Steel Frame House Construction


Steel Frame House Construction

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:

  • Durability
  • Affordability
  • Sustainability

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.

Advantages of Steel Frame Housing Construction

Steel frame constructions offer the following advantages compared to brick, concrete and wooden constructions.

1) Strength & Durability

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.

2) Easy Fabrication In Different Sizes

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.

3) Fire Resistance

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.

4) Pest & Insect Resistant

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.

5) Moisture & Weather Resistance

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.


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