Structural steel refers to a broad category of steel commonly used to make construction materials in numerous shapes. It is increasingly used in a diverse range of both commercial and residential construction applications due to its numerous benefits, including ease of fabrication and availability in many shapes and forms.

At Infra-Metals, we are a one-stop shop for all of your structural carbon steel needs. We offer structural steel in numerous shapes, including channels, tubes, plates, sheets, I-beams, bars, and many more. Regardless of your needs, we can provide the structural steel components you need for your commercial or residential construction project.

Structural Steel for Commercial Construction

Structural steel is used for a variety of commercial construction applications, ranging from buildings to roads, bridges, and more.

Common applications include:

  • High-Rise Buildings. Structural steel’s high strength-to-weight ratio makes it a suitable material for building towers, skyscrapers, and other high-rise buildings. It is capable of creating lighter foundations that provide durability.
  • Warehouses and Industrial Facilities. Structural steel is ideal for creating open interior spaces without consuming large amounts of space. This makes it perfect for constructing large-scale manufacturing and storage facilities.
  • Stadiums and Arenas. Structural steel trusses are suitable for constructing expansive roofing for stadiums and arenas with an appealing design and space to accommodate huge crowds.
  • Bridges and Infrastructure. Structural steel is the standard material for constructing bridges and infrastructure with resistance to heavy loads and harsh conditions.

The benefits of using structural steel in commercial construction include:

  • Faster Construction. Structural steel can be used to prefabricate buildings to facilitate faster construction times. For example, AISC’s SpeedCore consists of prefabricated panels made of two structural steel plates held with cross-connecting tie rods. Once erected, the panels are filled with concrete to provide increased strength with the benefit of rapid construction.
  • Design Flexibility. Structural steel is available in numerous shapes, sizes, and forms, allowing for the construction of complex architectural designs.
  • Fire Resistance. Structural steel can feature fire-resistant designs and coatings to enhance safety and ensure compliance with building codes.
  • Sustainability. Structural steel is recyclable and helps contribute to environmentally conscious construction practices.

Structural Steel for Residential Construction

In addition to various commercial structures and buildings, structural steel is also ideal for many residential construction applications, including:

  • Apartments and Condos (Multi-Family Housing). Prefabricated structural steel modules can be used to construct apartments and condos with improved soundproofing and faster construction.
  • Modern and Open Floor Plans. Structural steel offers flexibility to deliver open living spaces with wider spans and reduced need for load-bearing walls.
  • Extensions and Renovations. Existing structures can be enhanced with structural steel framing, allowing for simple modifications and additions.

The benefits of using structural steel for residential construction projects include:

  • Increased Lifespan. Using structural steel eliminates the risk of moisture, rot, and termite-related damage, ensuring a long-lasting structure.
  • Pest Resistance. Steel is not prone to pest infestations like wood materials, reducing maintenance requirements.
  • Dimensional Stability. Structural steel holds its shape over time, reducing the risk of warping and cracking.
  • Potential Cost Savings. Prefabricated structural steel framing reduces labor costs, installation time, and material costs.

Quality Structural Steel From Infra-Metals

Infra-Metals is a trusted provider of structural steel products and services to customers across the United States. Depending on your needs, we can supply structural steel that complies with ASTM standards, including:

  • ASTM Standard A36
  • ASTM Standard A500
  • ASTM Standard A572
  • ASTM Standard A588
  • ASTM Standard A709
  • ASTM Standard A992

As part of the Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. family, we can efficiently deliver high-quality structural steel materials and services with fast turnaround times and competitive prices.

Steel in Commercial and Residential Construction

Structural steel is ideal for building commercial and residential structures quickly with high durability, low maintenance, sustainability, and lower costs. Infra-Metals is the premier structural steel provider in the United States, offering everything from structural steel plates, channels, I-beams, and more. We are committed to delivering economical, superior-quality materials that meet your unique needs. For more information about our structural steel capabilities, request a quote today.