Why Are Steel Framed Homes Overtaking Timber And Brick?
Building a new home is an exciting yet overwhelming time. The main decision that homeowners struggle with making is choosing between brick, timber, or steel framed construction. Making an informed choice between these materials is vital to the strength, durability, integrity, and cost of your new home.
SO WHY IS STEEL OVERTAKING TIMBER AND BRICK AS THE PREFERRED BUILDING MATERIAL?
EFFICIENT & COST EFFECTIVE
If you are keen on moving into your new home sooner, then a steel framed home is the way to go as it cuts out all that extra time and labour required to construct a timber or double-brick home. There is no give-or-take with energy efficiency between steel framed homes and brick. At no extra cost you will be saving money with the thermal regulation you receive by using steel.
Our steel frames are prefabricated for your design, which means more efficient installation once construction commences, and practically no wastage of your materials which then, equals to less material costs and better value for your money.
Virtually indestructible, steel is resistant to fire, insects, wind, and natural disaster. These factors combined reduce your home insurance premiums.
We can all do a little extra in protecting our environment for years to come. Steel is a sustainable option as it does not require de-forestation and helps lower carbon emissions to promote clean air. Steel frames cause minimal site impact and are 100% recyclable as it doesn't require to be treated by any toxins or chemicals.
As the biggest investment of your life, you want your home to last. The consequence of timber frame is moisture and expansion. On the other-hand, steel will not split, wrap, swell or deteriorate overtime.
By now we are all aware of how hungry termites are for timber! Statistically, one in five houses are affected in Australia by termites. Timber requires a lot of harmful toxins and chemicals in prevention of this which does end up deteriorating overtime. However, one of the greatest benefits of steel is that it is 100% termite and insect proof as is.
In the unfortunate event of a fire, steel is non-combustible. Ember-proof frames reduce the speed of a fire spreading, which after a bushfire can mean the difference between fixing your home or having to re-build it.
Choosing the right material for your home is a big decision, and everyone’s needs may differ. To help guide you, here are some common questions that will help you make the right choice:
• Is my region susceptible to termites?
• What is my climate and how will it affect the structure of my home?
• Am I in a bushfire prone area?
• How much am I willing to pay for ongoing repairs and replacement?
• What is my budget and timeline?
• How long am I willing to wait and how much am I willing to pay?
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