Every day, we come across the use of stainless steel products in our life without even realising that we are, at that point of time, experiencing one of the strongest and most durable metals created by man. Picking steel as the element for building homes, skyscrapers and even farm buildings is not a difficult decision to make considering the kind of characteristics this metal has. Not only is it more reliable, strong and flexible, it is also known to be cheaper than the wood you use to build your structures.
Add to that the fact that you end up saving trees by choosing steel over wood, and you have even more reasons to pick this shiny metal as your material of choice.
Around the Home
There are plenty of steel products, around the home, that are a part of your everyday existence. Almost all the tools you own, the garage where you put them, as well as the shed you have in your home, are always better when made with stainless steel. They last longer, are much stronger thanks to their flexibility and, with pre-fabricated steel, you always find these structures, and other things, quite easy to put up.
Inside your home, you can have anything from the appliances in your kitchen, to your shelves and drawers made of stainless steel. Not only do they give your home a clean and futuristic look, they are extremely easy to clean and maintain, under even the worst cases of misuse.
Most outdoor installations for your home, like sheds or garages, come in pre-fabricated kits that can simply be assembled using the most basic tools. Their structure is designed to allow you to expand by adding further elements to it. This scalability rarely comes with wooden structures and when it does, you end up paying a fortune for it.
Barns are the most important parts of all farms and they are also the place that are the hardest to maintain. Due to the large amount of activity and movement, of people, animals and equipment, in and around the barn, it sees a lot of wear and tear like any structure, with such levels of usage, would. Wooden barns are just too expensive to build these days and if you are looking for something cheaper, then the steel-way is the right way.
There are plenty of regular kits available to help you create a barn on your farm land. Size is immaterial because these kits are guaranteed to be scalable, ensuring that you get the kind of space you are looking for, without having to worry about uprooting the foundation the next time you need to expand or reduce the size of the barn.
You get all sorts of farm equipment and buildings made with stainless steel and everything from a humble cowshed to a massive tractor storage area, can be built with the use of these pre-fabricated and fantastic stainless steel products.
Finally, we come to the most common use of stainless steel in the commercial building arena. Due to the cheaper costs of production on a large scale, you find commercial steel usage at the higher end of the spectrum, at all times. Whether you are wondering about what they put inside skyscrapers to hold them steady at dizzying heights or thinking about massive stadium-like structures to stand and hold thousands of people at a time, steel is always the material of choice.
In commercial construction, you rarely find stainless steel products, like pre-fabricated structures, being used unless it is for something temporary like a site-office or a temporary enclosed area, such as those created for numerous events. Steel is also used massively in stage construction for concerts and shows while almost every car or motorcycle you see around you is also a product that contains massive proportions of that stainless steel in it.
Whether you find its use in your home, on your farm or in your place of work, you cannot deny nor ignore the fact that the world, as we know it today, has made steel an integral part of its structure. There is no way for us to avoid using this fantastic material and if ever, you are thinking of undertaking a renovation or building project or have the need to create a strong and sturdy structure, think Steel!
Richard Harper – author
If you told Richard that, when he got out of architecture school, he would be working with stainless steel products and creating stainless steel products with companies like Midway, he wouldn’t have believed you. Getting into the industry at a time when the commercial usage of stainless steel was on its way up, Richard jumped onto the bandwagon and became a diligent student of the entire process. His constant need to find out more has taken him to a place where stainless steel is almost second-nature to him, as well as a constant feature in his designs.