Height & Strength

Increased Height & Strength

The strength of steel is the same up and down, side-to-side, and in all loading directions so it won't warp or shrink under normal conditions. Although steel could bend and stretch when overloaded, it will not break as unreinforced concrete or masonry might.

Because steel is 100% non-combustible, height and area restrictions are limited. Light gauge steel can help developers and builders use land more efficiently by allowing taller and wider buildings. For 4 to 9 story buildings, it is much more cost effective than heavier construction.

Wood and brick expand when wet. Concrete and concrete block cracks when it dries out. Steel does not change when wet or dry - this helps prevent cracks in the building finishes like drywall and stucco.