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Steel Buildings: What Elements Can They Resist?
Steel buildings are not only attractive, efficient, sustainable and inexpensive. They are also highly durable and capable of resisting a number of damaging elements.
 
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Damaging Structural Elements that Steel Buildings are Capable of Resisting

Steel buildings are widely used to provide shelter for persons, animals and properties. Such popularity can be credited to their attractive designs, sustainable features and the flexibility of use they can offer. Beyond these things, however, steel buildings are also known to provide protection against a wide variety of elements, enabling them to ensure the safety of the persons and things they house. Following below is a list of the elements that steel buildings are capable of resisting.

Extreme climate

Drastic climate changes can negatively affect wood-framed buildings, causing the material to expand and contract. As a result, the wood bends, warps, and splits compromising the integrity of the structure. In the case of a steel building, however, all its components are manufactured at exacting tolerances and are designed to withstand various loading conditions. These, in turn, make the entire structure less susceptible to warping, shrinking or splitting and make it better at withstanding a number of natural forces including high wind conditions, hail and even earthquakes.

Fire

An unfortunate fire can easily burn down a structure with traditional frame due to the presence of wood. Although structural steel is not entirely fire-proof as its members will eventually loose their strength if they are exposed to temperatures in the range of 400-500 degrees Celsius, the elimination of timber in constructing the building prevents fire from spreading quickly to other parts of the structure. Thus, compared to other materials, steel offers a great deal of fire resistance since it demands large amount of heat for it to become damaged.

Corrosion

Steel may revert to its natural or original state–a process known as corrosion. This simply means that steel rusts, and frequent exposure to corrosive agents in the environment can accelerate its deterioration. Fortunately, there are a number of corrosion protection treatments for structural steel which include hot-dip galvanization and paint systems for zinc coatings. These methods are proven to provide modern steel buildings a layer of protection against corrosion that could last for more than hundred years.

Termites

Termites are among the toughest enemies of buildings. They attack timber or any building material that contains cellulose and long term infestation can compromise the integrity of the structure, which if left unattended could cause it to collapse. As opposed to timber framed buildings, structural steel is impervious to termites and other wood-infesting insects. Thus, if you consider using steel building for your next construction project, you can be assured that you will not have to install physical or chemical barriers to ward off pesky termites.

Basically, structural steel has given a new meaning to building safety. Due to the precision in manufacturing techniques and the consistent quality of the components it is made of, it provides protection against a number of elements that no other building materials can provide. For all these and more, it is safe to say that a steel building is one of the best investments you can make. Not only will it give value to your money for the long term , it will also give you the peace of mind knowing that it is structurally sound.

 
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