There are many myths about steel. Here are some of the most common questions new clients ask.
Q. Aren’t steel frame homes more expensive?
A. No. Steel homes are faster to erect from slab to lock-up thus saving time and money. Low maintenance and energy-efficiency provide long-term cost savings.
Q. Aren’t steel frames mostly used for sheds and weekenders?
A. No. Steel framed homes are now used by people who want a custom-designed, comfortable place in which to live or work. You can easily create large, luxurious spaces with steel framing.
Q. Don’t steel frames rust and move in harsh conditions?
A. In fact, today’s system built homes are manufactured with extreme accuracy. Timber frames may expand, contract or warp; however, this does not happen with steel. Our steel frames are rust-proofed to the highest standards.
Q. Isn’t it harder to build with a steel frame?
A. Our modern steel homes arrive with all sections clearly labelled and detailed instructions. Pieces fit together like a jigsaw. Fewer workers are needed to construct a steel framed home and builders need to spend less time on site.
Q. How do I know that this is high-quality steel?
A. At Homefab we use prefabricated lightweight TRUECORE® Steel by BlueScope Steel Australia. It comes with a 50-year warranty.
Q: Is it difficult to fix mistakes?
A: In the unlikely event of a mistake, Homefab will liaise with the builder and/or client. In some cases simple mistakes can be rectified on site by the builder, however if not, a Homefab representative will come to site to rectify any mistakes to ensure that progress isn’t halted.
Q: Will I spend my time fixing screws?
A: Unnecessary screw fixing on site in order to build a home is a tiresome and repetitive job that no-one looks forward to. Part of the numerous value adding features that set Homefab apart from the crowd is our DIY Construction system, which is designed to eliminate as much of the onsite screw fixing as possible.
All of our wall frames and trusses are prefabricated and fastened together using the Henrob Self Piercing System. This eliminates onsite assembly of wall frames and trusses as well as providing strong, and rust free connection which won’t loosen over time.
Henrob Self Pierce Riveting (SPR) is a cold joining process used to fasten two or more sheets of material by driving a rivet through the top sheet(s) and securing the rivet into the lower sheet without piercing it.
Homefab’s bearers also come with the joist already screw fixed in position. This not only simplifies the build process by pre-positioning where the joists need to be fixed but also halves the amount of screwing required during the subfloor assembly.