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  • Writer's pictureEddie H


Updated: Jul 17, 2020

Picking which building materials to use on your job can be a tricky task. It is all about finding the right balance between the quality of materials, how easy they are to use and the overall cost.

Understanding all the options available to you and how they might work for your specific project will save you a considerable amount of time, as well as ensuring that you pick the very best materials available.

In this article we take a look at why using prefabricated steel construction materials can help you strike the perfect balance between quality, ease of application and cost-saving.

What are prefabricated steel construction materials?

When you hear the term prefabricated steel construction, you may think of large steel structures, such as warehouses and large sheds which are put together using large modular prefabricated steel sections.

The term prefabricated steel construction materials can refer to any steel structure that has been put together offsite to be used onsite at a later time or date. For example, a prefabricated steel reinforcement cage is a welded structure that is put together from long steel reinforced bars.

Prefabricated steel construction materials will have a specific use. Using the example above, steel mesh can be brought on-site and set into concrete to drastically increase its tensile strength. Doing this ensures that any concrete used is resistant by its own nature to compressive stress as well as being resistant to torque and twisting as a result of the application of the mesh. 

Define your needs

Before you decide whether prefabricated steel construction materials are right for you and your project, you need to take some time to consider your exact needs.

For example, if you are building using concrete and you are sure that it will not undergo any torque or twisting, then you may not need to invest the extra time and effort in using a reinforced steel mesh.

However, in most cases, such as when you using concrete in the construction of homes and other buildings, the movement of the earth is likely to result in the movement of concrete in ways that it cannot, in itself, withstand. In these cases, using reinforced steel mesh can drastically increase the durability and life span of that concrete.

Time & cost saving

Ultimately, when used in the correct scenarios, using a prefabricated steel construction material is going to save you a considerable amount of time and cost.

As these materials are created off-site in dedicated workshops, they are made efficiently and will usually cost considerably less when compared to the materials and time needed to create them in awkward spaces on site. This is especially true when your building site is small and spare space to fabricate your own materials is not easy to come by.

The most obvious benefit to using prefabricated steel construction materials such as steel mesh is the time that it saves you. As these materials are built offsite and usually available at short notice, using them will save you a huge amount of time and hassle having the individuals materials delivered, tools and skills on-site needed to create the same product.

Using prefabricated steel construction materials can be greatly beneficial on building projects when you want to save time, money and effort. They can also add strength and longevity to your constructions, extending the period that they are fit for purpose.

Understanding where best to use these materials will put you at an advantage and will save you time and effort during the planning and sourcing stage of any major building project.

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