Steel VS Brick

Brick buildings were once popular but now are being replaced by steel structures. Steel has become an answer to various problems in construction and upkeep. Cost-efficient and easier to build with, the many benefits of steel have turned contractors away from any other material. There are several advantages of using steel for construction projects including, cost efficiency, a smoother build, and durability.


At first glance, steel is significantly cheaper than brick. Steel buildings are designed using pre-fabricated parts that are created off-site. Since this work is done off-site, this reduces labor and overall cost. Steel is also a more durable material that saves money throughout its lifetime because it requires less maintenance. Brick, unfortunately, does not have as many benefits. Brick is a more expensive material that is assembled one by one. The total cost of a brick project is increased due to the increase in labor. Brick structures don’t hold up to weather as steel does. Depending on the weather, brick buildings will expand or contract. This is the result of moisture infiltration, freezing, and thawing over time. Constant maintenance is required to reinforce mortar and repair cracks caused by the weather. Steel is the best option to help stay on budget and for a quicker build.


Construction projects built using steel are completed in half the time of a brick project. Brick buildings require specific weather conditions for the mortar to set correctly. The weather cannot dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or the entire project goes on hold. Additives for the mortar can bypass the weather requirements but an unexperienced mason can put the building’s integrity at risk. Brick needs to individually laid out by stonemasons that need a lengthy timeline. Unlike brick, steel designs can be completed within a few months. Steel structures don’t require specialized skills, such as stonemasons. Weather conditions don’t affect the process of building with steel as well. While brick crumbles, steel holds up to elements and maintain durability.


Steel structures are virtually indestructible compared to brick buildings. High-quality sealants and protective coatings help protect the smallest crevices in steel structures. Some steel components have 40+ year warranties to ensure the quality of the build lasts. Steel can go face to face against and tornado and make it through. Most municipal buildings, schools, and churches are often made of steel. These buildings are often used as evacuation zones during tornados since their structures can withstand more than the average building. bricks are not as durable to extreme weather, unlike steel. Brick buildings receive more damage the longer they last. Most commonly, brick endures moisture damage and corrosion. Without regular maintenance, mildew is likely to grow and can affect the air quality within the building. 


A material that can withstand a tornado and is cost-efficient is going to be any contractors number one material. Steel buildings won’t replace brick structures completely. However, steel will be chosen over brick for upcoming projects.