In the reinforcement of residential buildings, steel highlights some of its most noteworthy characteristics: high strength/weight ratio and good resistance to temperature fluctuations. Stainless steel is the material that par excellence best meets the needs dictated by urban environments, such as corrosion resistance and long-term durability. In the architecture/construction sector of large complexes dedicated to public services (stadiums, railway stations, etc.), the advantages of steel are also widely acknowledged, which are not just limited to its strength, but also to its extreme elegance and dynamism. Building evolves quickly according to requirements, since steel adapts to modifications and additions more than any other material. Thanks to its physical-mechanical characteristics of high deformability and its resistance to corrosion, for some applications stainless steel constitutes a viable alternative to traditional building materials. Contemporary building projects require certain visual characteristics and long life guarantees. Stainless steel is now a commonplace material thanks to its resistance, anti-corrosion performance, appearance and sustainability. It is also widely used in modern and high standard architectural structures. Ferritic stainless steel also offers very high compatibility and design freedom in creating composite structures in steel and glass, thanks to the way it behaves to heat expansion and contraction, which is very similar to glass itself, compared to austenitic grades and, in general, to the metals traditionally used in architecture, such as aluminium.
Stainless steel is increasingly used thanks to its excellent combination of mechanical strength and corrosion resistance. AST is an experienced partner with technical expertise in a wide range of industries, supplying premium and innovative materials for construction projects around the world. The important role fulfilled by stainless steel, both in terms of structural architectural appearance and the economic aspect, can be found in road networks, where metallic structures are used that, by exploiting some of the fundamental characteristics of steel, allow for: modularity of dimensions; lightness in relation to span widths; anti-seismic features; flexibility of use; superior resistance to high temperatures and fire compared to traditional materials, less maintenance and 100% recyclable material for environment friendly building.