We recommend using structural steel because of its high strength to weight ratio and the integrity it gives to your deck. Since steel is a solid material, it is appropriate for building open web joists or light gauge frames. Steel is durable, resistant to fire and pests, and requires minimal maintenance. Installing steel structures requires expertise and specialized training because steel is heavier than wood. We have professional teams on board who are proficient in handling this building material.
Residents Often Prefer Structural Steel Because of its Benefits
Steel has several benefits over conventional wood frames because of its resilient nature. Steel deck assemblies are typically cost-effective since less material is used to achieve the same results. Builders can double or triple the distance between the trusses without compromising on the strength of the deck. You can also expect less wastage since structural steel is available in pre-fabricated precise dimensions. Any scrap leftover can be recycled instead of ending up in landfills. Possibly, the best advantage of using steel over wood is that you’ll save on labor costs. Workers can quickly install the deck by loading collated screw packages into screw guns and affixing the steel into place.
Structural Steel is Fast-Becoming the Chosen Material for Outdoor Decks
At Chicago Roof Deck and Garden, we often have clients requesting innovative decking solutions that are more durable, cost-effective, and time-saving. We suggest using cold-formed steel trusses for decks, which are so much more versatile. Research is also being conducted on how steel performs during seismic activity.
If you would like more information about using structural steel for your outdoor patios, porches, and decks, we’ll provide the details you need.