Most construction companies are using steel frames when building infrastructure because of its many advantages and benefits. Knowing each of these advantages will help you in knowing how strong your building will be. This way, you will not have to worry about calamities breaking down your house or office.
Steel Frame Building Advantages
More often than not, steel construction is done with a particular type of steel known as mild steel. The mild steel is a kind of material that is very strong and durable. This kind of steel is great for buildings.
Another good feature of steel framing is that it is flexible. A mild steel frame can be bended without cracking, which is another advantage because steel building can easily flex when pushed by an earthquake or great wind.
Thirdly, steel frames are also chosen and used by many construction companies because of its ductility or plasticity. It will not crack like a glass. However, it will just slowly bend out of its original shape.
With this property, steel buildings are allowed to deform or bend out of shape, which will give warning to its inhabitants to escape the building. Steel buildings rarely collapse. It performs much better in earthquakes than other building materials.
Where to Use Steel Frames
It is important to know where to use steel frames to utilize its functionality at its best. Steel frames are often used in the following:
• In high rise buildings, because of its immense strength, its low weight, and its speed of construction.
• In warehouse buildings and industrial buildings, because it can create large span of spaces
without paying too much money.
• In temporary structures, because it is very quick to set up and be removed.
• In residential buildings, because of the light gauge steel construction technique.
Metal Frame Structures’ Weight
One of the advantages of steel frames is its weight. Metal frames are lighter than any other materials used in building construction. Metal buildings are low weight because they are firmly bolted to its foundations so that it can be able to resist wind forces.
Steel Building Construction Types
There are different types of steel building construction, also known as fabrication. Here are three of the most popular types of metal building:
Conventional Steel Fabrication. This is when metal fabricators are cut in correct lengths and welded together for final structure. This is usually done on site to provide better working conditions.
Light Gauge Steel Construction. This is a type of construction common for residential and small buildings. This is almost the same to wood framed construction. However, light gauge metal are formed in thin sheets, which has been bent into C or Z-section shapes.
Bolted Steel Construction. This kind of steel frame construction is shipped to the location of the construction and to be bolted in place. Bolted steel construction is the most preferred method of metal construction because the work to be done on site is minimized to just lifting the steel members using cranes and bolting. This makes work at the site very fast to finish.