Steel framed construction was once only used to build tall or large buildings such as skyscrapers, warehouses, factories and agricultural buildings. Over recent years, however, steel construction has become more commonplace in residential building projects.
Steel offers a number of advantages over timber, not least in terms of the superb strength to weight ratio it offers. Providing the capability to create imaginative designs and large, open-span spaces, it’s not hard to see why steel is becoming increasingly popular.
Here are some of the advantages steel frame buildings offer:
- All steel components are manufactured off-site, delivered ready to be screwed or bolted together. This means that there is less room for errors, whilst construction teams don’t have to spend as much time on site.
- Costs are reduced as build times are reduced.
- Steel is a sustainable choice: the majority of steel in use in the UK construction industry has already been recycled, whilst steel can be reused almost limitless times.
- Steel is incredibly durable and because little or no maintenance is required, the lifetime cost of the building is cheaper in comparison to wood.
- Unlike wood, steel can’t rot or become infested by insects or animals.
- Steel is flexible and can be made into a huge range of shapes, making it ideal for creating architectural features such as staircases, canopies, balconies and more.