What you may not know about Steel, and why it’s our preferred choice…

It’s recyclable.

Most people don’t realize when you buy steel, you are always buying recycled material. The North American steel industry has been recycling steel for more than 150 years. Iron and Steel are some of the easiest forms of materials to recycle because of their magnetic pull out of waste streams. Because of this, more steel is recycled than any other type of waste, and energy output to do so is less than with most materials.  Recovering steel saves both money and massive amounts of energy compared to making new material. With more focus on recycling steel, limestone is conserved for less wear and tear on the Earth. It takes more than 40 trees to build a wood-framed home; it takes approximately four recycled cars to frame a 2000 sq.ft. house.  Furthermore, more than 95% of the water used to make steel in North America is also recycled.

It’s strong. 

Steel products can be recycled multiple times without loss of strength in the material. Over the years, the North American steel industry has been able to make steel parts more dent-resistant and up to 30% stronger than they were a decade ago.  Steel roofs can last over 50 years, while traditional roofs last only 17.

For more information and facts on the subject, please see the links below:

American Iron and Steel Institute

Steel Recycling Institute