As a construction company specialising in steel & timber frame construction, we are well positioned to notice a growing interest in steel frame constructions. However, steel may not always be the best method for every building. With various highly effective construction technologies available, we’re going to go through the key advantages of steel frame construction as well as when not to use it and opt for a different method.
Steel frame construction was once reserved for huge, straightforward structures like garages, vast agricultural buildings, and warehouses – as well as high-rise skyscrapers. Steel frame construction is still thought to be used for offices, factories, schools, public buildings, and some residential dwellings in popular belief, but it is now used for a wide range of other types of development, including offices, factories, schools, public buildings, and some residential dwellings.
Three key reasons why steel frame construction is used over other methods are:
Structural steel components can be promptly produced off-site and then delivered to the construction site as needed, decreasing onsite labour needs and the influence of variables that can cause a project to be delayed, such as inclement weather.
When compared to brick, timber & concrete construction methods, there are some distinct advantages to using steel when building.
Steel studs come in a variety of sizes and can be custom-fabricated. As a result, they can be customised to support specified loads in a variety of building types and sizes.
Weight-bearing wood or concrete items are heavier and weaker than structural steel components. A typical weight-bearing steel fabrication is 30% to 50% lighter than a hardwood counterpart. As a result, steel frame construction is significantly more robust and sturdier than traditional wood frame options.
Depending on its carbon content, structural steel can have good moisture resistance. A structural steel component with a hot zinc coating and additional powder treatments for better rust resistance will be even more durable to the effects of water – a crucial issue for components exposed to the elements.
Steel frame constructions are fire resistant, minimising the danger of a building catching fire and slowing the spread of a fire if one does occur. This feature of structural steel is enhanced by special flame retardant coatings.
Despite all of the advantages to using steel frames when building, there may be times when it isn’t the most suitable material and timber framing, or other methods may be more appropriate.
The capacity to alter wooden structural components on-site is one of the advantages of employing them. A component can be sized down, nails hammered in to strengthen the joint, and so on. With steel, this is obviously impossible. Because steel fabrications are brought to site in their full shape, ready to be fitted into the building, the measures of steel must be properly determined in advance.
Of course, this is one of the major benefits of steel, but if the fabrication results in an incorrect component for whatever reason, the project may be delayed while the framework is returned to the workshop for adjustments. It’s important that the measurements are taken accurately before fabrication to ensure that adjustments are minimised or not needed at all.
Due to its high efficiency in transferring heat, steel is not noted for its warmth. When heat is carried away through steel studs, the insulating value of walls can be lowered by as much as half, which is bad news for energy retention in a building. Insulation measures must be put in place where steel frame construction is employed to counterbalance steel’s thermal conductivity.
Steel frame structures are rarely self-contained. They typically require drywall, sheathing, insulation, and additional wooden components to complete a structure. Some construction companies argue that the lengthier building time is a justification against steel frame constructions, however in most cases, the time savings outweigh any on-site alterations.
If you’re planning steel or Timber frame construction for your property build in Tiverton and the surrounding area, contact AD Plant & Construction. Our expert team will be able to advise you on the very latest building techniques and best methods of construction to suit your needs.