When building a new structure, whether it is a gymnasium or a barn, a shop or a shed, there are a ton of options to choose from. For example, some traditional materials are brick, wood, and concrete. It may be difficult to decide which one is best. One option to consider for your next building project is steel. It has many advantages which makes it a great choice for a safe, cost-effective building.
1. Advantages of building with steel
Do-it-yourself. While other materials require skilled builders to assemble and create a structure, steel can be put together with just a few hands and a few hours. The structures come with detailed instructions, so setting it up is as easy as 1-2-3.
The price is right. Steel is among the lowest-cost building materials, especially when you take into consideration all of the other positive features it has to offer. For the quality received, the price is unbeatable.
Steel has the upper hand against Mother Nature. Steel can withstand not only the strongest forces of storms and natural disasters, but it will also not be affected by other natural effects like infestations of termites and other structure-weakening pests, or mold and mildew.
Lots of options. You can make anything from a home to a dog house out of steel. Whatever you’re looking to build, it can be built with a steel structure.
2. Disadvantages of building with steel
Of course, nothing is perfect, and steel does have a couple of things to look out for. For instance, steel structures can’t be changed or molded. It comes as it comes and that’s the structure that must be built. Although steel buildings can come in many shapes and sizes, it’s not really possible to get creative later if you’re looking for something different.
Upkeep costs. To ensure your structure remains safe and strong for a long time, you should invest in some coatings that will help with keeping it fire resistant and able to withstand corrosion and rust. These protective treatments need to be kept up regularly.
Without some of those coatings, steel can, over time, succumb to corrosion, rust and fatigue. If this does happen, the building will be less strong and sturdy and could potentially buckle and fall.
3. Recycling steel
Steel is 100% recyclable which means that once a structure – or anything made out of steel – becomes unusable, it can be recycled and made into something new.
It is cheaper to simply recycle steel over and over than to mine iron ore. Which is fine because steel can be recycled over and over again and never lose its strength. In fact, most of the steel you buy has probably already been recycled at least once.
4. Steel is getting better
Not only is steel already a great choice, but it is getting even better with modern technology. Over the past 10 years, steel has become about 30 per cent stronger and is more resistant to dents.
There are also billions of dollars being allocated to try to create even stronger, better, more environmentally friendly steel. In fact, a new advancement in steel is a steel that is much lighter in weight. This has the strength and solidity of any other steel, but weighs significantly less. Because of this, buildings can be constructed using approximately three per cent less steel as compared to 20 years ago.
Steel is one of the most-used materials on the market today. Its many attractive features make it a favourite to use for structures that need to stay strong and stable for many years.