Steel frame houses are cost-effective, lightweight, easy to handle, and manufactured under strict quality control guidelines. Steel framing is also termite proof and non-combustible. Non-combustible and highly fire-resistant, steel is much superior to traditional materials and will not fuel the flames. This attribute makes steel the ideal material for building in bushfire-prone regions.
The use of steel framing in construction eliminates any concern about the house suffering any structural damage from insects or water. Steel frames don’t rust or rot, and insects don’t like making steel structures their home.
The overall recycling rate of the steel industry is approx. 66%, the highes of any industry, offering an environmentally sound home framing alternative. Steel is completely recyclable, making steel frames better for the environment than most other frames. Termite-treated wood is non-recyclable, and therefore goes straight to landfill. Almost all other wood can only be down-cycled and not many materials can be efficiently recycled. Steel framing scrap is a valuable commodity that should not end up in a landfil. With its 100% recyclability and infinite lifespan, steel is the most recycled material on the planet. For example, a house frame can be fabricated out of three to four recycled cars.
The price of steel has been relatively constant over the last decade. While the price of traditional materials has been erratic and growing at a rate much faster than inflatio, steel prices have only experienced small quarterly adjustments. Builders interviewed have affirmed that framing with steel is commonly less expensive than traditional framing.
Yes, since steel framing allows for larger spans, a home can be designed without interior load-bearing partitions, making it easier for homeowners to complete alterations without affecting the structure.
The steel frame offers the home occupants a better protection than any other construction system. Scientists recommend seeking shelter in steel frame structures during lightning storms because the steel frame provides a path to the ground reducing the likeihood of explosions, secondary fires, or personal injury.
YES. Positive connections and the strength of H & B PRODUCTS together with steel provide great protection against earthquakes and hurricanes. Steel’s high strength and ductility together with ThermCon and PF56 I/E make it the best construction material for earthquake resistant design – see our final Seismic Test Reports!
Because of steel’s and ThermCon high strength and durability, your home should last and retain its value for a long time. In fact, if you take advantage of steel’s strength and flexibility by designing wide open spaces, you will have additional selling features. And on top, through H & B’s monolithic construction work you gain even more advantages through it’s high “Airtightness”! (see our AIR LEAKAGE TEST REPORT)