Busting the Myths Surrounding Steel Frames

Just the other day I was talking to a couple and I mentioned that 95% of the homes we build are now steel framed homes. I was met with a wary look and slightly raised eyebrows that led me to question, are people still not convinced about the positives that steel framed homes provide?

I asked them both what made them immediately react to the words “steel framed homes” and they listed off a few things they believed about the topic which ranged from “steel frames are noisier than timber frames” to “but won’t it be harder to adjust the steel frames down the track should we ever want to extend our home?”

So lets look at the top 5 myths surrounding a steel framed home.

1) Steel frames interfere with mobile, Wifi and television reception –

I had to admit, I had never heard of this myth before. I scrolled through my contacts and found the number of a past client (her name is Sue) who had built a home with us using steel frames and after explaining what the question was, she was able to confirm that her TV reception and Wifi was not effected at all.

Steel Frames interfere with Mobile

2) Steel frames creak and groan and are noisier than timber frames –

This myth seems to be the most heard of when it comes to building with steel frames and comes from the belief that the frame hugely expands and contracts with the rise and fall of the temperature. The truth is that steel frames are no noisier than timber frames, and when constructed and paired with other materials (like insulation), can potentially be less noisy and far superior to timber frames.

A Steel Frame

3) A steel frame is harder to adjust down the track if you want to extend your home –

A Steel stud or frame is super easy to cut and adjust, resulting in changes and extensions to a home being easily achievable.

4)  Buying a Steel frame is more expensive than a timber frame and sub-contractors charge more to work with it –

We have found that steel frames are actually the same price, if not a little bit cheaper than timber frames. Many of the regular sub-contractors who work with us prefer working with it once they got used to it as a Steel frame is always straight and goes together like a charm – therefore labour costs in erecting are reduced.

 

5) Steel frames expand causing plasterboard and cornices to crack –

Everything (steel, timber and everything in between) expands and contracts with the change of temperature. The difference with steel however is that it has a narrower range of expansion than wood and plasterboard, and is not susceptible to moisture (unlike timber), which swells and contracts on exposure to moisture variance.

 

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