Steel – 10 (more) facts

Steel is increasingly used, year on year, in a wide variety of constructs, products & designs. Despite the steels commonality, however, there are a range of lesser-known facts about the material that are of the utmost interest.

Below, we present 10 more points of interest about Billson’s prime material; steel.

  • For each tonne of steel that is recycled, 120 pounds of limestone, 1,400 pounds of coal & 2,500 pounds of iron ore are conserved
  • 95 % of the water used in making steel (in North America) is recycled
  • The 1st steel constructed car was released in 1918
  • Roofs built from steel are fire proof, last longer than 50 years & are 100% recyclable
  • 40 trees are required to construct a wood house. 4 recycled steel cars, however, provide enough material to construct a 2000 sq. ft house
  • Steel is more dent-resistant than it was 10 years ago
  • Steel framed properties don’t twist, rot &/or split
  • 75% of all major appliances are comprised of steel
  • 600 steel tins are recycled every second
  • Steel roofs weigh less than asphalt roofs
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