Steel Frame Construction used to be primarily used for large, simple structures, such as garages, large agricultural buildings and warehouses – as well as high-rise buildings. This is how steel frame construction is still understood in popular belief, but it is now also used for a wide range of other types of development, including offices, factories, schools, public steel buildings and some residential dwellings.
Steel frame house construction is a good option for a diversity of projects for many reasons, including:
Structural steel components can quickly be fabricated off-site at Khome facility and then transported to the construction site when needed, minimising onsite labour requirements and reducing the impact of variables that can delay a project, such as adverse weather.
Steel frame constructions offer the following advantages compared to brick, concrete and wooden constructions.
Structural steel components are lighter and stronger than weight-bearing wood or concrete products. A typical weight-bearing steel fabrication is 30% to 50% lighter than a wooden equivalent. This makes steel frame housing construction far stronger and more durable than traditional wood framed alternatives.
Steel studs are available in a variety of sizes and can be fabricated order. This means they can be customised to bear specific loads in prefab buildings of all different types and sizes.
Steel frame constructions are highly resistant to fire, reducing the fire risk to a building and retarding the spread of a fire should one occur. Special flame retardant coatings act to increase this property of structural steel.
Structural steel components are immune to the degrading effects of burrowing insects and mammals – which can cause a problem for wooden framework unless adequately treated.
Structural steel buildings can have good moisture resistant properties, depending on its carbon content. Hot zinc coating and extra powder treatments for enhanced rust resistance will make a structural steel component even more immune to the effects of water – an important consideration for components exposed to the weather.