1 – DESIGN DEFECTS
The quality of your steel structure design is essential for completing a building that is safe for its intended lifespan. If your project does not constitute proper engineering and design practices, defects are likely to develop. It essential to rely on engineers and architects who have the expertise and experience to provide plans that accurately represent the loads and stressors of the intended building. From the initial consultation to design calculations to steel details and more, every element of this initial stage must be performed perfectly.
Beyond the design phase, it is important that your plans account for conditions that may not have been considered at the beginning. Contractors are tasked with inputting submittals and shop drawings to make changes to the initial plans, and these changes need to be accounted for properly to ensure the final result still meets design minimums.
2 – SPECIFICATION DEFECTS
In order to achieve the highest level of quality for your building, you will need to determine the full scope of specifications to account for every aspect needed in construction. Steel structure design accounts for the physical requirements, yet steel erection and the full building completion will need additional elements to determine the full range of needs.
There are two types of specifications that need to be determined to ensure your building is completed free of unexpected defects:
Prescriptive specifications consist of the complete design plans, giving builders and clients more certainty about their final product.
Performance specifications consist of designs that still need to be completed, giving builders more room to innovate as the project develops.
If your building relies on complex elements to perform a function that exists outside the normal scope of design, it is important to leave room for adaptation and improvement. In other cases, simple buildings with proven designs may suffer from defects if changes are enacted that are not found to be stable.
3 – MATERIAL DEFECTS
Unfortunately for many builders, material defects are often not discovered until after construction is complete. Once a material is installed, it is expected to perform exactly to its design specifications. When it comes to vital elements such as structural steel, extra measures will need to be taken to ensure that the materials are perfectly suitable for use in load-bearing building elements. Failure to do so can result in costly repairs and put building inhabitants at risk.
, and our experienced team works diligently to ensure that every product we deliver to the site is perfectly suited for the job. Our company undergoes rigorous training and inspections to meet standards at both the national and local levels.
4 – WORKMANSHIP DEFECTS
If all of your materials, specifications, and designs deployed perfectly, defects can still occur due to shortcomings with the craftsmanship. In most cases, this problem develops from builders and contractors not following the plans to perfection. Minor mistakes at any point in construction can lead to costly problems later on, making it vital for builders to rely on the most professional workers to ensure that every step is taken to avoid or rectify any problems during the construction process.
From the foundations to the flashing, every part of your building will need to be checked to ensure no man-made errors occur. Our steel fabrication company excels in minimizing defects throughout the construction process, taking the time to check every aspect of our process to ensure that safety and integrity are upheld at all times.
If you are on the lookout for structural steel manufacturers, then give us a call. At All A Steel Group, we are a team of highly experienced structural steel fabricators.
Structural Steel Structures Pros & Cons
Today, practically all industries h...
Today, practically all industries have major applications of structural steel. From industry equipment to finished products, structural steel is used everywhere. Buildings, bridges, high-rise buildings and warehouses are made using structural steel sections. Industry experts prefer the use of structural steel over any other building material for construction. This is mainly because of the innumerable benefits structural steel provides. But as everything else in the world, there are certain downsides of using structural steel in building structures. Here we are going to focus on the advantages and disadvantages of structural steel structures.
Advantages of Structural Steel Structures
Steel is tensile. It has a high strength to weight ratio which means it has high strength per unit mass. So no matter how large the overall structure is, the steel sections will be small and lightweight, unlike other building materials.
Steel can be easily fabricated and produced massively. Steel sections can be produced off-site at shop floors and then assembled onsite. This saves time and increases the efficiency of the overall construction process.
Structural steel is very flexible. You can mold it into any shape, without changing its properties. You can convert it into sheets or turn it into wires as per the design.
Structural steel is relatively cheap compared to other building materials.
It is very durable. Structural steel structures can withstand external pressures such as earthquakes, thunderstorms, and cyclones. A well-built steel structure can last up to 30 years if maintained well.
Disadvantages of Structural Steel Structures
Steel is an alloy of iron. This makes it susceptible to corrosion. This problem can be solved to some extent using anti-corrosion applications.
It has high maintenance costs as it has to be painted to make it corrosion-resistant
There are extensive fireproofing costs involved as steel is not fireproof. In high temperatures, steel loses its properties.
Buckling is an issue with steel structures. As the length of the steel column increases the chances of buckling also increases.
Steel has a high expansion rate with changing temperatures. This can be detrimental to the overall structure.
If you are on the lookout for structural steel fabricators, then reach out to us. At All A Steel Group, we are a team of highly experienced structural steel fabricators.