Steel Framing Construction
Integrated Steel Framing Systems
Most modern buildings with metal frames are used commercially or for multiple dwellings, such as high rise offices and apartment blocks making steel frame systems the perfect choice for construction.
However, there is no good reason why steel should not be used for constructing a free-standing home. Metal has many advantages over timber as a framing material due to it’s amazing properties.
Light-gauge construction , also known as domestic steel frame building, uses thin sheets of steel shaped into studs which are put together using similar techniques to timber framing.
Because aluminium is weaker than steel, aluminium frames are less commonly installed.
However, they can be useful in coastal regions where steel corrodes easily, or in very cold regions where the metal becomes brittle.
Metal framed homes are superior to timber framed homes in several ways. Metal won’t warp or rot, and it is resistant to white ant infestation. A metal frame is more resistant to fire than a timber frame, tends to withstand earthquake and wind pressure better, and will not warp as much.
Metal frames generally bear more weight than timber frames and therefore provide the basis for straighter walls. Their extra weight may also eliminate the need for load-bearing walls inside a building.
Steel and aluminium are recyclable, unlike timber. These materials are often cut to the correct size before they reach the building site, which reduces waste.
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