The Role Of Steel In Construction
There is no doubt that steel has been playing a crucial role in shaping today’s world. From skyscrapers to huge dams, steel is largely being used to reinforce the construction for longevity and stability. Though steel is a preferred material among various industries, but construction is one such domain where it has its own significance. The advantages steel offers to the construction industry have long been recognized by construction designers and developers. The versatility of steel enables architects to achieve their most aspiring visions. Let’s know how and why steel has emerged out as a preferred choice of real estate developers below.
Steel products require little maintenance, thus delivering optimum value from the resources invested in the structure and reducing its whole-life costs. Long span steel sections allow large, open plan, column-free spaces to be created inside buildings, providing flexible areas that can be set out in an endless variation of configurations.
Instead of creating concrete structures, developers prefer placing steel beams and girders to save cost and time both without compromising on the safety aspect.
Over a period of time, several new technologies have resulted in high standards, precision products that guarantee strength and durability in the most challenging environments. If you carefully look at today’s structures let’s say Bandra-Worli Sea Link, you will notice how steel has changed the way bridges are made and with much improved quality and durability.
Similarly, the dams being made today are far more improved and sturdier than other dams in terms of water holding capacity and channel management. Thanks to the magic of steel which paved the way for superior standards of construction. And not only in commercial construction, but steel is also the first choice of residential construction developers.
Steel-framed structures are found to be extremely resilient and do not age or decay faster as compared to other construction materials, thus lasting longer before revamp is required. Buildings that can be easily reformed tend to dodge costly and environmentally detrimental demolition and redevelopment. Steel’s innate compliance and flexibility also means that future changes or extensions – even vertically – can be conducted with minimal disruption and cost.
The construction industry is being driven by market demand for sustainable materials and procedures. This is where steel construction materials meet the “green” construction needs of architects, builders, engineers, framers and roofers, highway transportation officials, bridge owners, electric utility companies, and other construction professionals with sustainable products. Steel’s sustainable benefits include its life cycle advantages, product durability, and recyclability.
Commercial Buildings: Steel tends to last long, with the superior strength-to-weight ratio of any building material.
Commercial Roofing: Metal roofs with heat-blocking coatings and surfaces can save building owners up to 40% in heating and cooling expenses.
Residential Framing: Steel construction materials are immensely recyclable. A typical 2000-square-foot home requires about 40 to 50 trees. In case of steel, just six scrapped automobiles would be required.
Residential Roofing: For homes in warmer climates, pre-painted or granular coated metal roofing systems not only reflect solar energy but also cool the home by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed.
Bridges: Newly developed steel grades provide considerable weight savings, which make steel bridges economical.
Highways: The stiff surface of constantly reinforced concrete pavement (CRCP) diminishes rolling resistance, enabling better fuel economy for motorists.