Steel is one of the most popular materials in the construction industry. Many people prefer to work with it for its versatility and strength, allowing it to have various applications.
You can find steel in civil infrastructure, such as buildings, bridges and railroads; and it also has residential and commercial applications. Even structures made from other materials use steel frames as reinforcements.
This may leave you wondering, what is so good about using steel for construction that contract manufacturers use it in most structures? Well, here are some of the practical advantages of using this material.
Among the many metals, steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio, making it one of the strongest materials for construction. It is durable enough to withstand fires, earthquakes, or hurricanes. And unlike wood, steel does not rot, shrink, or grow moulds.
Apart from these, it is resistant to fluctuation in temperatures and they exhibit these qualities by either being immune to scaling at high temperatures or showing immense strength at very low temperatures.
2. Easy to manufacture
Contract manufacturers fabricate the steel parts offsite. The manufacturing takes place in a controlled facility, producing high-quality steel parts with precision that meets global standards.
Around 25% of the material used for construction is from recycled steel, which means that it leaves a smaller environmental footprint than other metals. Manufacturers fabricate these with precision, which generates very little waste that can be damaging to the environment.
Contractors prefer working with steel because it is very affordable to produce and fabricate. A huge portion of steel comes from recycled materials, bringing the cost of manufacturing down. It also lasts long, which also reduces the expenses for maintaining or replacing steel parts in the future.
The construction industry began using steel in the 1700s. However, as manufacturers continue discovering new ways of using steel, it seems this durable, affordable and environment-friendly metal is here to stay.