3 Indisputable Reasons to Consider a Steel Structure Design Over Wood
Are you looking to build a warehouse, factory, aeroplane hanger, agricultural building, indoor arena, greenhouse, hall, shopping centre, storage building, school, or any other type of large structure, but you are unsure of what material would be best to use? Building any structure requires a sizeable investment, which is why you need a material that is strong enough to survive an earthquake, hurricane, fire, or any other type of disaster. So, which material reigns supreme in the world of structure design today? That would be steel!
Before modern engineering, the world of structure design consisted of wood, adobe, and thatch. However, over the past few decades, the steel industry has surpassed all other material industries and has become an essential component of 21st-century structure design. Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider a steel structure design over wood:
#1Steel is the Safest Material
Safety is a key driver in construction and it is no secret that wood is a very flammable material. There is little doubt that a wooden structure will go up in flames within minutes of catching fire. Fire is devastating, and steel can be vulnerable too, and when exposed to extremely high temperatures, can contract, soften, and melt. However, with the addition of spray-on fireproofing, steel structures can withstand extremely high temperatures. Providing additional safety against fire, fireproofed steel is probably the safest and most fireproof building material.
#2 Longevity and Durability
When it comes to longevity and durability, steel outperforms wood. A material that can be recycled over and over again, without loss of strength, steel is perhaps the most widely used and trusted construction material on earth. A solid structure that will never lose its strength, a steel design will be protected against corrosion, infestations by insects, and it will not deteriorate or decay. Boasting exceptional strength and adaptability, a steel structure, large or small, will never let you down.
#3 Design Possibilities
Steel is incredibly versatile. In fact, no other building material has the same unique combination of formability and versatility. An unrivalled structural material in terms of design possibilities, large steel structures can be designed and erected without the use of intermediate columns. Displaying the highest strength-to-weight ratio, steel affords architects and builders the ability to design grand, large-scale steel structures at a reasonable cost.
If you are looking for a steel fabrication firm in South Africa that can offer you top quality steel structure design, turn to Avalon Steel Projects. We specialise in the design, manufacture, and erection of custom-designed and prefabricated steel structures for the industrial, commercial, architectural, and mining sectors in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
Always developing and improving the core values that our clients have come to expect from us, Avalon Steel Projects provides a high level of knowledge, honesty, integrity, dependability, experience, professionalism, customer service, and support throughout the entire design process. For more information regarding steel structure design, contact us. We can assist you in building the precise steel structure you need and at the right price too.