Steel Structures vs. Concrete Structures – Pretorius Structures

Steel Structures vs. Concrete Structures

If you are weighing the pros and cons of steel structures vs. concrete structures, Pretorius Structures provide a few insights into the advantages of steel structures.

Steel and concrete are two of the most common building materials in South Africa today, and customers often wonder which option would be the most suitable for their building needs. Read more below about steel structures vs. concrete structures, to help you make a decision regarding your construction project.

The advantages of steel structures

The following are advantages of steel structures over concrete building methods:

  • Lightweight: The steel structures and materials are much lighter in comparison to other structures such as concrete structures. This makes transportation and construction easier and faster.
  • High strength to weight ratio: Steel is extremely strong and possesses a high strength to weight ratio.
  • Fabrication: Fabrication of the steel structure components mainly take place in a factory, to ensure consistent quality and uniformity. The steel members can also be easily assembled and disassembled.
  • Faster construction times: The steel structures can be erected very easily and faster than concrete / brick and mortar structure structures. The steel structure can be completed in as little as a few weeks, and the structures can be used soon after their erection.
  • No formwork: Steel structures do not need any kind of formwork, like concrete structures require. Building steel structures is simpler, while still achieving excellent results and quality.
  • Pest proof: Unlike timber frames and trusses, steel us not susceptible to termites and mould, and it is quite resistance to rusting, if quality steel is used.
  • Handling and transportation: The lightweight attributes of steel ensures easy transportation and handling.
  • Cost-effective: The construction of steel structures is less labour intensive. There is less material wastage when constructing with steel and construction times are faster. Steel structures are also low maintenance, and the steel can be recycled, re-used or repurposed. These factors contribute to making steel a cost-effective building method for customers in commercial, industrial and agricultural environments.
  • Design capabilities: Steel structures are versatile in design, and possibilities are endless. With the use of professional design software, construction companies can exceed the clients expectations in terms of design and functionality. Let the team from Pretorius Structures design a steel structure that meets all your needs.

About Pretorius Structures

Pretorius Structures have built an outstanding reputation amongst customers in need of steel building services. You can rely on Pretorius Structures for a professional and timely construction service, and a steel building that will exceed all of your expectations. Pretorius Structures is a reputable construction company in the construction industry, and the best choice to get the industrial, commercial and agricultural steel structures you need. Contact Pretorius Structures today to discuss your steel structure project with a helpful consultant.

Our experience, expertise and equipment enable us to provide a professional construction service. No project is too big or too small for our capable team.

We can design and construct everything from standard portal frame structures and lattice type designs to custom-built steel structures. See our complete list of steel constructions services and capabilities, or speak to a consultant to discuss your specific needs.

Areas we service

Pretorius Structures provides steel construction services to customers across South Africa, and have also completed various projects successfully in neighbouring African countries like Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique or Angola.


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Pretorius Structures have assisted many clients across South Africa and neighbouring African countries to erect the best steel structures for their needs. Our expertise, quality structures and cost-effective prices make Pretorius Structures a leading choice of steel structure companies in South Africa and the rest of Africa. Get in touch with a professional consultant today to discuss your steel structure project, and to get the ball on the roll.

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