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Constructing with Steel
Benefits of Constructing with Steel
Building a building or other structure using steel has a number of different benefits. These benefits are in part why steel has become the most common metal used in construction in the industrial, commercial, and even residential industries. While steel has dominated the industrial and commercial sectors for quite some time, it’s only been comparatively recent that it has been used in residential buildings to such a degree. Here are a few reasons why.
It’s Very Durable
Steel is one of the most durable metals around, and it’s much more durable than wood. Because of this, it’s often used in skyscrapers and other large buildings. It’s stronger than wood, isn’t going to be damaged by termites or water, and won’t be damaged by a fire. It can also withstand earthquakes due to the fact that it is both very strong and actually lighter than many other building materials.
Steel can be used in a number of ways that wood and other materials cannot. One example of this flexibility is that ceiling joists made from steel allow the metal to span larger distances than wood can. This means architects can create large, open spaces without worrying about where to place the support columns. This flexibility has led to the creation of some of the most unique buildings in the world.
It’s Good for the Environment
Everyone wants to be environmentally friendly these days, even construction companies. Using steel is one way of doing this because a very large amount of steel is recycled. The purchase and recycling of steel scrap is a major business. It’s not uncommon for 70 million tons of steel to be recycled in a year, and in the US, more than 60 percent of all steel used is recycled. This is because steel does not lose any of its strength or durability when recycled, so it can be used over and over. Steel vehicle frames, cans, appliances, and structural supports are all recycled yearly. A study shows that a ton of recycled steel can save iron ore (2,500 pounds), coal (1,400 pounds),and limestone (120 pounds).
Steel is Affordable
Steel is very affordable. Buildings that are on a budget may look for steel over some other building materials simply because it’s cost effective. It’s also very easy and quick to use steel in construction, resulting in shorter time frames. Because of how simple it is to build, steel can be used by almost any workforce.