners. Maintenance fees, repairs and replacements are minimal; even over the course of 50 years, it can save building owners tens of thousands of pounds over the course of the building’s lifetime.

Due to a steel being a strong structure it has the ability to withstand high winds, fire and other elements. With this combined with their resistance to pests like woodworm, dry rot and decay, insurance companies often offer lower premiums on policies underwritten for metal buildings.

With these advantages of steel in mind, it is important to choose a specialist steel fabricators company. Whether steel is used on a residential property or commercial, using it can reap some great advantages especially when compared to timber.

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