Steel is a material that has been used to make sturdy buildings, while its significance is known to everyone, few of them still not made the switch. There are several reasons why steel needs to be used more especially for residential construction. Here are 5 reasons why many Steel Building Companies in Kansas use it for residential buildings.
1. Strength & design freedom
Steel offers design freedom in color, texture and shape. Its combination of durability, precision, strength, beauty and malleability gives the architects broader parameters to explore some ideas and develop fresh solutions. Its long spanning ability gives rise to large open spaces, load bearing walls or free of intermediate columns.
2. Efficient & resourceful
Steel can be assembled quickly and efficiently in all seasons. The components are pre-manufactured off site with on site labor. The whole frame can be erected in few days with corresponding 20 to 40 percent reduction in construction time relative to on site construction depending on the project’s scale. Structural steel’s lighter weight relative to other faring materials like concrete enables a smaller, simpler foundation.
3. Accessible and Adaptable
A building’s function can change rapidly and dramatically. A tenant may want to make changes that increases floor loads. Walls may need to be repositioned to create new interior layouts based on different needs and speed usage. Steel building structures can cater for these changes.
4. Less Columns and More Open Space
Steel sections provide elegant and cost effective method of spanning long distances. Extended steel spans can create column free internal spaces, large, open plan with many clients demanding column grid spacing over 15 meters. In single storey buildings, rolled beams provide clear spans over 50 meters. Steel built buildings are more adaptable with greater potential for alterations to be made over time, extending the lifetime of the structure.
5. Endless Recyclable
When a steel framed building is demolished, its components can be circulated or reused into the steel industry’s closed loop recycling system for melt down and repurposing. It can be recycled endlessly without any loss of properties. Steel saves on the use of natural raw resources as 30 percent of new steel is being made from recycled steel.
6. Earthquake Resistance
Earthquakes are unpredictable in terms of frequency, magnitude, location and duration. Steel is the material of choice for design as it is inherently flexible and ductile. It flexes under extreme loads rather than crumbling or crushing.