Metal Steel Components – Ideal for Construction

More and more construction nowadays is being carried with the help of steel components all over the world. In this ezine we take a look at the essence of steel buildings parts, their advantages and disadvantages if there are any and touch upon the modern approach to construction – prefabricated steel buildings.

Steel building parts are the most solid and reliable type of all building materials that can stand the test of time. Should we take this statement for granted or is it necessary to compare them with PVC building components, silicate, fibreboard, lumber, wood, masonry and other building types that have always been principal building materials for any kind of buildings whether storages, commercial buildings, barns or detached houses?

The reason of metal and steel components’ wide distribution is simple: they are firm, more or less cheap, aesthetic, non-combustible, do not require further treatment and are environmentally friendly. This is not the whole list of their advantages but even these qualities are enough to draw attention to metal and steel components. One issue needs even more elaboration: their elasticity and reliability. Time when hundreds of fibreboard-buildings and pvc-houses have been swept away by storms, tornados and other natural disasters has practically gone into non-existence – people do not want to be scared anymore. This especially applies to the states that always experience unfavorable weather conditions, like, for instance, Texas and Kansas. Reliable, solid and firm steel components enjoy high popularity there. At the same time metal structures are made of metal and can often corrode. Corrosion is one of the biggest disadvantages of metal parts used for construction though nowadays most of the manufacturers heat-treat metal parts in order they become stainless and stone-like. Heat conductivity is another problem of metal structures that is why houses are not equipped with them in full scale.

Somehow or other metal parts are indispensable in building and construction. For civil engineering and industrial engineering they help to build long bays without any kind of column or buttresses. Even outdoor construction is not deprived of using steel building components: fences, grilles, grates and sheds are made of steel as well.

No one denies the fact that lumber has been the only building material that could stand all kinds of damages except fire for centuries. Amsterdam, Venice and other European cities have most of the buildings that are situated on wood poling and will remain there for centuries. But we live in the 21st century that requires firmness, reliability and simplicity of construction. That is why prefabricated steel buildings are so popular nowadays.

Anyway, prefab-buildings suborn by their universality: you do not need to be a builder or engineer – you just buy steel building parts and construction becomes the sphere you should not fear. With prefab-building components you can easily assemble a shed, a barn, a small warehouse and a lot of different things. Prefabricated steel components are widely used in industrial engineering as well as they save time, money and labor: warehouses, plants, ice palaces, riding-halls and hangars are usually made of separate prefabricated metal building components.

Finally what needs to be mentioned here is the fact that prefabricated elements can be dismantled easily and transported anywhere.

Mike Zhmudikov – Building parts

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