5 Reasons Why Builders Prefer Steel Framing

Steel has many great properties that are ideal for builders. Construction materials such as concrete and wood have many practical uses, but steel can often be a more practical and cost-effective building material.

Why are so many homes in Australia constructed with timber then? The short answer is convention. In the past, wood framing was the preferred choice for residential construction because it was cheaper and easier to assemble on-site than steel. Innovations in Australia’s pre-fabricated steel framing industry has led to a reduction in overall cost and can be installed quickly and efficiently.

It’s worth considering that steel is well-known to be strong, but its other benefits may not be so apparent. These five reasons why builders prefer steel framing will help to inform you of some of the key advantages offered by steel compared to other building materials.

1. Greater Structural Integrity

Choosing steel framing systems is the ideal choice in terms of structural integrity. Steel is strong in both compressive as well as tensile strength as opposed to concrete, which is weak in tension. Furthermore, it’s a dense material, meaning that relatively small steel framing can bear proportionately larger loads than other traditional construction materials.

In addition to being strong, steel is a durable and light-weight material. It’s resistant to termites and naturally resistant to fire. Timber pales in comparison to steel for these reasons.

Engineers have also thoroughly tested the properties of steel and it can be manufactured to precise standards. This helps eliminate potential errors on the building site, as the pre-fabricated steel frames will arrive on the job site already meeting the National Construction Code standard.

2. Fast and Easy to Assemble

Modular steel framing can be assembled off-site and delivered just-in-time during the construction project. This enables builders to reduce costs as well as the risk of on-site assembly taking longer than usual due to unforeseen circumstances.

It can also be assembled to the proper dimensions so that builders simply need to install it in situ according to the architect’s plans without the need of making adjustments. Less on-site work means less opportunity for waste, both in materials as well as labour.

On account of its light weight, steel framing often requires less on-site excavation work and therefore smaller foundations are required as compared to concrete. This translates to a lower project cost and a faster construction time.

3. Environmentally Friendly

Not being susceptible to termites or fire and having superb durability makes steel a material that doesn’t need to be replaced. Timber and concrete often need to be disposed of and can create waste when no longer needed. This makes steel an environmentally-sustainable material in terms of use.

Less structural elements are required because steel is so strong. Timber and concrete construction requires regularly-spaced intervals of load-bearing walls and supporting columns, which results in more overall building materials being used and therefore greater use of natural resources.

4. Aesthetics and Architecture

Greater strength means that greater spans can be introduced. This frees up a lot of internal space within the edifice and allows architects and builders greater freedom to customise its interior form and functionality.

Due to its malleable nature, steel framing can be customised to meet exact specifications. Architects can make use of this by designing unique and appealing designs for clients which may not be feasible with other materials.

Furthermore, steel has acoustic noise dampening characteristics that can eliminate the creaking common to timber-built homes.

5. Recyclable Material

Steel is 100% recyclable and can be reused indefinitely. In fact, nearly 30% of new steel comes from recycled steel. Used steel is always being recycled and repurposed without losing its load-bearing properties.

As Australia’s pre-fabricated steel framing industry continues to grow, the use and reuse of steel means that less raw materials need to be extracted from the earth than with single-use materials.

Structural steel shouldn’t only be thought of as a building material for large-scale commercial or industrial projects. Residential home construction is trending towards innovative use of modular steel framing and the benefits are demonstrably better than using traditional building materials. To discuss your steel framing options for your upcoming development anywhere in Melbourne, contact the experts at Safeway Steel Frames today.

Timber or Steel Roof Trusses?

Are you in the process of constructing a new roof? Then you probably have your hands full as you try to figure out what type of roofing design to choose or what type of roofing cover materials to get for your project. But there is one more thing you absolutely must consider before getting your roof installed; roofing trusses.

Roofing trusses are the construction that keep your roofing materials in place on top of your home. Traditionally, trusses are mostly made of timber and these have quite a few pros and cons to consider before you decide on the best type of trusses for your construction project.

Timber Trusses

Wood trusses are a very popular type of roofing construction material because wood is generally more affordable than steel. But if you think that this is the best roofing material for your home or building then think again. Wood has quite a few negative aspects you need to consider before you decide on this type of truss.

Top Pros of Wood Trusses

  • Affordable material
  • Easy to install with minimal expertise requirements
  • Strong material- dependent on grading
  • Recyclable product- downwards only
  • Renewable product

Top Cons of Wood Trusses

  • Timber is fuel to fire
  • Vulnerable to water damage
  • Timber’s properties will vary over time due to changes in humidity and temperature
  • Can bend or bow over time causing damage to your roof surface
  • It is only renewable at a downgraded level for example used timber can be used for chipboard flooring but once it’s reached the lowest form of recycling it can only end up in landfill.
  • Wood is susceptible to insects such as termites
  • Wood can rot or erode over time
  • Timber isn’t as strong as steel
  • Chemical treatments such as pesticides and oils are required to keep wood in good condition

Steel Trusses

Steel trusses are becoming increasingly popular in modern home constructions for various reasons such as the fact that they can be constructed off-site in advance. At Safeway Steel Frames we truly believe that this is the better and stronger roofing material for your home or building because of the many benefits of this type of material. Here are the top pros and cons of steel trusses.

Top Pros of Steel Trusses

  • Steel is a lot stronger than wood
  • Steel has a much higher strength to weight ratio
  • Steel isn’t fuel to fire and the use of this material reduces the risk of building fires
  • It is much more flexible in terms of design
  • It will keep its shape over time and remain unaffected by temperature and humidity
  • Steel is more durable than wood
  • It can be recycled into the same product
  • No chemical treatments are required to keep steel in good condition
  • Steel isn’t vulnerable to insect infestations or rot
  • Steel is lightweight
  • Steel is a flexible product that can be used to create an infinite amount of roofing designs
  • These materials are fully recyclable

Cons of Steel Trusses

  • A higher skill level is required for building and installing steel trusses
  • Steel is slightly more expensive than wood in the beginning
  • Requires better planning, which is not necessarily bad as better planning produces better outcomes

As you can see, steel trusses do win in terms of durability and functionality. We highly recommend you choose steel instead of wood for your upcoming development. It retains its integrity and remains consistent in shape over time meaning it can be cleverly engineered to be utilised in structural applications without overcompensation. The maintenance is much lower, steel has a much greater carry weight and offers much more protection for your building.

Safeway Steel Frames specialises in these types of structures. We can pre-make any type of steel structures for you and can get them installed for you with ease. With our professional designers and building teams at hand, you will receive a strong roofing structure that will last you a lifetime without the need to ever care and maintain your roof ever again.  

Why Factory Assembled Framing Systems are the Right Choice

Undertaking a steel frame construction project is no easy task.  Even with an experienced project manager leading the way, if your steel source isn’t organised and efficient, it can make a big impact on the success of your project.  Fortunately, the team at Safeway Steel Frames has been in the business of producing high-quality factory assembled framing systems that make it easy for any construction team to complete their project.  Here’s why factory assembled framing systems are the right choice for your next building.

Easy Transport

Once our quality steel framing systems are meticulously assembled in our factory, they’re easily transported right to your construction site.  When framing systems are pieced together from multiple sources, shipments are not always on time, meaning crucial pieces for your project might not be there when you need them, causing significant delays.  By choosing a factory assembled steel framing system from Safeway Steel Frames, you’re taking the stress out of your project knowing that your entire system will arrive together and on time.

Documented Production Processes

We’ve perfected the factory assembly process over years of testing out different fabrication techniques.  We use efficient production processes that we’ve fully documented, making our assembly process virtually seamless.  That means faster assembly time and reduced costs, making your project that much more successful.

Quality Control

All of our factory assembled framing systems go through a rigorous quality control process.  We have multiple fabricators inspect each individual piece of your entire frame to make sure there are no issues.  If there are any issues in the fabrication or assembly process, our team is ready to fix the error and get your frame delivered on time.  When you choose Safeway Steel Frames, you know your factory assembled framing system is going to arrive ready for assembly.

Easy Instructions

We like to help out even the most experienced construction crew with clear, easy to understand instructions on how to assemble the system.  That includes extremely detailed frame layouts and drawings. Our goal is to make sure your project runs smoothly, which is why we take the time to include these plans with every system.

Organised Labelling

To make it even easier, we clearly label every piece of your framing system to match what is in the layout we provide.  There won’t be any guessing, confusion, or mismatched pieces with our thorough labelling system. With no guessing and zero chance for mislabelled pieces, your framing system can be assembled quickly and efficiently.

Save Time and Money

When we assemble your framing system, we think about more than just the steel frames in front of us.  The processes we use are done with you in mind. From ease of transportation to thorough labelling, our goal is to save you time and money on your high-quality steel framing project.  We work to reduce the chance of errors, which can cause serious delays in your construction. Delays and errors cost a lot of time and additional labour costs.

Safeway Steel Frames

As you can see, a lot of careful thought and planning goes into our factory assembled steel framing systems.  The team at Safeway Steel Frames is dedicated to creating an exceptional experience from start to finish. We want to help make your project go successfully, which is why we assemble our framing systems in a way that maximises cost and efficiency. For more information on why a factory assembled framing system is right for you or to get a no-obligation quote, call us or fill out the online enquiry form today.

Why We Use Truecore Steel Coating

If you’re beginning a new steel-frame project, you understand how important it is to choose high-quality steel for your project. Whether you’re concerned about the weight of your building or severe weather, there’s no better steel out there than Truecore steel. We’ve been in business for over 20 years and have provided steel framing systems for numerous projects - there’s no other steel we would trust more than Truecore. Here are some of the top reasons we use Truecore steel.

Costs and Construction

Time If you’re concerned about costs of upkeep and maintenance for your home or commercial building, choosing Truecore is the best way to control those costs. There is very little upkeep required with Truecore - the steel is rolled and coated in a way that makes it incredibly resistant to things like heat, infestations, and weather.

You’ll also save money on your construction costs. Since the steel is coated in a high-quality zinc and aluminium alloy, there is little to no preparation work required prior to starting the build. As soon as the steel is delivered, construction can begin. That saves you a lot of time and money in unnecessary construction costs.

The quality and strength of the steel means less steel is needed overall for your project. That means you won’t have to buy as much steel and can cut back on your construction costs. You’re going to get incredible support and safety with Truecore steel, all while saving money.

Warranty

Truecore steel comes with an incredible 50-year warranty. This high-quality steel meets Australian safety and design standards, meaning it’s the best steel on the market. On the off chance that something does go wrong with your Truecore steel, you’re covered under the impressive 50-year warranty.

Safety

The number one reason to choose Truecore steel is because of its safety. The blue coating on the steel is for more than just looks. The zinc and aluminium alloy coating that we mentioned earlier is what gives the steel its famous blue colour. That coating protects the steel against corrosion. Steel that doesn’t have protective coatings are very susceptible to corrosion over time, which can severely impact the integrity of the steel.

The steel is hot-dipped into the coating, which helps bind it to the steel on all sides. The way that the steel is hot-dipped in the coating allows the thickness to be controlled, meaning you’re getting consistent thickness throughout your steel.

Truecore steel is naturally resistant to pests, specifically termites. Termites can cause a lot of damage to homes and buildings that are made of wood frames - with steel frames, you don’t have to worry about termites eating away at your frame. The protective coating on the steel means you don’t have to waste time and money on additional protective coatings.

If you’re worried about fires breaking out in your home or office, Truecore steel is just what you need. Steel is resistant to fire, and the Truecore steel coating adds another layer of fire-resistance to your framing system. By choosing steel, you’re dramatically reducing the amount of flammable material in your building. Homes and commercial buildings with wood frames are at a much higher risk for fires.

Safeway Steel Frames

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to choose Truecore steel over any other building material. Whether you’re looking to reduce construction costs or improve safety, this steel is the right choice for you. There is no better coating than the blue coating on Truecore steel. For more information on Truecore steel or to schedule a consultation with our team, contact Safeway Steel Frames today.

How Steel Frames Stand Up to Winter

When you’re beginning a new construction project, you may not think about how cold weather can impact the building. While it rarely gets cold enough for the temperature to have a major impact on a building, it’s important to keep Melbourne’s varying weather conditions in mind when choosing a material. There’s no better material that stands up to winter than steel. Here’s how a steel framing system can withstand even the harshest winters and why you should consider steel for your next project.

Durability

Steel is the most durable building material out there and can easily withstand both hot and cold temperatures. Extreme temperatures won’t cause our steel to warp, bend, or weaken like low-quality steel or other building materials. One of the biggest safety concerns for building is when materials can’t handle extreme heat or cold. We can’t control the weather, but we can control what materials we use when constructing buildings.

We use TrueCore steel in ALL of our builds, meaning it’s protected from corrosion. The winter months are often harsher on buildings than the rest of the year, so you’ll want to make sure your building is protected. Without this state of the art coating, steel is more susceptible to colder temperatures and harsher weather.

Resistant to Fire

As the temperatures continue to drop, it’s natural to warm your buildings with internal heating systems. The more you use your heating systems, the higher the chance that a fire could happen. Safety is a big concern in large commercial construction projects, and choosing steel is a great way to minimise risk. Steel is naturally fire resistant and greatly reduces the amount of flammable material in your home or commercial building.

TrueCore is also non-combustible, which is a major asset if a fire does ever happen. The frame of your building will help maintain the fire, not spread it. You’ll rest easy knowing that if something does happen this winter from using your heating systems, your steel frame building helps reduce everyone’s risk.

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Using Steel in Homes

If you’re interested in building a new home, steel is a fantastic material to use for your frame. Safety, dependability, and cost are all top reasons to choose steel as your frame material. You want to keep your family safe, and choosing steel is choosing safety. With steel being resistant to both fire and mould, you’re making sure your family isn’t at risk this winter.

One of the biggest issues in colder temperatures is water damage. Other framing materials such as wood absorb water, which cannot only rot the wood, but can freeze in cold enough temperatures. That freezing can cause the wood to expand and crack, which compromises your home’s structural safety. By choosing steel, you no longer have to worry about your home’s structural integrity being compromised.

You can also save on maintenance costs for your home over time. With materials that are susceptible to pests and weather, you have to schedule regular maintenance and upkeep services to make sure your home is still safe. With steel, you don’t have to worry about any of that. You don’t need to schedule termite inspections and you don’t have to regularly check if your framing system has been compromised by water or harsh weather.

Choose Safeway

No matter what your project, the steel experts at Safeway Steel Frames can help you every step of the way. Whether it’s a residential build or a large commercial site, there’s no project too big or too small for the Safeway team. Fill out our contact form for a no-obligation quote today.

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