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Various Types of Structural Steel Beams

April 26, 2019

Structural steel beams play an integral role in maintaining the structural integrity and stability of the buildings we frequent everyday. From skyscrapers, to entertainment and sports domes, to community centers – steel beams are designed to support a specific load. Available in a range of shapes and sizes, selecting the right type of steel beam will largely depend on the scope and specificity of application.


Today we'll briefly discuss various types of structural steel beams and their uses. 


Structural steel beams are classified in accordance to the way in which it supports a load. There are many types of steel beams that exist, but today we will focus on some of the most commonly used:


  • Simply Supported Beams: Simply supported beams are one of the most basic types of structural beams. They are defined by a pinned support at one end and a roller support on the other end.
  • Fixed Beams: Fixed beams offer support at both ends, and are limited against rotation and vertical movement
  • Cantilever Beams: cantilever beams are fixed at one end and are free at the other end. The beam distributes the load back to the support.
  • I-beams: are named after their exterior profile, which resembles the letter I. I-beams are a universal type of beam that are also defined by their tapered flanges. I-beams are cross-section steel beams which are used for a range of industrial applications.



Finding a Reputable Structural Steel Beam Manufacturer in Toronto


Scarboro Steel Works offers high-quality structural steel fabrication services including platework, shearing and breaking, punching and drilling, grating, and plasma cutting. We have the experience and capabilities of taking on the specifications of nearly any project of varying scope. For all your residential, commercial, or industrial fabrication project needs give Scarboro Steel a call today! We would love to bring your project to life.