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The Basics of Structural Steel

As most people know, steel is one of the most versatile metals in the industry. It is very commonly used for buildings — from skyscrapers to shipyards — because of its strength and ability to endure almost any extreme environmental conditions. Steel is able to last despite being constantly soaked in water or made to bear severe pressure.

Structural steel, specifically, is designed to carry heavy loads, such an entire building, with adequate rigidity to withstand it. Usually, a structural steel is combined with other sub-structure in the building, such as a steel roof with concrete columns.

Benefits of Structural Steel in Your Next Major Project

What are the benefits of structural steel?


Structural steel has a high strength to weight ratio. What that means is it’s able to withstand a load far heavier than it weighs — which is great if you wish to use it at as the frame for a building or as roofing. It guaranteed to withstand the pressure that comes from a heavy building on top of it or torrential downpour of rain, snow or hail.

Seismic Resistance

Structural steel is famous for being able to withstand tremors and other seismic activities that ca occur in specific areas — like earthquakes. Its amazing ductility allows it to endure extensive and constant deformation without giving way to high tensile pressure.

Materials without this quality are not advisable for structures, especially when the area is constantly subjected to earthquake and other tensile forces.

Uniformity of material

When you’re designing intricate structures — such as skyscrapers or docks —the material you’re using has to be predictable. If not, it can compromise the design process and the integrity of whatever you’re building. Some parts will not be as strong, elastic or hard wearing as others — which is a big problem.


Despite how strong this material is — with its ability to endure almost anything, it’s also very easily molded into a shape that builders desire. That’s why you can see aesthetic roofs, columns, and walls built out of structural steel.

Apart from aesthetics, its malleability is also very effective in fitting in with and reinforcing specific building designs that are unusual or unorthodox.

These are some of the basic benefits that you can get out of structural steel, and they are also perhaps the reason why they’re in indispensable for a lot of projects — especially when they’re larger. They’re used as key elements to the structure of the building, such as with beams, joists, studs, framing, and columns.



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JD Fields Construction Group

Prior to founding J D Fields & Company, Jerry Fields gained decades of experience in construction products and piling applications managing equipment rentals, material sales, and product operations. Coupled with his oil and gas experience, Jerry built a rock solid foundation of industry knowledge and relationships that allowed him and his partners to start the company in 1985. Incorporated in Houston, Texas, JDF quickly diversified into multiple construction markets and applications. Today, it is a premiere international source for natural gas pipe and piling products. Strategically positioned at the Port of Houston corridor, our flagship stocking facility has 40 acres of laydown area with steel processing and fabrication capabilities. We carry more than 50,000 tons of pipe and piling inventory throughout the states to serve North America, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and other international markets.

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