Many designers and specifiers have long recognized the advantages offered by steel to the construction sector. This is clearly demonstrated by the market share made by steel, which has increased to more than 90 percent for a single-storey building and to more than about 70 percent for multi-storey and nonresidential buildings.
Among all the other benefits that steel provide, its versatility has given architects the freedom to achieve their most ambitious dreams. For most stadium, shopping malls, and commercial developments in Calgary, structural steel has been one of the most essential component. Also, steel cladding systems has been used to build some of the iconic structures around the world.
Considered as one of the most sustainable construction materials, steel’s durability and strength matched with its ability to be used again and again without losing its quality makes it compatible with having a long term sustainable development.
There are four keys pointed out by experts when it comes to the advantages that building owners could by deciding to go for a structural steel erection project.
The Speed of Construction
Amazingly, steel structures can be erected fast. The steel components’ accuracy and predictability usually speeds up the process of erection. It also allows following trades to get to work the soonest. This delivery time helps in saving financial resources in the building program compared to having a concrete frame. The erection speed of steel structures is in fact one of the main criteria when it comes to selecting steel over traditional concrete buildings.
It is also important to reduce the disruption made to nearby roads and buildings, especially in inner city projects.
Having short construction period, steel structures helps in saving money in site preliminaries, which in turn provides earlier return on investment and reducing the charges for interest.
The Cost Savings in the Market
The price of steel has fallen since 1980 and has sustained to be cheaper than any other materials in the market nowadays for more than 15 years already. Also, huge productivity advances was achieved all throughout the supply chain if steel. Eventually, the customers enjoys the cost saving benefits of steel building.
You can be guaranteed that steel buildings has sustained its competitive price to a lower level by the number of steel work constructors the can tender for this kind of projects. A competitive sector will be able to ensure you that you are getting the value of the money that you have paid for.
Structural Steel’s Durability
Another good characteristic of a steel that makes it a good material for structural buildings is its durability. Steels do not age or even decay as quickly as other kinds of construction materials being used nowadays. They usually last longer before it requires refurbishment. Buildings that can easily adapt avoid having environmentally harmful and costly redevelopments and demolitions. With the steel’s inherent adaptability and flexibility, you can assure yourself that any kind of future changes or extensions can be done with just a minimal cost and disruption.
Safety and Health
When it comes to the key business driver in construction, we can say that health and safety are on the top of the list.
Because it is manufactured offsite and can be assembled fast onsite, steel makes an inherently safe material to choose for a building. According to industry surveys, steel is consistently tagged as the safest materials chosen by contractors for their projects.