What are the Types of Structural Steel Framing Systems?

Blog | July 26th, 2018

Cast your eyes toward the skyline the next time you are walking around the city. You’ll notice that there are buildings of all shapes, sizes, and heights. What you probably don’t realise, right off the bat, is that each building might be constructed by using incredibly different framing mechanisms. Here at A+ Steel Fabrication, we understand the power that knowledge and education can have with our potential customers. So, in order to learn a little more about the industry, we are going to focus our discussion on the different types of structural steel framing systems used when erecting a building. Are you ready to learn a little more about this fascinating industry?

Different Types of Structural Steel Framing Systems

When a building is erected, builders must use the correct type of framing system so that their work can progress in a safe and efficient manner. There are a variety of different structural steel framing systems that are used in the construction field and most of them are relatively obscure to the casual reader. Let’s break down the most common types of structural steel framing systems so that you can get a better understanding of the job that we do.

Skeleton Steel Framing System
– The first system that we will discuss focuses on a perimeter of steel beams as well as steel columns. These beams and columns are connected in an almost web-like pattern. This is probably the most common structural steel framing system that is used on a regular basis.

Wall Bearing Steel Framing System
– Next up we have a structured system built around wall bearings. This framing system is most commonly used with lower rising structures such as a single story home. These framing systems typically have trouble with heavier loads. You’ll occasionally see these systems reinforced by concrete walls which help the system to endure heavier weights.

Long Span Steel Framing
– Finally, we have the long span structural steel framing system. This framing system is largely used on bigger projects that require taller arches and heavier loads. Within the long span framing system, you’ll frequently see girders, trusses, arches and rigid frames employed depending on the specificity of the project.

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