Building with steel dates back to the 19th century but started gaining in popularity after World War II. Since then, steel buildings have become common due to their increased strength, durability and cost.
Steel provides several advantages over other building materials, such as wood.
Steel is one of the most sustainable construction materials. It’s an eco-friendly product – steel is energy efficient and any excess material is 100% recyclable. Steels strength and durability together with its ability to be recycled, over and over again, without ever losing quality, making steel truly compatible with long term sustainable development.
Steel does not easily warp, buckle, twist or bend, and is easy to modify and offers flexibility with designs. Steel is also easy to install.
Steel is cost effective and the price of steel rarely fluctuates.
Build with steel allows for improved quality of construction and less maintenance, while offering improved safety and resistance.
Healthier for your family – decreases mould and mildew in residential buildings. Mould needs moist, porous material to grow. Steel studs and frames do not have those problems like other materials do.
Even without these benefits, steel is often the first choice on the basis of cost alone. Many of the advantages of steel construction are applicable across all building types and sectors.