Steel frames versus timber frames: Whats the difference?

The frame of a home is its backbone so it’s important that it’s strong and secure.  There have been many debates over the years over timber framed homes versus steel framed homes.  While both steel framed homes and timber framed homes have their pros and cons, it seems that steel framed homes are the standout product of the two.

Traditionally, homes have been built with timber frames, with steel framed homes only recently making an appearance. There have been many misconceptions over the years in regards to steel framed kit homes, however as they have become more common, many of these myths have been proven false.  If you are thinking about building a home and can’t decide on a timber or steel framed home, it is important to understand the options and implications of your choice.  The decisions that you make when building your home can impact the cost and circumstances of your home now and in the future.

Here is a comparison between steel framed homes and timber framed homes.

Movement

Even the slightest movements in a house frame can result in cracking of the plasterboard inside the house.  Movements of the frame can also cause what is often referred to as ‘creaking’ or noises in the house.  Steel framed kit homes are constructed with fixed brackets, screws and bolts, therefore, are incredibly strong and durable.  Although movement is not eliminated entirely, steel framed homes move less than timber framed homes.  In addition, unlike timber, steel frames don’t twist, warp, shrink or buckle so you can expect less overall movement with a steel framed home.

Environment

Steel is 100% recyclable and can be built with minimal site impact and waste.  The construction site for a steel framed home is much tidier than that of a timber framed home.  Steel is lightweight and is delivered to the site pre-cut.  In addition, due to the strength of steel, there is less need to cut into the ground and therefore less impact on the site.

Strength

Steel is considered to be a more durable material than timber.  Steel framed kit homes are designed to withstand cyclonic winds found in the northern tip of Australia. Steel frames can also survive bushfires which are a common problem throughout Australia.

Cost

Steel and timber framed homes can be difficult to compare in terms of cost.  As a general rule, the raw cost of steel is more expensive than timber.  However, there are a lot of different costs in the manufacturing and installation of steel and timber framed homes that can affect the overall cost.  Most steel framed homes are prefabricated off-site which reduces construction labour cost and wastage costs.  Overall, the cost of timber framed homes versus steel framed homes ends up being very similar.

There are a number of important factors to consider when deciding between a steel framed home and a timber framed home.  With both steel and timber having good and bad points, steel seems to offer a number of advantages over timber as a home building product.   Not only are steel frames stronger and more durable than timber frames, they also move less and are more environmentally friendly.  If you would like to know more about Steel Framed homes, contact our friendly team at Homefab Ph (07) 4092 2369 Mobile: 0417 641 970 or Email: sales@homefab.com.au

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