Steel is a material that has many uses. There are many types of steel and they can be used for steel framed buildings, garages, sheds, in vehicles and as window shutters as well as for many other purposes. As a material it has many advantages over others.
Steel is generally very long lasting. Unlike wood it will not rot which increases its chances of lasting many years. It doesn't naturally age in the same way as other materials might. Of course it won't last forever, but its longevity is impressive compared with alternatives.
Steel is a very strong material. It will not collapse under pressure the way that other materials can. Weather conditions exposing steel is a rarity. This is why they are often used for shutters protecting window of shops, for example. As well as from the natural elements, window shutters can also be used as a protective material from vandalism. Due to the strength it has it is very easy to maintain.
The environment is something that a lot of people take very seriously these days and being environmentally friendly is important to many. Steel is a sustainable material and can be easily recycled. This means that even after its long use for one purpose it can be used again for something else.
The ease of use is an important advantage in using steel as a building material. Building with it can be a quick process. It can be easily modified; if a building made from steel needs altering the interior walls can be easily moved to create a completely different interior. It is also easily transportable and even an entire building can be moved from one location to another. The quality of steel is also a benefit and it is consistent throughout unlike wood which can fluctuate.
Steel is more expensive than wood but cheaper than most other materials. But even compared to wood it can be cost effective. Because of some of the advantages outlined above, such as its strength and longevity, it can work out cheaper in the long run. Unlike wood, steel doesn't need treating to keep it in good condition.
A final advantage of steel is safety. Again comparing it to wood, it is significantly more fire resistant. Fire cannot make its way through steel in the same way as wood, which can prevent it spreading from one room to another if used for a building. It is also less likely to give way unexpectedly compared to other materials.
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