Steel Frame Myths Exposed

Myth #1 - Steel Frames Are Noisy

Potentially Steel Frames can be noisy, specifically as a result of mixing steel and timber structurally in a home.  Steel and timber work differently to each other resulting in noise.  Steelmaster uses steel for all structural elements in your home.  If timber is to be used structurally, for example a timber feature beam to support floor or rafters in a cathedral ceiling, then we use laminated or seasoned stable timber products.  Correct installation and finishing off of steel frames and trusses together with an insulation blanket under colorbond roofs result in homes without noise problems.

Myth #2 - Expansion And Contraction of Steel Frames

Yes steel does expand and contract with temperature changes.  However the amount of movement is very small, specifically due to the use of lightweight hi-tensile steel to frame and truss components.  The co-efficient of expansion and contraction of steel, brick, gyprock and fibre cement products (Weatherboards, Eaves, Patio & Verandah ceilings) is very similar, resulting in them moving minutely together.  Timber shrinkage is far greater than this, also timber will expand and contract with changes in humidity.

Myth #3 - Subcontractors Charge More for Steel Frame Homes

In many instances subcontractors who do not extensively work with steel charge more due to lack of experience.  Steelmaster can introduce you to subcontractors whom our clients have recommended to us because of the high quality of their work and the competitiveness of their price.

Plumbing and Electrical is simplified with punched holes and grommets to frames.  Brick ties simply screw to the Frame.  All Window and Door openings are spaced for Brickwork by C.A.D. frame and truss detailing software.

Gyprocking is generally done by commercial gyprockers who specialise in steel for suspended ceilings and steel partitioning in commercial applications.

Fixout carpentry can be simply screw or nail fixed.  Screws offer the owner builder the advantage of being able to remove them easily in the event of incorrect installation or to make changes in the future. Such as extensions or renovations to your Dream Home.

Myth #4 - Steel Will Rust

Yes steel will rust eventually - but when?  The B.H.P. Steel used by Steelmaster in frames and trusses is Zincalume.  Zincalume coating offers 4 times the life of galvanised steel.  B.H.P. offers a 50 year performance warranty on steel framing components.

Bear in mind that conventional timber framing also uses steel extensively for the joining of studs, plates, noggings, heads, all trusses, associated components specifically; nails, nail plates, triple grips, joist hangers and truss boots.  Generally the coatings on these products are zinc plating, bright steel or in some cases galvanised.  Do these have a 50 year warranty?