Steel is so useful and ubiquitous in the construction industry. Many even call it the most widely-used metal for construction.
That’s not steel’s only achievement; it’s also the most recycled material on the planet. It’s cost-effective, eco-friendly, durable, and versatile.
When you’re getting ready to launch an industrial construction project — one focused on building a factory, power plant, warehouse, or another specialized type of structure — these are the exact qualities you need for your project to remain in scope.
More than that: Steel is a perfect building material for industrial construction for several reasons. If you’re building a structure that needs to meet specific regulations, support heavy equipment, and undergo constant use over a long period of time, steel is the way to go.
The Eight Features that Make Steel Uniquely Useful for Industrial Construction
Steel is malleable.
Metals that are malleable can be ‘moved about like dough’ and formed into any shape required for a construction project. This allows contractors the ability to create structural pieces customized to the exact needs of the client and building site. Other metals may offer similar levels of malleability, but without other necessary properties — for example, steel’s strength.
Steel is strong.
As an alloy of carbon and iron, heated to remove impurities and add elements that confer hardness and strength, steel is a material that has been engineered to stay put. It’s less brittle than iron, giving it a high fracture resistance. The tensile strength of steel allows it to endure stress without stretching — a vital property for a building material.
Steel is durable.
Unlike the metals that combine to make steel, steel is able to withstand tough conditions — think: extreme temperatures or rough weather — for a long time. As a result, contractors that use steel can enjoy minimal maintenance for their properties.
Steel looks good.
While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, most designers and architects agree that steel is one of the more aesthetically-appealing materials used for construction. Partially due to steel’s malleability, steel can be used to create clean lines and interesting shapes that result in attractive buildings. Moreover, steel can be paired with concrete, vinyl, glass, and other innovative building materials to produce truly distinctive structures.
Steel is environmentally friendly.
Because steel parts are usually fabricated before use on a construction site, there’s little steel waste created while constructing a new build (as opposed to wood, which is often cut and scrapped locally). The little steel waste a construction team may create can be collected by scrap metal companies that leverage steel’s malleability to create other products. In addition, steel doesn’t lose any of these physical properties after recycling: Even after demolition, steel can be used for another project.
Steel is predictable.
Ask any contractor how much they enjoy surprises during a building project, and you’ll get a sense of how valued this property of steel is. Because factories that make steel operate under controlled conditions and create a very specified product, contractors know precisely how steel will behave under specific circumstances. (Consider alternate materials, such as stones and wood, which exhibit inherent variability. While these other materials may have other benefits, they’re not exactly uniform, making them a less attractive choice for structures than steel.)
Steel is lightweight.
Even though steel is one of the strongest building materials, it’s surprisingly easy to move and manipulate. This leads to increased ease during the construction phase itself and allows for flexibility if reconfiguration of the plant or building is needed later.
Steel is cost-effective.
Since steel structures are simpler to put together than other types of buildings, requiring less construction time and labor. Steel parts are usually pre-fabricated, which reduces waste. These factors combine to deliver lower costs.
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If it’s time to invest in a steel structure for your property, call in Peak Steel Contractors! We handle design and build processes and more. Check out our past projects and contact us for more information.