Steel is the most commonly used metal when it comes to the building industry today. It has also been a staple material for commercial construction. Just recently, steel has begun to be used in making strong inroads into the market of residential building.
Many people are now opting to use steel frames for their building. This move is fueled by the increase of costs for lumber and the need to conserve the resources for timber products. Also, builders are now discovering other advantages that they can get from using steel frames rather than the traditional wood frames for their house.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Steel Frames
Steel frames used in building houses are using the same framing techniques by that of wood-framed buildings. Likewise, its construction costs between the two materials run about the same. However, unlike wood, steel is impermeable to termites and other wood-eating insects. Steels also provide some added resistance to earthquakes and fires.
Architects and builders also have the liberty to incorporate new designs because steel ceiling joints can span greater distances than its wooden counterpart. Also, steel will not rot over time. This will reduce the chance wherein you will need to contact again your contractor to help you in correcting the construction defects.
However, you also need to be cautious when using steel for your buildings. Take note that steel can be less energy efficient that wood frame buildings. This means that metal transfers cold and heat more readily than a wood material. To be able to stop this heat and cold transfer, the contractor should be knowledgeable in wrapping insulating boards into the steel framing. This will help in lessening the rapid energy transfer performed by steel.
Steel Frame Appearance
Steel frames used in houses can range in their appearances. They can vary from the traditional bungalow to the ultra-modern and sophisticated looking mansion. This is possible to achieve because of the enormous variety of non-structural linings and finishes that you can add to your house using a steel frame as your building foundation.
With the lightweight steel framing, you are able to support a wide range of innovative shading, lighting, and glazing solutions to be able to achieve that attractive and thermally comfortable house in under different climates.
Steel Frames Structural Capability
Using a steel lightweight frame will provide you with a good compressive strength and a strong tension. Specially engineered steel structural design solutions can exploit these characteristics to be able to maximize its structural capacity while minimizing the materials to be use in the project.
Steel wall frames typically are around 70 mm or 90 mm deep. This is a good addition to its strength that can be achieved by using thicker gauge steel. Engineered steel solutions are used in different ways such as bending, folding, or extruding. This helps in gaining the maximum structural advantage for minimal steel thicknesses. Using a thin steel section will help in strengthening the unit with angles and corners. Also, the framing system for steel can vary to suit different kinds of designs or construction systems while providing and obtaining engineering certification.