- As with most things in life, cost plays a significant role in any new construction project. Steel is less expensive to build and maintain. Less structural members are required due to the high-strength nature of steel.
- This means fewer materials needed to erect a steel structure which saves time and money on construction cost and labor.
- And steel structures can be used soon after their erection
- The load carrying capacity of steel structures reviles that of a concrete structure. Translations: Structural steel can support almost any design in mind. Stone, wood, and other materials can be incorporated into the structure with ease.
- They can support a wide range of loads such as:
- Hangar Doors
- Heavy duty cranes
- To name a few
- Steel is dimensionally more durable than concrete. Unlike concrete, steel will not warp, split, shrink, or crack when exposed to the elements.
- Additionally, steel structures can are more effective at withstanding earthquakes
- 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.
- Easy to transport and Handle:
- Steel structures are very light in comparison to concrete. As a result, the steel structures are easy to transport and handling. And, unlike concrete structures, the steel structure does not need any formwork.
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 structure. And most importantly, by choosing steel over concrete, you are limiting your impact on the planet by keeping green.
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Thank you for explaining how steel is less expensive to maintain and build with than concrete. I’ve been seeing a lot more steel structures being built up in my area. It seems like they’re making strong buildings while keeping the price down.