Building in steel gives your home the edge


Story: Kithomes

2021-04-01 14:14:06

Building in steel gives your home the edge


Building in steel gives your home the edge

For many areas of Australia and in other parts of the world timber eating pests such as termites can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Building in steel is 100% termite and borer proof and will give you total peace of mind. Timber framed homes will require the use of toxic chemicals to keep pests at bay and this will be an on-going cost.

A steel framed home will not attract mould and fungi and steel has become recognised as a healthy home alternative for people suffering from breathing disorders.

Safety in the home is increased with steel as it is non-combustible and significantly reduces the amount of flammable materials around the home. The fact that steel is well grounded makes it less probable to be hit or impaired by a lightning strike.

The strength of steel is unlimited, and it can provide structural integrity in cyclonic conditions, cold climates, high snow loadings, high fire zones and coastal environments.

The durability of steel means it requires little maintenance making it a cost-effective choice.

Steel will not shrink, twist or warp, reducing the likelihood of problems such as cracking cornices, jamming doors, sticking windows or wavy rooflines.

Steel is light weight and therefore easier to handle which makes construction faster.

Steel is environmentally friendly and energy efficient being one of the most recycled materials on the planet and can be recycled at the end of its lifespan,

When combined with other design enhancements such as linings and insulation,

Steel buildings are notably energy efficient. The connections between high-quality, prefabricated steel parts are so exact that with the addition of adequate insulation they are air-tight and comfortable, ensuring the building has a completely sealed envelope.

Light weight steel framing is precision engineered to be dimensionally accurate which means there are no specialised fasteners, cutting, retaining or hefty lifting of bulky timber lengths. This means fewer employees on site, it removes the need for cranes and heavy machinery and gives a much faster construction time.

Steel is lighter than wood and therefore it reduces materials shipping costs and can also simplify the design of a building's foundations.

Steel is very versatile and allowing home designers to be more creative with design. The high strength-to-weight ratio of steel roof framing allows for longer spans, creating larger, more open living areas.