Steel is a staple of American homes and businesses, but in recent years it’s been the subject of a lot of scrutiny as it’s found its way into the form of composite materials used in various products.
The material is also used in products that are typically used to make toys, but a new study by researchers at the University of California-San Diego finds that its use is starting to make its way back into homes.
The researchers analyzed a database of more than 3,500 homes, and they found that almost 90 percent of homes with multiple bedrooms and one or more bathrooms had used some type of steel composition for the most part, although the composition varied greatly across the U.S. The average percentage of homes that used steel composites for exterior walls, floors, ceilings, and walls, respectively, was about 58 percent.
The study’s authors noted that this could be due to two reasons: 1) more and more homes are opting for more efficient energy efficiency (or heat recovery) in their homes, while 2) steel composite is getting better at capturing heat as it cools, which is an advantage over more thermally conductive materials like aluminum.
The study’s coauthors noted that these two factors combined could explain why the composites are starting to find their way into homes, but they also said the research doesn’t necessarily tell us how much of a role the material will play in the future of the industry.
According to the researchers, this is all to be expected when it comes to using steel in homes, given its ability to absorb energy, retain heat, and cool down quickly.
But the researchers also noted that steel’s use is becoming more commonplace in other areas of modern life, like food production, as well as the construction industry.
The researchers noted that it’s not uncommon for steel products to be sold in the same form as aluminum in food packaging, while the same product could be made from carbon steel and cast iron.