Importance of Steel Fabrication in Construction

Importance of Steel Fabrication in Construction

13th November 2023 · Cathy

Importance of Steel Fabrication in Construction

Over the past few years, the construction industry has been through a significant period of change.

So too has steel fabrication.

Introducing and improving safer and more efficient methods of working, supporting more environmentally friendly workflows, investing in new technology and machinery to improve operations, and supporting more sustainable practices with clearer focus and innovations – these sectors are doing it all – working together to achieve higher quality and outstanding results.

Building contractors rely heavily on steel because of its reliability, high quality, flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability.

Suitable for even the most complex and demanding designs, when you work with a quality and professional steel fabrication team like Morfabrication Ltd, you can be confident that the steel is of the highest integrity, making it suitable for a wide range of conditions.

With a high demand for incredibly strong and durable materials due to the nature of the construction industry, we look throughout this post at the importance of steel fabrication, customised steel benefits, and some of the uses of steel in construction.

Structural steel in construction

Metal fabrication is, we believe, a critical component in almost every industry and sector.

However, it is extremely useful in a variety of construction projects.

Turning sheet metal into specific shapes and components using a series of processes such as bending, CNC cutting, drilling, punching, stamping, welding, etc, fabricators can produce dependable metal structures that guarantee productive, secure, and efficient construction components.

You will find structural steel in:

  • High rise buildings
  • Warehouses
  • Shopping centres
  • Garages
  • Residential buildings
  • Short-term temporary structures
  • And more.

An affordable, durable, and highly stable solution, steel is a structurally sound material for use within the construction industry. Able to withstand some of the harshest weather conditions, steel is also fire-resistant, resistant to termites and other infestations, and does not suffer from creep, splitting, cracking, or rotting, like its wood counterpart.

It also doesn’t age or decay as quickly as other construction materials.

Simple to fabricate, steel is low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing, and used by:

  • Builders
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Designers
  • Architects
  • Project Managers
  • Detailers
  • Equipment Operators

Some custom fabrication applications can include:

  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Steel ladder fabrication
  • Steel frame fabrication
  • Manufacturing steel beams
  • Steel framing panel fabrication
  • Cladding for exterior walls

Structural Steel Fabricators

Morfab uses advanced metal fabrication construction tools and equipment to create high-quality structures that meet industry standards and requirements, with acceptable tolerances and load dimensions as required.

Providing you with a high degree of flexibility, steel in construction can be fabricated in such a way that it can meet various demands and criteria for specific applications.

Advantages of structural steel in construction

Stainless steel is the most commonly used material in construction due to its strength, high level of weather resistance, and its aesthetic appearance.

However, steel does require a lot of skill and expertise to achieve the right level of custom fabrication. Involving high-tech precision and machinery, steel fabricators will also have experience in CAD drawings, bending, shaping, cutting, forming, and welding steel to precise requirements.

Some of the key benefits of structural steel in construction include:

  • Lightweight
  • Strong
  • Flexible
  • Rigidity
  • Ductile properties
  • Durable
  • Cost-effective
  • You can cover large areas at a low cost-per-volume ratio
  • Steel structures can be set up and taken away efficiently and with ease

With various grades of steel available to choose from, you also have the benefit of meeting strict specifications and tolerances, and your chosen fabrication company will be able to advise you on the various grades and which one is the most appropriate for your project/application.

Steel is also highly energy efficient and fully recyclable, which means steel components and structures can be reused over and over again without losing any of the great qualities that this material provides. This makes steel a sustainable choice for fabrication works, allowing you to highlight the social as well as environmental benefits of your project.

Of course, we’re aware there are cheaper alternatives to steel out there (make sure to check out our post on `why cheaper isn’t always better in steel fabrication`); however, unlike other materials such as wood or plastic, steel also won’t warp, twist, buckle or bend—providing you with long life spans and a good long-term investment. It also requires less maintenance, which means less repair work is needed, keeping the material cost-effective and of high quality.

Metal Fab in Construction

Metal fabrication is now fully embedded into construction processes, everyday operations, and structures.

To maximise the benefits that custom fabrication offers, always work with a professional team who have experience in the area and who you can trust to come on board with your construction project.

Supporting you with structural steelwork, architectural steelwork, and groundwork is Morfabrication.

A family-run business with the skills and professionalism to meet your requirements. Providing high standards and competitive pricing, call us today 0191 816 2718 or email to see how we can help support you with your next fabrication project.