Few materials can compare with the strength, durability and versatility that you get from steel, which is why it has become such a popular material across residential, industrial, commercial and retail sectors all over the world.
We know that steel is made to last, but what exactly makes it so durable? Read on to find out.
Corrosion is the gradual destruction of materials by chemical or electrochemical reaction with their environment and is most commonly seen as rust. Steel structures must be designed so that they are protected against corrosion. Barrier coatings are readily available to coat the steel surface and isolate it from water and oxygen. Without water and oxygen, the steel cannot corrode. When further protection is needed, zinc coatings are available to provide barrier protection. When there are severe exposure conditions, such as industrial atmospheres and marine atmospheres, higher-performance coatings are available. You can read more about surface treatments here.
Termites pose a significant risk for many structures, especially those made of wood. Steel framing is not vulnerable to termites since it does not provide a food source for them. Furthermore, steel structures do not require termite treatment, making it not only durable material but a cost-effective one.
Steel does not provide a food source for mould to grow and as such, is a much more suitable structural material than other materials such as wood. Steel framing can also resist the onset and growth of mould through its dimensionally straight and mechanically connected framing members. Furthermore, steels moisture and leak resistance make structures stronger and more resilient for a very long time.
Dimensional stability is a primary concern when building a structure. It is important to choose a material which does not shrink or swell with changes in moisture content and humidity, which commonly occurs in structures that are made with wood or bricks. Steel does not expand or contract with moisture content and will not warp, split or crack. Furthermore, steel is isotropic, meaning it has the same dimensional properties in all directions. Unlike other materials such as wood, there is no grain, meaning the strength of steel will be the same up and down, side-to-side, and in all directions. This makes it a quality material that will remain stable.
You can rest assured knowing that steel is the best choice, providing long-term, consistent performance. If you need quality steel that is fabricated to suit your unique needs, contact Steel Fabrication Services today. Our team of expert structural steel fabricators have the experience and knowledge to answer any of your questions and will ensure that you find the best solution to suit your needs. To contact us today, simply call, fax, email or drop by our Brookvale location.