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Carbon Steel for Construction


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Due to its strength and durability, carbon steel is a valuable material for a wide range of construction purposes and projects. Carbon steel is ideal for construction projects including structural framework, roofing, reinforcing bars, and more. Infrastructure construction uses for steel include bridgework, railways, tunnels, as well as pipeline construction for utilities for water and gas.

Why Steel is Used in the Construction Industry

As one of the strongest materials for construction, steel is often used for its high strength-to-weight ratio when compared to other available materials. Benefits of low-carbon steel for construction include:
  • Easily weldable
  • Machinable
  • Malleable
  • Cost-effective when compared to other steel alloys
  • Recyclable
  • Linear elastic material
Mild carbon steel also offers the flexibility and ductility that makes it useful for building frames and structures. In the event of an earthquake or other environmental events, steel constructed buildings will withstand the effects better than other materials.

Which Steel Type is Best for Construction?

The best steel grade for your construction project will be dependent on your construction project. Common steel types used in construction include the following:carbon steel rods
  • Low-carbon steel/mild steel
    • Widely used in construction due to its ductility and strength
  • Rebar steel
    • Used to reinforce masonry or concrete. Also offers resistances and expansion capabilities

Low Carbon Steel and Construction Applications

Environmentally friendly, low-carbon steel provides an eco-friendly solution for construction and structural applications. Additional structural application uses for low-carbon steel include:
  • Steel frame buildings
  • Industrial sheds/outbuildings
  • Commercial and residential buildings
  • Parking garages

Mild Carbon Steel Alloy Options

Common mild carbon steel alloys used for construction applications:

Find the Low Carbon Steel You Need for All Your Construction Projects

Construction project needs vary, which makes having a great selection of steel bar products increasingly important. Check out IMS’ selection of steel bar options, including steel rebar, hot rolled steel round bar, 1018 steel square bar, and more.