Why Steel is Widely Used for Construction

Steel is Incredible

Carbon steel has been around for centuries, and it scores highly for all four qualities that define metal strength.

The Make-Up of Steel

Steel is a combination of iron and carbon; this alloy is much stronger and harder than either of its two elemental components.

Qualities of Steel which Make it a Superior Construction Material

  • Design Freedom

The versatility of steel allows for the construction of complex architectural designs which would otherwise not be feasible or practical to accomplish.

  • Open Areas

Open structures that are prone to be affected by elements such as humidity, heat, and hazardous gases call for durable steel structures.

  • Wind & Snow Conditions

Creating a structure that can withstand the elements requires the yield and impact strengths offered by the use of steel beams.

  • Seismic Activity

Steel is especially advantageous in areas of seismic activity, as steel’s compressive and tensile strengths suit the construction of earthquake-resistant buildings.

STEEL has been used in the construction of some of the most famous buildings in the world, including:

  • The Brooklyn Bridge
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Empire State Building
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • U.S. Steel Tower
  •  Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)
  • Beijing National Stadium
  • Burj Khalifa

Why choose cold-formed steel buildings for engineered structure projects?

Lightweight and easy to install: 30% lighter than wood.

Non-combustible: Low fire risk.

Efficient: 50% faster installation compared to stick-frame construction.

Durable: No knots or inconsistencies; steel will not shrink, split, warp, crack, or creep.

Exact: Members cut to more precise specifications than wood (often within 1-2 mm).


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