Why We Build With Steel

From strength to durability; why build with steel?

A brief history of construction

The Neolithic age; better known as the Stone Age, was a time period roughly from 9000 BC to 5000 BC. This is where we first start to see the documentation of construction. At this time, materials ranged from bone, stone, hide, clay and bark. Generally, materials which were foraged and easily available.

Moving on from this is the copper and bronze age in which was up to about 3000 BC, followed by the iron age up to about 50 BC. These eras are pretty self-explanatory for the types of material used in construction at the time. But it is most note-worthy that tools were started to be created to make manufacturing and construction easier.

If we fast forward through the ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Roman empire right through to the middle ages and finally arrive in the 18th century. This is when steel construction was first used in substantial quantities.

The expanse of modern-day steel construction?

Steel is one of the most widely used building materials in construction today, mainly because they are versatile, durable, and affordable.

We use steel for a variety of different projects, including the construction of roads and rails, building infrastructures and the construction of modern architecture from skyscrapers and airports to residential homes. Even buildings that are constructed using some other material (such as concrete) are often reinforced with steel beams. Inside our homes and in our daily lives, we use steel for appliances, furniture, and vehicles, as well as tools, bolts, screws, nails, and other basic building supplies.

Why Build With Steel?
    • Steel is one of the few metals that is continuously recyclable. In any steel structure, you are likely to find at least 25% recycled steel. The recycling process does not break down or weaken steel which means it can enter a closed loop circular economy.


    • Steel is versatile. It has an endless number of uses, from some of the world most expensive structures, such as the $15 billion the Abraj Al Bait in Saudi Arabia. To some more recognisable constructions such as The Shard or Gerkin in London.


    • The strength of steel is unbelievable. It can withstand all natural and man-made wear and tear including; termites, fire, rust and rot. Steel constructions will last the test of time, extreme weather and heavy use. There is not a material that has these same properties.


  • Despite these amazing factors, steel buildings are not expensive. Steel itself is relatively cost-effective in comparison to other materials on construction properties. It can be also moulded into exact shapes and sizes meaning less waste.

Timmins Engineering builds with steel. They offer a wide range of steel buildings from agricultural buildings to recycling buildings and industrial buildings. Contact Timmins Engineering today for a building that will last the test of time.