Steel has been a versatile building material in the United States for decades. Its lighter weight, high durability and low cost make it an easy choice for large and small construction crews and projects. At U.S. Bridge, we use steel as our primary material for building bridges. Below are some of the key advantages of steel bridges in building and construction projects alike.
Steel is one of the most durable materials available. It can withstand major environmental disasters, such as massive earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. In fact, during the 1994 earthquake in Northridge, California, it is estimated that 96 percent of all steel bridges were undamaged, even though the surrounding infrastructure took a massive hit. Steel affords unparalleled strength, making it ideal for spanning longer distances. And of course, steel is long-lasting, making it a great choice for projects that need to last the ages.
The multiple advantages of steel equate to a more cost-effective option than other building materials. Smaller crews working with smaller scale construction equipment can install and erect steel-based projects because of its light weight. This lighter weight also allows for faster installation, so projects are erected more quickly. This timeliness also affords key cost-savings advantages to construction companies.
As the number one recycled material in North America, steel outpaces glass, paper and aluminum. Steel can be recycled from job to job, meaning the amount of generated “steel waste” is nominal. Steel’s sustainability also has a significant positive impact on the environment. Since 1975, the greenhouse gas emissions from every ton of shipped steel have reduced by a total of 45 percent.
Advantages of Steel Bridges
Steel is one of the most sophisticated building materials available today. Its state-of-the-art composition can bring about significant cost savings, as well as innovation in building. The advantages of steel as a lighter weight and more durable material than concrete results in quicker and easier construction.
U.S. Bridge is proud to be a long-established, family-owned business in the steel bridge industry. Our custom built bridges are for the private and public sector, and in more than 50 countries across the globe. With more than 10,000 projects completed, our team of experienced engineers can bring your steel bridge to life. Get a free quote today.