Steel has been utilised in construction since the very first skyscraper was built in the 19th century. But, steel has recently become an option for smaller buildings and even for residences. Using steel has many advantages:
Steel is known to be a “green” product that is entirely recyclable. In fact, builders are able to buy recycled steel for a new building.
This material offers the strength that is unavailable for buildings with brick walls and wooden frames. Steel does not warp, twist or bend and is extremely flexible and easy to install. Because of the increasing quality and ease of maintenance steel brings, it is an attractive building material. It is resistant to mildew, a plague that afflicts with wood frame buildings, Steel buildings are sturdy enough to resist the damage caused by natural disasters, such as hurricanes, extreme weather, earthquakes and more. Because steel is extremely durable, the owner of the building could get a better insurance deal.
Steel’s durability and strength compared to wood results in architects having more flexibility in designing steel buildings. Constructing a building with steel has a few drawbacks, however, steel is a lot more costly than traditional materials. In order to make a steel building energy efficient, it requires added insulation because of the material conducts cold and heat more than conventional materials. If a building is not designed well, it is prone to corrosion.
The trick to building with steel is finding a contractor who is experienced in using this material. On the other hand, building with steel is a valuable investment if one is spending the money up front.
If you are looking for well-designed quality steel structures of any size, we believe SM Structures is the starting point with only the finest commercial grade South African made prime steel, our professional engineers design the most durable steel structures. We provide simple, hassle free building solutions to our clients. There are a number of reasons why customers turn to us for their steel structure project development needs. We take pride in supplying the best steel structure designed to meet your needs.