4 Distinguishing Characteristics of Steel Buildings
The popularity of steel buildings has increased in the recent years. Part of this popularity is related to the cost and efficiency benefits in selecting this material. Steel building cost is competitive and usually less than traditional stick, brick and wood- built structures.
Additionally, the structures can be built in less time and resources than the other materials, making steel one of the greatest material choices for a wide variety of projects. Another advantage to using steel as a main material is the potential lower insurance cost and premiums because of its durability and resistance properties.
Here are some of the other advantages and reasons why choosing to construct a steel building is a great option.
1. Unique characteristics
Steel has special benefits and characteristics which make it a better option for structures over other materials. In terms of weight, steel frames are lighter than wood. Steel I-beams weigh less than Parallam or LVL beams and in terms of shipping they are also more cost-efficient. Steel is also a very versatile material as it can be molded into almost any shape. This last characteristic makes it a great option for architects, designers and construction crews for any project. Finally, its durability makes it easier to create and construct large structures like hangers, warehouses and even skyscrapers. Its weight, cost, versatility and durability makes steel a unique material that adapts to the needs of any project.
As mentioned before, steel is one of the most durable construction materials in the market. For this reason, the cost of maintenance is low and can substantially decrease fees, repairs and replacements of the project. According to material and construction researchers, construction projects can save up to 5 times more in maintenance with a steel structure than with the other common materials. The lifetime of the structure is one variable to consider when constructing it. Having a low cost of maintenance is usually not considered when deciding the benefits of each material, though saving on maintenance can greatly reduce the long-term cost of your project.
3. Strength and Sustainability
Steel is one of the strongest materials in the construction market. The steel components can resist more weight than any other material, which makes it more resistant and durable. Given the characteristics of the project, there must be consideration given to the strength-to-weight-ratio. In addition, steel is probably one of the most sustainable materials in the world. Globally, there is more than 85 million tons of steel recycled annually. This does not include new industry and government initiatives to increase and make constructions more sustainable and environment-friendly. One of the key factors to consider about steel is that it can be recycled without ever compromising its integrity, strength and characteristics, making a durable and resistant material even when recycled. This is a great consideration for the entire lifecycle of a building or project that is made with steel.
4. Element resistance
Resistance to the elements is also a key advantage of steel. The material is wind and fire resistance, which can be a major benefit in terms of safety and reliability of the project. Due its ductility, which is the ability to bend without breaking, steel can withstand high winds and heavy snow loads. Additionally, steel is a better fire resistant that other common materials. This means that steel structures will reduce the speed of fire spread through the building in counterpart of other materials as wooden beams or a pole barn, for example. Being resistant to snow, wind, fire and seismic activities also gives an additional benefit, which is the reduction or minor fee for insurance and premiums on policies.