Made from smelted iron, people have been producing steel for about 4,000 years. One of the most common building materials, steel is strong, sleek and safe. It is no surprise that it is common in many different types of buildings. The majority of large buildings today (like skyscrapers, bridges, stadiums, etc.) have a steel support system–or at least steel reinforcements. Not only is it an integral part of the structure, but steel is also used in other materials like nails and bolts.
So many builders choose steel because its safety is so impressive. Both earthquake and fire resistant, steel holds its own against disasters. Adding other features will only protect the steel and enhance its given protection.
There are many steel production plants all over the world, but especially in the U.S., Russia, China, and India. Iron is essentially melted down in an industrial plant in a process called smelting.
It’s important to recycle steel, since mining and smelting iron isn’t the best for the environment. You can recycle cans and even cars! The material will be melted down again to make a new product.
Sleek and shiny, some people really love the look of steel. It can be very aesthetically pleasing. At the very least, steel provides more support with less material, allowing architects to be more creative.