An example of a truss is a structure that supports an object, such as a bridge or a roof. A truss is a name given to a steel beam used to support a bridge. And in addition to supporting the top, another type of truss is designed to do the same. So, builders, designers, and homeowners all benefit from steel frames and trusses.
Timber-framed houses are more susceptible to fire, making them more vulnerable to damage. Steel, as a non-combustible metal, is less susceptible to fire damage. As a result, steel frames and trusses are one better option in Australia’s fire-prone climate, as they provide more excellent safety and security.
So, by using steel, which is naturally non-combustible, you can reduce the amount of potentially flammable materials in your home, which is ideal in Australia’s bushfire-prone climate. Steel framing is already widely used in high-risk buildings, such as schools and nursing homes. Australia’s Building Research division has suggested building a residence with high fireproofing by eradicating its use of timber and replacing it with steel frames and roofs. Besides, while withstanding the test of time, being slump-free, warp-free and dimensionally accurate construction are all ensured by specific engineering and steel’s natural properties, reducing the risk of cracked mouldings, bowed internal walls or jammed doors. And to provide a trouble-free expansion in the future, these steel frames are built to last a long time.
Recyclable steel framing, made from recycled steel, is the most eco-friendly and sustainable option. It is also possible to construct steel-framed homes with minimal disruption to the natural environment, thanks to their comparatively lower weight. Additionally, the steel structures have been designed to maximise material utilisation, reducing scrap. Also, affordable steel framing costs are comparable to those of other framing materials. Choosing steel frames will also result in significant long-term savings, such as:
- Decreased Cost of Insurance
- Termite spray treatments can be reduced.
- Avoid redecorating or repair expenses.
- Structural maintenance costs are reduced.
Simple and Quick
Steel framing is light and easy to work with pre-punched holes for plumbing and electrical. Construction time is significantly reduced because of its ease of use.
Adaptability in Design
Modern house plans incorporate an increasing number of innovative ideas. Innovating with steel frames’ superior structural strength, architects can come up with new ideas that look great and are easier to implement. As such, traditional to ultra-modern, low-cost to opulent steel frames can be used in construction.
Steel frames could be manufactured to the exact length to reduce the work required by other trades. Pre-punched plumbing or electrical wiring holes save even more effort and time. Even more notably, workers can quickly and easily learn how to assemble a steel frame.
Termite-Proof to the Core
Australian homeowners lose millions of dollars each year due to termite infestation. But, because of their complete termite resistance, termite inspections are unnecessary with steel frames or trusses.
Withstanding the Test of Time
Various structural or measurement issues can arise with timber frames, including shrinkage, warping, cracking, and wall bowing. And all problems associated with timber frames in home construction are eliminated by the high-quality engineering and the inherent properties of steel.
Steel frames and trusses are more cost-effective than other materials because the initial cost is lower, and the long-term maintenance costs are lower. And as a bonus, steel’s price is more steady than that of different materials.