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The Special Properties of Structural Steel

July 30, 2020

The construction industry has been consistently growing, helping build more residential, commercial, and industrial structures than ever before. The skyline is constantly evolving – a testament to the hard work of the men on the ground and the manufacturers who provide the materials they work with.


Productivity gains in this industry show that there has been a significant increase in the production of all construction materials. These construction materials include structural steel, iron, aluminum, asphalt, cement, concrete, bricks, and glass.


What Are the Advantages of Structural Steel Over Other Materials?


Steel is considered the standard metal for almost all types of construction projects. All these projects involve large structures. Structural steel is used in all residential and commercial buildings as well as infrastructures like bridges. Moreover, the three main types of steel, namely conventional steel, light gauge steel, and bolted steel, form the basis of all good construction.


Here are the various advantages that steel has over other materials.


  • It is highly durable – Steel can stand high pressures and heavy weights. More importantly, steel is not brittle like concrete so it can survive earthquakes.
  • It has a high tensile strength – Steel has a strength to weight ratio that is high enough to withstand great pressure. Aside from this, steel is only half as much as concrete in terms of weight.
  • It does not require a foundation – You can construct steel structures without the need for a foundation. However, you cannot do the same with concrete structures.
  • It is easy to prepare and erect – You can easily prepare, fabricate and mass produce steel. In addition, you can complete steel construction projects faster because steel is relatively easy to erect.
  • It has good scrap value – Steel can be reused and recycled better than other metals and concrete.


Scarboro Steel are the foremost experts of structural steel, and we are here to provide you with the best fabrication products. We also provide welding and installation services to our diverse clientele across several industries. If you think we can assist you with your next project, call us today.