Structural Steel Components

Structural steel forms the backbone of many different types of building projects. A longtime favorite for commercial construction, structural steel is quickly becoming a new staple for residential developments and more architecturally demanding structures. It offers nearly unmatchable strength, durability, cost-effectiveness and productivity benefits. Steel frames can be combined with almost any other building material, such as concrete, brick or even glass.

There are many grades of steel available, though structural steel contains more carbon than other alloys to make it stronger. Structural steel is a great framing material because it’s resistant to corrosion, rust, mold, flames, and other types of damage. Steel’s high tensile strength and ductility make it an ideal solution to frame buildings in areas with severe winds and earthquakes. 

If you’re using structural steel to frame your building, there are four main types of frame structures to choose from:

  • Steel building frame structure — This type of steel building frame structure consists of steel beams and columns that can withstand vertical and horizontal loads. They are rigid and connect to form a flexible layout, so these structures can easily withstand high wind loads and earthquakes. Steel building frame structures are used to construct high-rise buildings, super-high-rise buildings, multistory buildings, conference centers and commercial office buildings. This system is divided into four subtypes: frame structure, frame bracing structure, frame shear wall structure and frame tube structure.
  • Steel portal frame structure — Steel portal frame structures are what may come to mind when you think of an airplane hangar. They are constructed from hot-rolled steel and can be erected very quickly, thanks to their straightforward design. Steel portal frame structures are used for low-rise or single-story structures with wide, open floor plans. Some common applications are warehouses, barns, and other structures that need large, open spaces at a low cost. 
  • Steel truss structure — Steel truss structures are made of beams or rods with hinges at either end. These are grouped into plane or space trusses, used to form two- and three-dimensional configurations, respectively. These trusses are lightweight and they can efficiently span large distances. Finally, steel truss structures use upper and lower chords, so they often use less steel compared to other types of structures. 
  • Steel grid structure — Steel grid structures are interconnected rods that form a grid pattern. Just like trusses, they can form two-dimensional or three-dimensional shapes. Steel grid structures distribute stress across the framework, so they can be a great choice for areas with seismic activity. Lightweight but strong, they can be ideal for gyms, exhibition halls and theaters.

We offer a wide selection of innovative preengineered structural steel components designed for simple construction techniques. Get in touch with us to start planning your steel building project. National Steel Buildings’ experienced design team is here to work with you every step of the way!

PEMB Fabrication

Your investment in an economical steel facility begins with high-performing steel building materials. High-quality, innovative materials ensure that your steel building can withstand extreme weather while maintaining a comfortable temperature. 

  • We meet AWS and AISC standards.
  • We only source top-quality products.
  • Paint systems are available.
  • We supply environmentally efficient systems.
  • We provide production tracking.

Material Delivery and On-Site Support

We offer a single-source solution for customers who don’t have a trusted construction partner. Our design, delivery and compliance experts work together seamlessly with erection teams for a proactive approach to problem solving. 

National Steel Buildings is a certified Varco Pruden Builder, which means we’re authorized to represent them as trusted local members of their industry-leading builder’s network. 

  • Material inspection prior to loading.
  • Freight insured during transit.
  • Shipping documents and material lists.
  • Scheduled job site inspections.

Component Material Sourcing and Fabrication

Your steel building can be as functional and unique as you like. With over 17 years in the industry, we have the buying power to offer competitive pricing on today’s cutting-edge building materials without sacrificing quality, service or warranties. 

We can optimize your steel building to be eco-friendly, energy efficient, safe, simple and durable, or attractive and bold. Let our designers know what your priorities are!

Some of the most common structural steel components include:

  • Hot-rolled steel beams (I-beams, C-beams and L-shapes).
  • Structural channels.
  • Wide flange beams.
  • Tubing.
  • Columns.
  • Girders.
  • Trusses.
  • Steel joists.
  • Angles.
  • Bracing.
  • Plates.
  • Bars.

PEMB Project Tracking

You’ll never have to wonder what’s going on with your building project. Your project manager will share regular updates as materials are fabricated and loaded for delivery. They will also provide updates on your project’s status once construction begins.

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