Advantages and Disadvantages of Steel

Advantages and Disadvantages of Steel

There are many advantages in using steel as a building material. Steel is a very structurally stable material.  It is also eco-friendly and energy efficient. According to Hewlett, a freelance writer in Houston, construction steel is recyclable with the rates of over 90 percent.  Unlike wood, there’s no need to worry about the material rotting or damages caused by insects. It is very durable and can withstand most weather conditions. There’s also no need for deforestation that are harmful to the environment.  Steel frame compared to wood is stronger and sturdier. It is also lighter and flame resistant. With the advancement of technology, steel can be form and bend to the user’s need.  Constructing steel is faster than most materials, thus making it more cost-effective.

Though steel contains many advantages, there will always be a few disadvantages along with it. Steel may be more resistant than wood, but it can also develop molding during the winter. Since steel also contain metal material, if not treated carefully it can be toxic to the environment as well.  It may also have a tendency for corrosion and rust if not maintain correctly, thus it might not be as cost effective due to constant maintenance.

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