Did you know that red iron refers to the colour steel is sprayed with after it is manufactured?
Or that steel is one of the strongest, and most recyclable, materials used in buildings today?
In this guide, you’ll find out everything you need to know about red iron buildings, including what they are and when they are used.
Ready? Let’s go!
What’s in this guide?
What is the red iron?
Red iron, like the name suggests, is a red material which is made from steel, but it is sprayed with a red iron oxide after it is manufactured.
But this isn’t used just for aesthetics.
The red iron oxide used for the steel will act as a barrier to protect the steel from water, it also gives the steel a rusty red look too.
Red iron is traditionally a popular material for buildings, which is why it is widely available and can be often seen in many rural buildings.
For instance, you might see red iron used for barns and agricultural storage.
Where are red iron structures used?
As red iron structures, especially prefabricated ones, are so accessible and useful, they can be used for a wide variety of buildings which include the following:
- Storage buildings
- Agricultural buildings
- Equestrian arenas
- Retail shops
- Industrial plants
- Office buildings
- Large vehicle storage
What are the advantages of using red iron?
There are many different benefits to using red iron, especially as the primary material used is steel, which is both recyclable and very strong and flexible.
Here are some of the main advantages of using red iron as your primary material in your structure.
✔ Steel contains 77% recyclable material
✔ Steel can be recycled without losing strength or durability
✔ There is a high production of steel
✔ Many wooden buildings require over 60 trees just for the frame, while steel doesn’t need any trees to be cut down
✔ Red iron steel is resistant to rust, fire and termites, thanks to the non-combustible nature of the material
✔ Steel is traditionally much less expensive to purchase than others like wood
✔ I-beam shapes mean that the structure will be sturdy and won’t require many load bearing columns
✔ Red iron steel is known throughout the contractor world, so many know how to use it in buildings
✔ Thus, metal can be a much better conductor than wood, which carries some negatives, however with insulation packages they can be very energy efficient
Are there any disadvantages to using red iron?
There are some disadvantages to having a red iron building, so let’s take a look at some of the main cons.
✗ Red iron is a strong conductor, which makes it fragile to the heat or cold
✗ There are some high installation costs with red iron
✗ Red iron buildings are best suited for larger structures such as for industrial use or factories
✗ Requires professionals to help you put your building together
Is red iron right for me?
Deciding whether red iron is best for you and your building depends on many different factors, including the following:
- The budget for your project