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Structural Steel And The Construction Industry

December 22, 2021

The construction of Brooklyn Bridge took the world by storm during the end of the nineteenth century. The brainchild of John Augustus Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was among one of the first major construction projects to make extensive use of steel. Since then, structural steel has been one of the major driving forces behind the boom in the construction industry.

How structural steel revolutionized the construction industry

Until the introduction of steel in construction, iron was widely used for building structures of all sizes. For example, the Eiffel Tower, probably the most iconic building, is made using wrought iron. However, when engineers and architects began to understand the benefits of steel, they gradually began to prefer steel over iron. And now, you will hardly find any skyscraper that is not entirely or partially made of steel.

There are no limitations to what can be built using structural steel. Everything from railway tracks to massive stadiums and skyscrapers to warehouses in today’s time is built using steel. The popularity of steel in construction increased soon after the industrial revolution.


This is because, before the industrial revolution, there was no way to produce steel in massive amounts required for the construction industry.

Following are some of the benefits of structural steel that make it popular among engineers and architects.


Steel is one of the most durable alloys that you can use for construction. Skyscrapers and massive bridges are built using steel so that they continue to be in use even after decades.



The bear-loading capacity of steel is extraordinary. You do not have to worry about any cracks or breakages in the building constructed using steel.



Steel's ability to be moved from one place to another with relative ease is because of its lightweight. You can execute complex designs efficiently with the help of structural steel. This is because cranes can quickly and accurately fit structural steel to the desired place due to their lightweight. 

For structural steel of the highest quality, you can rely on Scarboro Steel Works. We are dependable structural steel fabricators with years of experience and clientele across Canada. Contact us today to learn about all our services.