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Structural Steel Beam, The Essential Guide

Structural steel beam essentials from experts of Structural Beam, your local one-stop provider in Chicago, Il.

Structural Steel Beam, The Staple Of Steel Construction Industry

The steel beam is a staple of all modern construction, and Chicago played a significant role in the establishment and growth of this industry. Today Chicago is one of the main US markets for quality steel beams — and our company, Structural Beam, offers a variety of services and building solutions. Read this guide and learn everything you need to know about this branch of the industry or give us a call at 773-917-8998 for a free consultation or estimate!

Chicago, Il- the great start for the mighty beam.

By the mid-19th-century steel was widely used in the railroad’s construction industry and other industrial applications. Technology was catching up with demand, and by  1879 inventor Sidney Thomas developed a way to remove phosphorus from steel, thus increasing its quality. S.Thomas’s  “Basic Process” meant lower costs of production and more consistent quality of hot-rolled structural steel for building and fabrication industries.

The iconic I-section beam was about to appear on the scene in its full glory. It has been around for a while,  along with a manufacturing method developed in 1849 by an engineer named Alphonse Halbou.  Before that regular steel beams had a Z-section profile.

Advantages of steel beam usage in residential construction

Turns out, using structural steel beams in residential buildings has many advantages :

  • Compared to wood, steel beams are fire, element, mold, fungus- and pest-resistant.
  • Easy to use and versatile, steel beams allow accomplishing a lot with less expenditure and effort.
  • Provides exceptional durability, structural stability, and safety of the residential buildings.
  • Allows for new, efficient, and innovative methods of construction
  • Allows for use of the longer section spans, thus eliminating the need for columns
  • Allows for the flight of architect’s imagination to play with shape and form

Steel beam anatomy

  • I-section beam is a steel beam with an I-shaped cross-section.
  • The horizontal elements are called “flanges”, the vertical element is called “web”.  While the web resists shear forces,  the flanges resist most of the bending momentum.
  • Steel beams are made by hot rolling and are generally made from ASTM A36 steel, wide-flange shapes are available in stronger grade ASTM A992.
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Project Requirements Assessment
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Material Resourcing
Different steel beams exist for various purposes. We have the resources and capabilities to ensure that you get the beams you need exactly when you need.
Safe, fast, quality-assured installation
The erection of structural steelwork consists of the assembly of steel components
Steel beam applications in residential construction

Steel beams are widely used in residential construction for columns, joists, and beams of various lengths and sizes.

Understanding the capabilities of steel beams is a necessity for the modern civil engineer or construction worker.

As these beams are strong, they are used to create large and spacious rooms with minimal support channels. When a house is redeveloped, these beams are used to replace old structural channels.

Here at Structural Beam, your local one-stop steel beam solution provider in Chicago, Il area, we are well-versed in all the steel beam applications in residential and commercial buildings, give us a call today!

We offer the following services
On-site job measuring and manufacture!
Supply & fabrication of structural steelwork
Custom metal fabrication
Full site installation with qualified tradespeople
Frequently Asked Questions

Can I build a house with steel beams?

Yes, most of the modern houses are built with the help of steel beams. At Structural Beam, we specialize in structural steel construction. Give us a call today and get a free consultation and a free quote!

How much does a steel beam cost?

Depending on the requirements of your project, there might be a considerable difference in the cost of a steel beam — the price difference is determined by the type of beam, the dimensions, etc.  Looking to find out how much do the beams you need might cost, and where to buy them near you, in the Chicago, Il area?

Get in touch with us at 773-917-8998 and get a free consultaion on the type of beam your project requires and get a free price quote from us today!

What is the best steel beam?

All beams are good, the right beam for the right purpose. Our company Structural Beam supplies the beams you need, and if you are not sure about the beams you need to buy— we can help with that, too. Reach out and get your quote from us, your local one-stop structural steel beams provider Chicago, Il

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