Steel vs Concrete
Living in South Florida means year-round-sunshine, beautiful beaches and being surrounded by concrete structures; no thanks to all the hurricanes we see. Knowing what I know about new, or old for that matter, construction leads me to believe that many developers, contractors and investors might not know the inherent benefits to a solid steel structure. So we put together 4 reasons to choose steel vs concrete.
1. Savings (Both time and money):
As with most things in life, cost plays a significant role in any new construction project. metal vs concrete can be less expensive to build and maintain. Less structural members are required due to the high strength nature of steel. Which means fewer materials needed to erect a steel structure which saves time and money on construction cost and labor.
When it comes to design and having to choose between steel vs concrete, structural steel can be developed with almost any design in mind. Stone, wood and other materials can be incorporated into the structure with ease. Need to install a large bifold hanger door? Want the outer finished in cultured stone with 10’ tall parapets? A steel structure can handle such design requests.
Steel is dimensionally more durable than concrete. Steel will not warp, split or crack when exposed to the elements. When concrete and concrete block are exposed to moisture they will shrink and form cracks.
Concrete is primarily made from sand and stone. And, once concrete and concrete block are constructed they cannot be recycled or reused. On the other hand, nearly 100% of steel structures are made from recycled steel and can be reused well after the building’s lifespan.
So, to recap, in choosing to use steel vs concrete you are saving money and shorting your construction time. Additionally, you can design your building to meet your needs and overall appearance while extending the lifecycle of your building. And most importantly, by choosing steel over concrete you are limiting your impact on the planet by keeping green.
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