There are many myths about steel. Here are some of the most common questions new clients ask.
Q. Are steel frame homes cheaper to build?
A. Not only are steel buildings quicker and more convenient to build, but they are also cheaper and easier to maintain. Unlike other building options, steel is most often thought of as a one-time cost. Steel is impervious to many extreme weather conditions and is designed to survive for decades to come. 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 in a faster timeframe then other construction methods.
Q. Should I use your builders or attempt a DIY build?
A. Homefab steel frames can be used in DIY construction in scenarios where cost-saving is required. For experienced builders and DIY aficionados, our steel frames are simple to assemble and we can provide training or on site assistance where needed. However, for cases where just a single home is being assembled and homeowners have no construction experience, it’s recommended to use our building and Construction services.
Q. Are steel home frames safer than timber framing?
A. Steel is light but very strong! In fact, because it is so strong, it can be used instead of other materials such as hot rolled structural steel which is usually more expensive! Steel won’t warp, twist, sag or shrink, reducing the occurrence of things such as settling cracks, doors that jam etc. Another bonus is that steel is non-combustible, so it will not burn!
Being durable means our Cyclone Tested steel is more resilient to storms, high winds and cyclones.
Q. Are steel home frames noisy?
A. A popular misconception that often comes up is that Steel-Framed Homes are noisy! In reality, however, this is simply not true and there have been studies to prove it! Studies conducted by CSIRO found that ‘most occupants of homes with steel frames either reported no sound emitted from the frame or said that if it did, it was not a problem’. Some people even reported that there was less noise than timber framed houses!
Q. Wont the steel rust?
A. Protective coatings are used on steel to protect them against corrosion. Homefab uses Truecore Steel which has an alloy coating made of aluminium and zinc. It carries a 50 year conditional warranty against corrosion, giving you peace of mind (conditions may apply). When the steel is cut, the galvanic action or sacrificial protection prevents corrosion of any steel exposed at cut edges. Our steel frames are rust-proofed to the highest standards.
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. 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.