Using steel for buildings may initially sound to be a gigantic, heavy-weight undertaking. Not so. It is hardly ever possible to build without steel!

Obviously, wood or concrete can also be used for construction. But even with these materials, a close look will reveal the hidden steel. The steel is there for joining and reinforcement. And so it makes sense to start properly and simply make the whole construction in steel.
There are good reasons to do so.

What are the advantages of steel?
If wood or concrete are used for spans of more than about 20 m the materials become ever less economical and at the same time the cross-section size necessary to provide sufficient strength becomes so big that the bearing elements appear unwieldy and inelegant. On the other hand, constructions in steel give a slim, even delicate effect because they have such strength and so few linking girders. The intrinsic weight of a steel construction is absolutely unbeatable and the effect is felt in the whole building: As the steel girders or frameworks take up so little height, more usable space is gained or, alternatively, wall height can be saved. Foundations can be kept smaller because the steel building is low in intrinsic weight. In consequence, to build with steel is to save real money.

In many branches of industry, whether what is being produced is machines, motorcars or manufacturing halls, steel is perhaps the most important of the building materials. Yet steel is basically no more than an iron alloy with a particular carbon content. In the common types of building steel, the carbon content is below 0.2 %.

In what ways is steel better than other materials?
Firstly, the raw material for steel is almost inexhaustible. Iron ore and coal are to be found abundantly all over the world. Secondly, there is an excellent recycling system that ensures almost 100 % of used steel is reused. Almost every sheet and girder of steel bought today is a recycled element which may come from a ship or motorcar which has been scrapped. As a result, steel is reasonably priced and always available. Thirdly, steel or iron have properties enabling them to be adapted to a wide range of needs if they are expertly processed.

All these advantages have led to steel’s top position worldwide in the list of metals. Semi-finished products in steel, whether sheet, wire, rods, pipes or rolled section, are available in a wide variety of sizes. It is these advantages that FSP makes use of.