What is structural steel fabrication?

Structural steel fabrication is the process of cutting, bending and assembling metal components into a structure, such as a steel frame. The process involves using metals to build every component of the building’s structure. Structural fabrication in this manner focuses specifically on steel, though other material options can be used.

What are the benefits of structural steel?

Structural steel is very strong, and because it can be used in a variety of applications without reducing this level of strength, it tends to be an ideal choice for many reasons. Overall, it has a high strength to weight ratio. This means that it has a high strength per unit mass. Structural steel is unique in that, no matter how large the structure is, the steel sections will likely remain very small. And, this means they will remain lightweight overall. This is much unlike what happens with most other types of building materials.

What to look for when considering structural steel fabrication?

Perhaps the most important aspect of creating structures using this method is turning to an experienced company capable of helping you to design and build these structures in a safe and effective manner. It is also important to consider the methods used in the structural steel fabrication – such as the type of welding used. Determine where the steel is coming from, the quality of the end product, and the ability of the company to remain highly consistent in the work they provide to you. Additionally, not all companies can create all forms of steel fabrication – some specialize while others are limited in the services they offer.

What precautions to take with structural steel projects?

As noted, working with a skilled professional is necessary. The company can help answer most questions. However, most commonly protecting against corrosion will be a big concern. Harsh climates may limit the success of these products. Additionally, it is also important to consider fire resistance – while steel does not catch fire, the materials used around it can. High-temperature fires can also weaken the steel, leading to structural risks for the project.

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