Benefits of Steel

One of the most popular materials used in construction today, steel plays a vital role in controlling construction costs while helping the industry achieve its sustainability goals. Steel offers a number of unique benefits and significant advantages over many other construction materials!

Economic Benefits

  • Steel materials offer long-term fiscal benefits due to their superior malleability, adaptability, and durability.
  • A steel building is delivered at the time of construction, so you don’t need to pay to store materials that take up space for an extended duration.
  • Steel supplies are easily updated and modernized, whether you are looking to extend the lifespan of the building or simply to expand.
  • Faster, efficient, and error-free construction means that the building is more likely to be finished on, or ahead of schedule, which translates to lower labour costs and a faster ROI for the investor.

Social Benefits

  • Steel buildings are light and airy, and have the capacity to create a spacious setting that is pleasing and comfortable to work or live in.
  • Offsite fabrication leads to a clean, safe, and quiet construction site, while maintaining a stable workforce.
  • By utilizing offsite design, engineering, and component fabrication, the materials are transported to the site for quick and efficient assembly. This reduces the job-site footprint.
  • Pre-engineered materials do not create dust or noise at the work-site, reducing pollution and helping to create a safer and healthier workplace.

Environmental Benefits

  • Steel is 100% recyclable, and the materials we use today come almost entirely from recycled steel. Its by-products are used in paints, concrete, plastics, and fertilizers, or as energy resources in the manufacturing of these products.
  • Once produced, steel can be reused and reshaped countless times without weakening or losing its aesthetics. That means when a steel building is demolished, the same materials are used again.
  • Steel can last for decades with minimal maintenance. It's resistant to environmental conditions that pose problems to wood and stone. With proper formulations and coatings, it will not corrode or rust.

Why is Steel Good for Building?

A steel building can be made to suit just about any need, from additional storage space to large workspaces with several rooms inside for people, machinery and other things. Simply put, the benefits of steel construction are numerous. They go up quicker with significantly reduced labour costs than just about any other type of building, and they're also great against the elements since steel requires very minimal maintenance.

Here are some other reasons why you should consider building with steel.

Steel is Available Everywhere

It used to be the case that steel was a luxury reserved for high-rises and other buildings that needed the strength and durability that only steel provided. But today's steel building construction process means that building with steel beams is easier and more accessible than most other types of material. Not only are pre-engineered parts, walls and even entire structures available from various suppliers, but steel buildings are also infinitely customizable, allowing for quick changes to designs and easy additions whenever the need arises.

Steel is Lightweight and Strong

For its weight, steel is also incredibly strong. That makes it easy to transport and build with, but it also makes for much easier teardowns when a building has outlived its usefulness. Much of the steel can be reused as is, or recycled for another purpose, substantially minimizing waste. If you ever need to relocate a steel building for some reason, building with steel means that it can go up and come down much quicker and with less worry than other buildings that are all but impossible to relocate.

Steel is Sustainable

Almost all steel used in steel buildings can be re-used for future construction projects years after a building goes up. Most steel is 100% recyclable, and the steel used today often contains up to a quarter of recycled steel inside - and almost 50% of all steel is recycled at some point for another use. As long as the steel hasn't been damaged in any way, it can be used again in steel construction or another application. If you no longer have use for it, steel can also be sold or recycled for profit, further reducing its cost as a building material.

Steel is Affordable

Due to its efficiency as a durable and strong material, building with steel can greatly reduce the cost of erecting and maintaining a building. And compared to cheaper materials such as wood or concrete, steel hardly ever fails - and it is easily replaced if it does. A comparable building made from materials other than steel may cost less from a raw materials standpoint, but the true cost of ownership is only seen after the building goes up. Since steel buildings have virtually no maintenance concerns and steel is so easy to work with, you'll be able to save a tidy sum just by building with steel.

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