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Differences Between Concrete And Steel Stairs

May 11, 2022

Staircases have been a significant aspect of construction projects for centuries. Multi-level constructions of all sizes and nature demand the construction of stairs. The need for stairs has not been fully eliminated, even with the popularization of elevators and escalators. 

There are different materials that engineers rely on constructing stairs, among which concrete and steel are the most common ones. Both concrete and steel stairs are used worldwide for interior and exterior purposes.

Residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects worldwide have embraced steel and concrete stairs. 

Here are the key differences between these types of stairs



Steel: Steel is an alloy made with iron and carbon. There are different steel types like galvanized, structural and stainless that are ideal for constructing stairs. 

Concrete: Concrete is one of the principal materials used to construct everything from stairs and buildings to roads and monuments. Concrete is a simple mixture of powder cement, sand or gravel, and water. Although concrete had been the choice of material for stair construction for many years, steel has recently become a more popular choice owing to its many benefits. 

When it comes to the aesthetics of the stairs, steel is the clear winner. Its ductility and malleability make it easily customizable. There are many fancy and complex designs that you can go with when it comes to steel stairs.

Concrete is more rigid and tough when it comes to customization. Concrete offers excellent strength. However, it isn't a material of choice for those looking for better aesthetics.

When it comes to sustainability, steel is hands down the clear winner. Cement is an important component of concrete. According to statistics, the cement industry contributes to 8 percent of the total annual greenhouse emissions worldwide. 

On the other hand, steel can be almost completely recycled. Steel is also durable and requires low maintenance.

You can rely on Scarboro Steel Works Limited for the best quality steel stairs. We are a dependable name in the structural steel fabrication industry. Get in touch with us today to learn about our broad services.